Energy, mysticism, roots – it’s hard to describe the music of Making Movies, the band that will take the Summer Breeze stage on Sunday, June 30, 2019. The free concert begins at 7:30. Bring seating and refreshments to Lions Park, Flood and Symmes, and enjoy the band whose album NPR said was “lyrically and sonically one of the best albums of the year.”
Rolling Stone says Making Movies is “breaking down walls in the United States,” with a mix of afro-latino rhythms and psychedelic rock’n'roll that makes the group’s sound something unique. The connection between the Chi brothers (hailing from Santiago, Panama)– together with their Mexican bandmates, the Chaurand brothers – results in an overwhelming musical presence that takes you through landscapes festive, furious, refreshing, and dark.
At times the falsetto of Diego Chi (bassist) takes you to the underworld, while the fuzz of Enrique Chi’s guitar anchors his spirited voice in the midst of the Chaurand brothers’ primal and folkloric percussion. In an explosion of energy on the stage––does the soundtrack make the movie, or does the movie make for the soundtrack?
Salsa icon Rubén Blades joined forces with the band to launch “No Te Calles” on January 18, a song and a movement that invites artists and fans to participate on the website NoTeCalles.World. No Te Calles is the first single from the upcoming album by Making Movies, a collaborative “mixtape” the group released in May 2019.
Chicago Tribune declares Making Movies to be “an icon of pro-immigrant advocacy.” “We are all immigrants” Enrique Chi says. “That kind of lineage affirms my belief that we’re all connected in spirit. We all come from tribal African people, if you go all the way back. So to me, the message of the band is part of this whole continuum: that music itself is a vehicle for truth."
The band has toured extensively, appearing with the likes of Arcade Fire, Los Lobos, Hurray For the Riff Raff, Bomba Estereo, Galactic, Jesse & Joy, Flor De Toloache, and Thievery Corporation.
Free Summer Breeze Concerts are made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council, with major in-kind support from Norman Parks and Recreation Department. Norman Smile Center is a Summer Breeze Sponsor. Contributors include: Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School; Tom McAuliffe, Don Cies Real Estate; Cindy Merrick, Therapy in Motion; The Mont; Hugh and Keri Young; DM Wealth Management, Inc.; Hitachi; Republic Bank of Norman; Edward Jones Investments; Bruce and Trisha Bunce; Frank and Suzy Lawrence; Bob Schlegel; Bluebonnet Bar; and The Montford Inn.