Making Movies Announces Spring Tour Dates


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Making Movies makes music that matters now: rhythmically adventurous, lyrically substantive, and melodically sensuous—the progressive Latino sound. On March 5, 2013 the young Kansas City-based band self-releases their second album, titled A La Deriva and produced by Steve Berlin. Today, Making Movies announces a slew of spring tour dates that wind through the Midwest and south before heading west. The complete list of currently confirmed tour dates is included below, with additional plays still to be announced.

Led by Panamanian brothers Enrique and Diego Chi(singer/songwriter/guitarist and bassist respectively) – and made complete by percussionist Juan Carlos Chaurand and drummer Brendan Culp – Making Movies has been hailed as “a rare crossover band…that embraces its heritage without being wholly defined by it” (The Pitch). Early reviews of A La Deriva give praise that “influences on the album go far beyond traditional Latin forms” – where “attitudes from early New Wave and classic alternative rock often assert themselves dominantly” and where “plenty of beautiful ugliness in the guitar work [is] also offset by…pretty moments.”

The strong rapport between Berlin (whose studio credits include Los Lobos first 2 records, Ozomatli’s Embrace The Chaos, Los Super Seven’s Canto) and the members of Making Movies is palpable, and for A La Deriva the collaboration created a sound that is “bigger, roomier and even more raucously joyous” (Ink Magazine) than the band’s first recording. Berlin was first turned on to Making Movies when the guys opened up for Los Lobos at their Kansas City show. “I was struck by the effortless way they moved between musical styles, all the while managing to make each one completely their own,” Berlin explains. “It was fairly instantaneous that I decided I wanted to work with them.”

“We went into the studio thinking Steve would trim down our sound, make us sound more concise,” Enrique recently told the Kansas City Star. “But he did the opposite. He’d have us drag things out, follow our instincts and get weirder and more complex.” As to Berlin’s thoughts on the final result, he says “…it’s rare that [when producing an album] I anticipate a result and it’s a million times better than what I anticipated. This is one of those records.”

Now, Making Movies gears up to bring their music nationwide.

Making Movies current list of spring tour dates is as follows:
Friday, February 22 Vision Night Club Des Moines IA
Saturday, February 23 Palms North Liberty IA Supporting DJ Edwin Alvarado
Saturday, March 2 Riot Room Kansas City MO
Thursday, March 14 Kantere’s Rio Piedras Puerto Rico
Sunday, March 17 Nuyorican Cafe San Juan, Puerto Rico
Friday, March 22 Palms North Liberty IA Supporting DJ Edwin Alvarado
Sunday, March 24 Blind Bob’s Dayton OH supporting Vanity Theft, CD Release show
Friday, March 29 Vaudeville Mews Des Moines IA CD Release show
Saturday, March 30 Township Chicago IL CD Release show
Friday, April 5 Off Broadway St. Louis MO CD Release show
Saturday, April 6 Middle of The Map Fest Kansas City MO
Friday, April 12 Parish Underground Austin TX
Saturday, April 13 Hi-Tones San Antonio TX
Thursday, April 18 Frank’s Austin TX Supporting Vitera
Saturday, April 27 Beerfest Bakersfield CA
Saturday, April 27 On the Rocks Bar and Grill Bakersfield CA
Thursday, May 9 Hi-Dive Denver CO
Friday, May 10 Jazz Haus Lawrence KS

Additional dates to be announced.