Energy, mysticism, roots — it’s hard to describe the music of Making Movies, the band that will take the Summer Breeze stage at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Lions Park. Residents are encouraged to bring seating and refreshments to the free concert at the corner of Flood and Symmes streets and enjoy the band whose album NPR said was “lyrically and sonically one of the best albums of the year.”
Rolling Stone said 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.
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.
Salsa icon Rubén Blades joined forces with the band to launch “No Te Calles” on Jan. 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.
Chicago Tribune declared Making Movies to be “an icon of pro-immigrant advocacy.”
“We are all immigrants” Enrique Chi said. “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. Website for the genre-breaking band is mkngmvs.com.
Free Summer Breeze concerts are made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council, with 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; Peggy Doviak, DM Wealth Management; Hitachi; Republic Bank of Norman; Edward Jones Investments; Bruce and Trisha Bunce; Bob Schlegel; Bluebonnet Bar; and The Montford Inn.
Friends include: Laurel Group, LLC; The Baked Bear; The Winston; Frank and Suzy Lawrence; and Monty Kapunkle. Becca Hewes, Yogalife, is a Neighbor.