On the heels of L.A.’s La Santa Cecilia’s packed back-to-back shows at the Mix and Boneshakers in February, another bilingual Latin alternative band comes to San Antonio with an almost identical calendar: Kansas City’s Making Movies will play at the Mix March 10 and Main Plaza on March 15. Both shows are highly recommended.
Making Movies (Panamanian-born Enrique Chi on vocals and guitar, Nic Kolar on bass, Mexican Juan-Carlos Chaurand on percussion and keyboards, and Brendan Culp on drums) is a tight, four-piece Latin alternative fusion band whose latest EP, 2010’s In Deo Speramus, displays a fresh take on Afro-Cuba mixed with Brit-pop guitars. If you’ve been to the movies lately, you might’ve heard of them. The AMC Best Picture Showcase trailer, shown in theaters nationwide for weeks before the Academy Awards, used an instrumental portion of their song “Sirena,” one of their least-Latin tracks.
“‘Sirena’ is a bit of a departure for us,” Chi told the Current on the phone from Kansas City. “Not as much Cuban grooves as in other songs, which have tumbaos and claves.”
Making Movies played at the Mix last October with their buddies Pop Pistol, whom they have shared bills with since the two bands met in Kansas City last June during Pop Pistol’s first trek through the Midwest last June.
“Pop Pistol packed the club `at the Mix in October` and we had a lot of fun,” said Chi. “We’ve been thoroughly impressed with SA. It seems to be a very open and supportive arts community where not all the music is punk, but most people we met have a punk-rock attitude about life. We were blown away. We loved it.”
They were so impressed that Making Movies will be playing every second Thursday at the Mix for three months.
“Pop Pistol is trying to convince us to move there,” Chi said. “Who knows? Kansas City is also cheap, but our winters are terrible!”
Making Movies at the Mix sounds good, but the show at Main Plaza has extra ingredients. For starters, this is the first time Pop Pistol and Azul will perform together. The Pistol trio — which will be releasing their new EP with a party at Jack’s Bar on April 1 — will back the Mexican songstress Azul on a couple of tracks and then stick around to provide her with sonic effects for the rest of her set.
“We always wanted to play with her, but it wasn’t possible until now,” bassist George Garza told the Current. “And we love playing in the middle of the city at Main Plaza. It’s a completely different environment for us, and we always have huge, family-friendly turnouts.”
And the Azul at Main Plaza will be a different Azul than the city is used to. Known for her classic bolero/ranchera or her Azul Eléctrica sides, the artist will be giving us a glimpse of her new sound: Toromata, a project she’s working on with two Mexico City friends.
“It’s totally DF `Federal District` electronic music,” Azul said. “Ever since my father passed away a few months ago, I felt the need to take a hiatus from my usual repertoire and explore new things. This will be the first time I play these songs in San Antonio, so it’s a special night for me.”
Making Movies At The Mix w. The Click Clack Boom (Brooklyn)
10pm Thu, Mar 10
2423 N St. Mary’s
At Main Plaza w. Pop Pistol and Azul
5pm Tue, Mar 15
115 N Main