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Oct. 4, 2022

Making Movies performance extends Hispanic Heritage Month activities

Northwest Missouri State University is continuing its commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month with a concert performance featuring a Panamanian band.

Making Movies

Making Movies

Making Movies will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, in the Mary Linn Auditorium at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert was organized through a collaboration of Northwest’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts and Office of Diversity Inclusion. The concert also is funded with support from the Missouri Arts Council.

“They are excellent musicians who bring a lot of energy to their performances,” Dr. Debra Brown, an assistant professor of music and associate chair of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, said. “Anyone who appreciates a live music scene and enjoys rock music with a decidedly Latin American, African vibe to it will love Making Movies. They truly embed the Americas into their performances and recordings. It’s fresh, it’s new and it is just great music.”

Making Movies makes American music with a sound that encompasses the entirety of the Americas. The band combines classic rock into Latin American rhythms – African-derived percussion and styles like rumba, merengue, mambo and cumbia – in a way that feels familiar and delivers the invigorating chills of hearing something unique.

During the course of their career, the band has turned heads as a “Tiny Desk” newcomer, a voice for immigrant rights and as a co-writer alongside salsa icon Rubén Blades. Their song “I am Another You” reached No. 3 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Album chart.

Making Movies has toured extensively, appearing with Arcade Fire, Rubén Blades, Los Lobos, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Bomba Estereo, Galactic, Flor De Toloache and Thievery Corporation. The band’s fourth album, “XOPA,” was released on a Los Angeles-based label, Cósmica Artists.

“This program enhances the Hispanic Heritage Month activities by providing another co-curricular experience in which participants can learn and grow in a space outside of the classroom,” Dr. Justin Mallett, assistant vice president of diversity and inclusion, said. “The group will provide an entertaining experience and bring a cultural understanding of the role of music in the Hispanic community.”

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