“It’s a rock and roll album in a way,” Enrique Chi, vocalist and guitarist for Making Movies told Re Mezcla about the band’s latest album XOPA. “It’s coming from the birthplace of rock and roll, and it’s all in Spanish by an immigrant band with a Black drummer from America. Yes, this is America. This is American music in the broad sense of the continent, but it’s also from the nation, the United States of America.”
For the Kansas City, MO-based Making Movies, the last few years have been a wild ride. Ascendant since a star-making appearance with their mentor Ruben Blades at the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City in 2019. In regards to their new, all Spanish language album XOPA, Chi told Highway 81 Revisited “I think that as we were working on this music, in order to write songs in two languages, I’m actually cultivating two different artists, like different voices in a way. And I wanted to just hone in on one and really feel comfortable and feel like diving into one character.”
We are excited to present Making Movies in Daniels Hall at Swallow Hill Music on Wednesday, October 5 at 8 p.m.
Tickets for this concert and more October concerts are on sale now. See below for more details and thank you for supporting local music with Swallow Hill!
Wednesday, October 5 at 8 p.m.; $13 advance, $15 day of show
And… Action! Making Movies is a genre-defying band that crunches classic rock into Latin American rhythms to create a sound that encompasses the entirety of the Americas. NPR describes the band as “perhaps one of the most unique groups around today, Making Movies is sensual, smoky, and seductive. Distorted guitars are buried under their Latin groove, colliding beautifully and urgently.”
Thursday, October 6 at 8 p.m.; $10 advance, $12 day of show
Guitarist Tony Romano has been a visible part of the New York City music scene for over twenty years. With a wide range of playing styles, Tony has toured worldwide and performed and recorded with many notable Jazz, Latin, Pop, and Broadway artists, including Randy Brecker, Joe Locke, Michael Feinstein, Bill Warfield, and Steve LaSpina. He has also performed for NPR broadcasts and has appeared on NBC’s The Today Show, Telemundo, and the ABC Morning Show. Tony is an Adjunct Professor at Five Towns College and has been a Teaching Artist for the Kupferberg Center at Queens College, as well as an instructor for the National Guitar Workshop.
In addition to this concert, Tony is teaching two workshops on Saturday, October 10. For more details pertaining to the workshops at Swallow Hill Music with Tony Romano, please visit these links:
Friday, October 7 at 8 p.m.; $30 advance, $32 day of show
The musical partnership between Alasdair Fraser, long regarded as Scotland’s premier fiddle ambassador, and the sizzlingly-talented Californian cellist Natalie Haas may not seem an obvious one, but the duo’s dazzling teamwork, driving rhythms, and their shared passion for improvising on the melody and the groove of Scottish tunes has helped reconstruct and revive the Scottish tradition of playing dance music on violin and cello.
Friday, October 7 at 8 p.m.; $15 advance, $17 day of show
Michael O’Connor is a guitarist, singer and songwriter living in Washington State. For decades he has performed and recorded with musicians including Ray Wylie Hubbard, Slaid Cleaves, Adam Carroll, Susan Gibson, Terri Hendrix, and Jeff Plankenhorn. Jason McIntyre came to songwriting early; picking up guitar as an adolescent, he was more interested in creating his own material rather than covering what was on radio and MTV, as many of his friends were doing at the time. Today, the Austin, Texas-based troubadour creates a rootsy blend of American music with a depth and reach that bleeds beyond the boundaries of any specific genre.
Sunday, October 9 at 8 p.m.; $18 advance, $20 day of show
Indigenous singer-songwriter Christian Wallowing Bull resides in Wyoming, just outside the Wind River Reservation. With familial relations to the Wind River, as an enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe, his heart as a storyteller is to represent his own indigenous roots, and to bridge perspective and healing to the lives of those indigenous, as well as, non-indigenous.
Thursday, October 13 at 7 p.m.; $10 advance, $12 day of show
Enjoy an evening of music performed by Swallow Hill Music students in a 2022 Ensemble Showcase.
Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m.; $22 advance, $24 day of show
Clay Kirkland is delighted to celebrate 75 years in this blessed incarnation by presenting his sixteenth Annual Beat the Reaper Concert in Daniels Hall. Kirkland will perform acoustic and electric blues and rock and roll, from toe tapping traditional to the otherworldly. The transcendent nature of Kirkland’s performances and his virtuosity and depth of feeling on such a humble instrument was made possible by his lifetime of musical training. Kirkland has performed in concert with Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Garth Brooks, Robben Ford, Chuck Berry, Willie Nelson, Lou Rawls, and many others.
Friday, October 21 at 8 p.m.; $17 advance, $19 day of show
Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee are two kindred spirits who first met on the banks of the Mississippi while touring the Midwest festival circuit. Now, as The Lowest Pair, they have recorded and released five albums together, relentlessly toured North America, and ventured to the UK twice, playing over 500 live shows over the past five years.
Saturday, October 22 at 8 p.m.; $12 advance, $14 day of show
After a tumultuous 2021 that saw violin player Josie Quick shattering her elbow in an accident, Josie and her band Perpetual Motion are thankfully back to performing live. The duo, which also features Tom Carleno on guitar, is determined to break the mold of typical acoustic guitar and violin music. They dive into blues, rock, jazz, and world music. For Perpetual Motion, everything is an inspiration.
Sunday, October 23 at 8 p.m.; $18 advance, $20 day of show
Singer and songwriter Samantha Crain plays music that is informed by several strains of folk while also reflecting the influence of contemporary indie sounds. Of Native American heritage, Crain’s voice is strong while possessing an expressive quaver that adds to the emotional impact of her songs, which are personal efforts that blend a contemplative introspection with a keen eye for the world around.
Saturday, October 29 at 8 p.m.; $28 advance, $30 day of show
American Songwriter describes Eilen Jewell as one of America’s most intriguing, creative and idiosyncratic voices. The Boise, Idaho songwriter leads a tight quartet that blends influences of surf-noir, early blues, classic country, folk, and 1960s era rock ’n’ roll. Eilen’s fans have marveled at her warmth and onstage humor alongside her beautiful songs and fiery performances. The Los Angeles Daily News said, “Sometimes as darkly damaged as Lucinda Williams, at others as defiant and teasing as prime Peggy Lee and always authentically Americana in the Gillian Welch tradition … She’s mighty good.”
Sunday, October 30 at 8 p.m.; $20 advance, $22 day of show
Banjo player, singer, songwriter, percussive-dancer, choreographer and square-dance caller, Evie has always been surrounded by music – credit to her upbringing as daughter of an international folk dance teacher, and an old-time folk music devotee, she grew up thinking that playing music, dancing, singing with others was what people do. Evie is also teaching a workshop called Beyond the BumDitty for clawhammer banjo players a 4:30 the afternoon of the concert.