Making Movies Carnaval
June 9th @ Knuckleheads


Purchase Tickets: HERE

KIDS TIX (17 and under) : $17 Admission Price

ADULT TIX: $28 Admission Price

Paisano Y Paisana VIP Bundle: $60 VIP bundle includes the Carnaval Tour poster, t-shirt, lanyard, and ticket!

Join us for Kansas City’s most vibrant and festive day of music, the 4th annual Making Movies Carnaval!

Making Movies Carnaval is an immersive music experience that brings together national, local, and youth performers to celebrate Kansas City’s diverse arts community. The family friendly event features street performers, food trucks, artist’s alley, local vendors, face painting, drum safari and more.

Carnaval serves as a fundraiser for Art as Mentorship, a music-education nonprofit launched by Making Movies in 2018. The day will include performances by young songwriters, musicians, and dancers who have been impacted by the band’s educational outreach.

For four weeks in the summer of 2018, spaces across the USA will be reclaimed by the spirit of Carnaval and invoke a night of music, solidarity, and celebration with some of the most exciting Latin artists making music today. Carnaval The Tour is redefining folk in North America– highlighting the rich, but often overlooked, folk music of Latin America and the artists who are bringing it into the future. From Los Angeles to Cuba, Panama to New Orleans, Carnaval is a moment to let loose and express the resilience of the human spirit. It is an open and inclusive environment, a place where tradition and rebellion coexist.

This one-of-a-kind concert experience is an extension of the Making Movies Carnaval, a music and arts festival founded by American rock’n’roll band Making Movies. Carnaval The Tour celebrates Latino heritage in the United States by focusing on the integral role Latin music has played in the American story of folk, jazz, and rock’n’roll. “Celebrate Our Folk” is our way of saying “celebrate our America.”

Making Movies
Making Movies blends pulsing Afro-Latino rhythms, psychedelic jams and rock ’n’ roll swagger into powerful live performances, full of theatrics and cathartic climaxes. Armed with the ambitious and politically charged 2017 release I Am Another You — “lyrically and sonically one of the best albums of the year,” NPR raved — and a companion EP, You Are Another Me, the Kansas City band punches out one high-energy song after another. The foursome showcases their Latin American roots, with frontman Enrique Chi incorporating traditional instruments like the Panamanian mejorana alongside electric guitar, or the Chaurand brothers swapping drums and percussion for a dueling zapateado huasteco, a traditional form of dance from Veracruz, Mexico. The band’s political idea is straightforward enough that they can express it in four words: “We are all immigrants.”

“Making Movies is breaking down walls in the United States” – Rolling Stone
“Lyrically and sonically one of the best albums of the year” NPR
“A pointed social statement from a group who’s sound is its own form of protest” – KUTX, Austin

Enrique Javier Chi (of Making Movies)
Solo Show to benefit Art As Mentorship

March 22nd at Gospel Lounge (Knuckleheads)

Doors at 7 pm show at 8 pm
$30 TIX Available HERE
2715 Rochester, Kansas City, MO 64120

Enrique Javier Chi of Making Movies will perform a solo acoustic set as a fundraiser for the newly launched nonprofit, Art As Mentorship.   The show will feature special guest collaborators including youth performers.  Limited seating available, purchase your tickets in advance, the show will sell out.


——  PAST EVENTS ——  

AJ El Kallejero (NYC Spotify Curator)
Digital Music Workshop – Feb 23rd

Artist Chat with AJ “El Kallejero” Ramos
February 23rd at 90.9 The Bridge
Doors at 4 pm event from 4:30-5:30 pm

Art As Mentorship is hosting its second Artist Chat with AJ “El Kallejero” Ramos this Friday at 90.9 The Bridge. When AJ is at his day job in New York City, he spends his time curating music and chatting with some of the worlds most successful musicians, from Daddy Yankee to Bruno Mars, but on Friday, he will be taking an hour to talk to young dreamers in Kansas City.

This chat is open to anyone young person interested in pursuing a career in music, radio or entertainment. When Making Movies met AJ, he inspired the band to work harder and keep dreaming. We are very excited to be able to have him share his insights with young people in Kansas City.

Thank you our amazing partners, Base Academy of Music and 90.9 The Bridge and thanks to everyone who attended the chat with Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real!


Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real:  Sound Check and Artist Chat

February 8th at Uptown Theater
Doors at 4:00 event from 4:30-5:30

High School and College Age Students are invited to join Lukas Nelson and his bandmates February 8th at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, MO. Nelson and his band want to talk about how music can be a positive thing in life, it can keep you on track and away from things that tear you down. In addition, students who attend will get to sit in on a professional sound check and see behind the scenes of a large-scale performance.


The workshop is presented in partnership with the 90.9 the Bridge and Art As Mentorship, a new young songwriter program that develops young songwriters in Kansas City.


Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real have played hundreds of shows and major festivals all over the world and built a devoted underground following.  Lukas’ profile continued to rise when he contributed three songs and heavenly vocals to his dad Willie Nelson’s 2012 album, Heroes. Then two years later, life took another turn skyward when Neil Young decided to make Promise of the Real his touring and studio band. Young has guided the grateful young musicians ever since as they’ve backed the legend on tour around the world and on his two most recent albums

Coming of age in a celebrated musical family, Lukas Nelson learned early on that true originality is hard won, never given. Doubtlessly blessed with a measure of musical ability, it’s clear that his natural gifts have been honed by a singular devotion to craft and a deep appreciation for the sacrifice a creative life requires. 

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