Very Be Careful

Very Be Careful

 Los Angeles, California, USA

Very Be Careful is a vallenato band. Vallenato uses sinister indigenous melodies played on a German accordion over African rhythms played on native percussion. The singing and lyrics are strong heartfelt laments of social strife, heartbreak and drinking, plus a few shoutouts to the homies.


Adventure has never been a task for VBC. A Caribbean soul and a California heart have sustained a decade of ceaseless romp-downs and raucous times for L.A.’s vallenato veteranos, inciting 10s of 1000s of men, women, children, and even some wild animals, to boogie to the Colombian coastal beat. From the debaucherous streets of: Austin’s SXSW, and Germany’s WorldCupTour ’06; to the cultural pinnacles of: Chicago’s SummerDanceSeries, New York’s CentralParkSummerstage, Los Angeles’ GrandPerformances, Silver Lake’s SunsetJunctionStreetFair; colossal concerts: L.A. Sports Arena CumbiaFest, GlastonburyMusicFestival UK, and FujiRockFestival Japan; clubs and hubs: N.Y.’s SOBs, L.A.’s HOBs, backyard BBQs, VeryBeCareful has tamed the beasts within or unleashed the ones without. Bootlegged across Latin America, pumped at the clubs, and ripped on the radio and satellite stations of Japan, Argentina, Mexico, England, Belgium, Australia, Canada and the USA, VeryBeCareful forges ahead globetrotting alongside legends and antiheros: JoeStrummer, AlfredoGutierrez, Antibalas, CarlosVives, DubTrio, GrupoNiche, KronosQuartet, GogolBordello. Their infamous ten year traditions hosting old school “dances” for Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve, Halloween and the legendary July 4th Brooklyn “Cumbia Under The Sparks” rooftop affair, has brought together people from around the globe itchin’ for those early roots sounds that prove a stripped down parranda is sometimes fiercer, and funner, than a bleedin’ riot. Their newest cd, Salad Buey, is an urban jungle story of wild beasts and wilder beauties. It is a raw tale of L.A.’s gritty streets as told through the sweet and savory sounds of accordion, bass, and percussion under the same palm tree sway as on the steamy coast of Colombia.


"El Niño" 1998 Pinto Records (produced by Money Mark)
"Cheap Chillin" 1999 De Volada Records
"The Rose" 2001 Downtown Pijao
"El Grizz" 2002 Downtown Pijao
"The Tooth" 2003 Downtown Pijao (film which stars the band)
"Ñacas" 2005 Downtown Pijao
"Salad Buey" 2007 Downtown Pijao
"Escape Room" 2010 Barbès

Set List

Since we do vintage traditional music, we do many covers and many originals in the same vein. Our sets are usually about 45 minutes and we often do two sets, because, quite frankly, people usually want to continue dancing and request more from VBC. Some covers we do come from Colombian composers like Alejandro Duran, Alfredo Gutierrez, Andres Landero.