Bio

Adventure has never been a task for VBC.  A Caribbean soul and a California heart have sustained two decades 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, Germany’s WorldCupTour ’06, L.A.’s SunsetJunctionStreetFair; to the cultural pinnacles of: Chicago’s SummerDanceSeries, New York’s CentralParkSummerstage, L.A.s’ GrandPerformances & Levitt Pavilion, London’s HammersmithApollo; colossal concerts: L.A. Sports Arena CumbiaFest, GlastonburyMusicFestival & Bestival UK, FujiRockFestival & AsagiriJam 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, helping to popularize the beauty of the 1950s-1970s sound of Colombian vallenato and cumbia.

Bootlegged across the Americas, pumped in the clubs, and ripped in cyberspace and the airwaves around the world, VeryBeCareful forges ahead globetrotting alongside legends and antiheros: JoeStrummer, AlfredoGutierrez, Antibalas, CarlosVives, GrupoNiche, KronosQuartet, GogolBordello, BuenaVistaSocialClub, JackWhite, CelsoPiña, VampireWeekend, FrukoYSusTesos. Their infamous fifteen year traditions hosting old school “dances” for Valentine’sDay, NewYear’sEve, 20deJulio, Halloween, and the legendary July Fourth Brooklyn “CumbiaUnderTheSparks” rooftop affair, has brought together people from around the globe itchin’ for those early roots sounds that prove a stripped down parranda is the fiercest and funnest way to party.

Discography

  • Deception Is Easy (produced by Money Mark)
    1998 Pinto Records
  • Cheap Chillin
    1999 De Volada/Downtown Pijao/Steadybeat
  • The Rose
    2001 Downtown Pijao
  • El Grizz
    2002 Downtown Pijao
  • Ñacas
    2005 Downtown Pijao
  • Salad Buey
    2007 Downtown Pijao
  • Horrible Club (live bootleg recordings)
    2009 Downtown Pijao
  • Escape Room
    2010 Barbès
  • ¿Remember Me From The Party?
    2012 Downtown Pijao
  • El Millonario
    2013 Downtown Pijao/Steadybeat

Film/Video

  • The Tooth (film short)
    2003 Downtown Pijao/Cinnamon Roll Gang
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VBC

“SE HAN CONVERTIDO EN UNA BANDA DE CULTO, QUE APARECE SIN AVISAR Y SIEMPRE PONE A LA AUDENCIA A MOVER EL ESQUELETO”
Al Borde

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Press

Very Be Careful are bicoastal Vallenato musicians infused with the kind of emotional retelling that influenced Gabriel Garcia Marquez so deeply, he described One Hundred Years of Solitude as a 350 page Vallenato
LA Weekly

Videos