Here's some nice summer music for ya: tonight is the
last second -to-last of three four local gigs by LA cumbia & vallenato young guns Very Be Careful. Tonight's show is at kick-back Barbès in Park Slope. (Just noticed another show tomorrow night at Don Pedro's hosted by Todd P.)
These young guys play straight-up Colombian folk music, and yet they don't sound fuddy-duddy to me, much the same way Yerbabuena makes modern traditional Puerto Rican music. They're lots of fun. Daniel Hernandez wrote a great piece about them in the L.A. Weekly a bit back, saying
When you go to see Very Be Careful play, it’s almost as much about the crowd as it is about the music. The Club Bahia show drew your typical VBC fans, who are ardent and loyal: cholos and their hinas, hip-hop and rasta heads, indie Latinos, hipsters, and the kind of people one astute neighbor refers to as “hippie hop.”
Sounds similar to the sort of crowd that hits Barbès. Go join 'em. The band is swinging by here on its way home from a UK tour promoting their new CD, Salad Buey. To find out more about the band, go to their site, or see a KCET multimedia feature on them here.
[Photo of VBC at Bahia Club LA by LA Weeky via Intersections]