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Very Be Careful
Club Bahia, May 25
There's always an element of danger at a Very Be Careful show. They tend to play venues and in neighborhoods where the occasional bar brawl is not uncommon. And the band members themselves, true products of the modern multicultural L.A., are legendary in the city's urban core for never turning down that pivotal final drink. You know, the one people still talk about a week after it gets drunk. It's their charm, their force: playing traditional Colombian vallenato, a kind of sexy, sleepy-eyed cousin of cumbia that you cannot, just cannot, help dancing to as soon as it strikes your ears and hips, Very Be Careful encompasses the “real” Los Angeles in a way no other home-grown cultural phenomenon does. Of course, people might fight or get too drunk or start making out ravenously on the dance-floor. Everyone is sweating. Everyone is checking each other out. Everyone is a shade of the color called Mixed.
So with excitement and a little trepidation I made my first venture on Thursday night to Club Bahia, a salsa nightclub on a sketchy stretch of Sunset Boulevard on the eastern tip of Echo Park, to see the VBC guys jam out some fresh vallenato in celebration of their new, all-original record, Salad Buey. The nightclub is decorated in the classic Latin American supper-club style: dark, lots of neon, fields of small round tables ideal for coupling and cuddling, organized around a square hard-wood dance-floor. We're hanging out at the bar while a DJ spins mainstream cumbia and already the vibe is considerably hot.
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