Very Be Careful
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Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of show (including all service charges). They are also available through Hold My Ticket (112 2nd St SW), 505-886-1251, Monday to Friday 9 AM - 6 PM, Sat & Sun 11 AM - 6 PM.
Adventure has never been a task for Very Be Careful [website | Amazon.com]. 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 tens of thousands of men, women, children, and even some wild animals, to boogie to the Colombian coastal beat. From the debaucherous streets of Austin's SXSW to the cultural pinnacles of New York's Central Park Summerstage and London's Hammersmith Apollo, Very Be Careful 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, Very Be Careful forges ahead globetrotting alongside legends and antiheroes. Their infamous fifteen-year tradition hosting old school "dances" for Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve, 20 de Julio, Halloween, and the legendary July Fourth 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 the fiercest and funnest way to party.
"A VBC show isn't so much a performance as a communal celebration; it's very much an interactive experience, and the driving, pounding rhythms make it practically impossible not to dance. The music is as authentic as it gets, but also possesses an urban punk quality that makes it totally current and relevant. It literally transcends social barriers with indie kids, neighborhood locals, hipsters and hip-hop dudes all in attendance and equally united in appreciation." (L.A. Record)
Lone Piñon is an acoustic trio from Santa Fe, New Mexico whose music celebrates their region's cultural roots. Using violin, accordion, guitar, guitarrón, upright bass and harmony vocals in Spanish, English, and Nahuatl, the group has revived and updated the Chicano string band style that once flourished in New Mexico, bringing a devoted and explosive musicianship to Northern New Mexican polkas and chotes, virtuosic Mexican huapango and son calentano, and classic borderlands conjunto.
The musical landscape of New Mexico, like its culture, is beautiful and complex. Lone Piñon is the first of their generation of musicians to embrace the full scope of that complexity. Onstage, they cluster around a single microphone and play with a fiery intensity, moving seamlessly through several dozens of the dance forms that resonate in their home state. The result is a new sound, rooted in respect for the past and undeniably alive.
The band features three musicians whose careers have woven through a wide spectrum of roots music before converging in 2012 in Northern New Mexican music: Jordan Wax (fiddle, accordion, vocals); Greg Glassman (guitar, vocals); and Noah Martinez (guitarrón, upright bass).
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