Very Be Careful

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Very Be Careful
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Cumbia, Vallenato
Years active 1997–present
Labels Downtown Pijao, Treasure Bottle
Members Ricardo Guzman
Arturo Guzman
Craig Martin
Dante Ruiz
Richard Panta

Very Be Careful (VBC) is a Los Angeles band that plays Colombian vallenato music, a traditional cumbia[1] sound that centers around the accordion, backed with percussion and bass. The group was started in 1998 in Los Angeles by accordionist Ricardo"Ricky G" Guzman and his bass playing brother Arturo "Brickems" Guzman. They were soon joined by Richard "Mil Caras" Panta on Caja Vallenata, Craig "Peabody" Martín on Guacharaca and Dante "The Rip" Ruiz on Cowbell.

They have independently released 7 full-length studio albums mixed with equal parts traditional covers and original material. They have also toured to Japan playing one of the largest festivals there with over 100,000 people attending in 2005, The Fuji Rock Festival as well as one of London's largest, The Glastonbury Festival. In 2006, Very Be Careful completed a European tour.[2]


Date of Release Title Label
1998 El Niño
2001 The Rose Downtown Pijao
2002 El Grizz Downtown Pijao
2005 Ñacas Downtown Pijao
2007 Salad Buey Treasure Bottle
2010 Escape Room Barbes
2012 ¿Remember Me From The Party? Downtown Pijao
2000 Cheap Chillin


  1. ^ Gervase de Wilde (18 Jan 2008). "Cumbia: why the world is catching on". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 Feb 2009. 
  2. ^ Nick Hasted (6 May 2008). "Very Be Careful, Cargo, London". The Independent. Retrieved 23 Feb 2009. 

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