Very Be Careful, Bomberas de la Bahia

Parish Group and Jaffe Events Present

Very Be Careful

Bomberas de la Bahia

La Mixta Criolla, DJ Stepwise

Sat, May 24, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Brick & Mortar Music Hall

San Francisco, CA

$10 adv - $13 dos

This event is 18 and over

Under 21 must buy $5 drink ticket at the door.

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Very Be Careful
Very Be Careful
Exciting adventures has never been a task for Very Be Careful. Filled with a Caribbean soul and a California heart L.A.ʼs Vallenato veterans have sustained a decade of ceaseless touring around the world. Inciting fans without borders, and even some wild animals, to boogie and shake to the sounds of a Colombian coastal beat VBC break down barriers to good fun.

From the debauchery filled streets of Austinʼs SXSW to Germanyʼs World Cup Tour ʼ06; to the cultural pinnacles of Chicagoʼs Summer Dance Series to New Yorkʼs Central Park SummerStage and London's Glastonbury Festival and Japan's Fuji Rock and Silver Lakeʼs Sunset Junction Street Fair; from their den of dance in their hometown of Los Angeles to the the boroughs of New York Very Be Careful has hit them all and left em wanting more.

Bootlegged across Latin America, pumped in the clubs and on the radio around the globe, Very Be Careful forges ahead globetrotting alongside legends and anti-heros before them like Joe Strummer, Alfredo Gutierrez, Antibalas, CarlosVives, DubTrio, Grupo Niche, Kronos Quartet, Gogol Bordello.

Their infamous ten year traditions hosting old school "dances" for Valentineʼs Day, New Yearʼs Eve, Halloween and the legendary July 4th Brooklyn "Cumbia Under The Sparks" rooftop affair, has brought together people from around the globe itchinʼ for those early roots sounds that prove a stripped down Parranda is sometimes fiercer and funner, than a bleedinʼ riot.

The group was started in 1998 in LA by accordionist Ricardo Guzman and his bass playing brother Arturo. They were soon joined by Richard Panta on caja vallenata, Craig Martín on guacharaca, and Dante Ruiz on cow bell. They instantly became a party favorite among Cumbia aficionados and hipster revelers in both their hometown of LA and second home of New York, where their 4th of July shows have become legendary.

Over 7 full length releases including their latest, Escape Room (Barbès 2010), they have gone farther than most to not just capture the insane raw energy of their live shows but spread their love of deep roots dance music to the masses. These guys are not revivalists just plain old beatmakers.
Bomberas de la Bahia
Bomberas de la Bahia
Bringing the heat of the Caribbean to la misión on Carnaval weekend is the Bay Area’s own Las Bomberas de la Bahia. One of only a handful of all-women’s Bomba groups to ever exist internationally, Las Bomberas take Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba music to the next level. Born in SF’s Mission district with a passion and commitment to social justice, Las Bomberas strive to use the cultural arts to lift the voices of marginalized communities while holding a deep love of Afro-Puerto Rican traditions. The group was founded in November 2007 and is composed of San Francisco Bay Area artists, educators, and activists, under the direction of Sarazeta Ragazzi and Denise Solis. Come celebrate love, life, and liberation with the intoxicating rhythms of Puerto Rico and Las Bomberas de la Bahia!
La Mixta Criolla
La Mixta Criolla
La Mixta's repertoire of originals and funky renditions of traditional tunes, features a variety of swinging Caribbean grooves, from plena, bomba, guaracha jíbara, aguinaldo, to merengue, son, rumba, seis, cumbia and salsa.

music and dance ensemble inspired in the rich and diverse musical culture of Puerto Rico and the greater Caribbean. The group’s repertoire of originals and funky renditions of traditional tunes, features a variety of swinging Caribbean grooves, from plena, bomba, guaracha jíbara, seis and aguinaldo, to merengue, son, rumba, cumbia and salsa. And the band is as comfortable, and passionate, playing a bolero, a slow seis con décimas, or a classic danza.
La Mixta's sound is based on the mix of "cueros, cuerdas y voces" - skins, strings, and vocals – with Héctor Lugo on bongó, panderos, barriles, vocals, and percusión menor; Javier Navarrette on congas, cajón, percusión menor, and vocals; Sandra García Rivera on vocals and güícharo; Camilo Landau on Puerto Rican cuatro (a ten string guitar descendant of North African instruments that came to the Caribbean via Spain) and vocals; and Ayla Dávila on bass and vocals. The group’s debut CD AfroTaíno also features Jacky Rago on Venezuelan cuatro (a four string guitar of similar ancestry as its boricua cousin); Miguel Luciano, Ronald Rosario, and Yaya Maldonado on lead vocals; Enrique Quique Dávila on accordion and vocals; Carlos Caro on güira, Julio Perez on tambora dominicana, Enrique Hernández on the saxos, Alí Choco Luna on requinto, Yuseff Pili Martínez on tres dos, and Chris Flaco Walker on tumba.
Some of La Mixta’s performances feature traditional Bomba dancing, a centuries old form of Afro-Puerto Rican music and dance characterized by structured improvisation and the intricate dialogue established between the bailador(a), the dancer, and the primo or lead drummer. The group's principal dancers and choreographers are Shefali Shah and Christina Navarro, with the collaboration Jo-Annie Seda, Alí Luna, and Jahman Lee.
In Puerto Rico, "una mixta" (a mixta) is the quintessential combination of rice and beans with a meat and/or vegetable accompaniment. Every small restaurant or "fonda" has its mixta of the day and patrons know they can count on getting a home style meal full of flavor and, in many cases, love. In the Latin Caribbean at large the term "criolla/o" refers to the blend of African, Spanish-Mediterranean, and Aboriginal cultural influences that give some of the region’s cultures their distinctive character and flavor. Our Mixta combines a variety of these influences to cook up a musical stew worthy of the most humble fonda!!!
DJ Stepwise
DJ Stepwise
DJ Stepwise es un reggae/dancehall selector y productor de "La Bahia" de California (San Francisco/Oakland). Nacido en Buenos Aires, Argentina, Stepwise se fue para los EEUU de muy joven y ahora esta viviendo en La Bahia desde el 1997. Con mas de 15 años detras las tornamesas, Stepwise he tocado en sitios alrededor del mundo (los EEUU, Australia, Espana, Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, Canada, entre otros) y he compartido el escenario con artistas grandes como Barrington Levy, Capleton, Kymani Marley, Freddie McGregor, Toots & the Maytals, Gentleman, Demarco, Gondwana, Luciano, Midnite, Chuck Fender, Lutan Fyah, Yellowman, Alika (girando como su DJ), Aswad, Groundation, Tony Rebel, Eek-a-Mouse, OneChot (girando como su DJ), Fidel Nadal y muchos de los sound systems mas reconocidos del mundo.

Stepwise tambien es muy reconocido por sus mixtapes, que se han destacados entre los mejores del genero. El catologo incluye: SPANISH TOWN, FULL CONFIDENCE VOL 1 & 2 (hechos con Chukki Starr & NiyoRah), THE OFFICIAL 2008 SOUTH AMERICA TOUR MIX 2008 & 2010 (hechos con Mr Vegas & Anthony B), RE-MIXED (100% compuesto de remixes de Stepwise) y varios mas. En Junio del 2008 Stepwise tambien fue el DJ encargado de mezclar y programar el quinto disco de Alika & Nueva Alianza EDUCATE YOURSELF, que fue hecho en formato mixtape, En Julio del 2011 Alika y Step tambien lanzaron su segundo proyecto en conjunto: otro mixtape compuesto del catologo completo de Alika, titulado UNIDAD Y RESPETO.

Hoy en dia Stepwise se encuentra tocando en fiestas de reggae, dancehall y world music por La Bahia y en las afueras. Presentandose solo y tambien como DJ de varios artistas (Alika, OneChot, Buju Banton, entre otros) Stepwise se encuentra girando varias meses por año, llevando su show a distintos paises por todo Latinoamerica con bastante regularidad. Stepwise tambien se escucha al aire cada semana con su programa de radio GALANG RADIO. Galang se transmite por Internet cada martes por http://galanginternational.com./
Venue Information:
Brick & Mortar Music Hall
1710 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103
http://www.brickandmortarmusic.com/