4 PM Anthony Valadez + DJ Sloepoke
5 PM Very Be Careful
A fresh addition to the FIGat7th concert schedule, the monthly City Beats shows are curated by local radio personality Anthony Valadez and provide a colorful, sonic snapshot of up-and-coming musicians. Genres include R&B, hip-hop, new jazz, Latin and indie, appealing to the eclectic palette and diverse backgrounds of LA music fans.
When they take the stage for FIGat7th’s City Beats series October 22, Very Be Careful’s vibrant take on Colombian vallenato music will turn the DTLA TK into a house party. The East LA quintet specializes in music that moves both your feet and your heart, called “top-grade…a South American alternative to James Brown’s funk” by The Independent of London.
Be prepared to be rocked when DJ Sloepoke hits the turntables. The Inglewood native’s eclectic tastes and mixing skills have led to residencies at Little Temple and the Motown on Monday session in LBC.
Come early and stay late for great shopping, drinking and dining at FIGat7th!
Unlike other bands who take the mixologist approach to music (a shot of funk, a dash of soul, a twist of jazz, shaken and poured over rock), Very Be Careful likes their Colombian vallenato sound straight up, no chaser. But if the East LA quintet, led by brothers Arturo and Ricardo Guzman does only one thing, they do that one thing very well. So well that the band has played in just about every imaginable circumstance, from small clubs to massive festivals. It’s dance music—sweaty, slinky, and a little sad at the edges. Music meant to get your heart moving as well as your feet. Built around the sly syncopation of Arturo’s bass and Ricardo’s hoarse vocals and insistent accordion, with Dante Ruiz, Craig Martin, and Richard Panta adding irrepressible rhythms, their traditional songs have a modern edge, a combination described by The Independent of London as “Top-grade…a South American alternative to James Brown’s funk.”
When DJ Sloepoke takes his place at the turntables, he has no agenda other than rocking the house. And with his eclectic tastes and record collection, he can rock just about any house in town. He can effortlessly segue from salsa to soul, dancehall to dub, cumbia to club stormers. It’s a talent that earned him residencies at some of LA’s hottest rooms: Rootdown, Little Temple, the Motown on Mondays sessions at the Federal Bar in Long Beach.
Anthony Valadez is a Los Angeles based DJ/Producer and visual artist with residencies at The Sayers Club in Hollywood and Zanzibar. His latest musical projects include official remixes for David Bowie, Local Natives and Ozomatli in addition to 2 LP releases on Plug Research. He has shared a stage with Sly Stone, Ben Harper, Doug E Fresh, Prince, Bruno Mars, Novalima and more. He can be found hosting his program on Monday nights on KCRW, Tuesday nights on Dash Radio and his weekly podcast on NTS Radio. Valadez is currently the host of Crate Diggers on FM.TV.
June 18: Remy Kay + Kone with Anthony Valadez