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Performances by L.A.-based Vallenato quintet Very Be Careful quickly turn from musical events into dance parties. So when the group hits D.C. for two shows, one at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage and one at Bossa Bistro, stop by the latter one for a livelier experience. Vallenato, a Colombian folk genre similar to cumbia, is characterized by its use of accordion and rhythmic percussion—practically ordering the listener to move in time to the music—but Very Be Careful doesn’t just cleave to its Colombian musical roots. The band’s live sets incorporate a variety of influences, giving each show an unpredictable DIY feel, whether it’s a big festival like Glastonbury or a smaller, more intimate affair. Expect an energetic show full of moving bodies, hypnotic songs, and a party-like atmosphere that might make you forget it’s all going down on a Monday night. Very Be Careful performs with Son Cosita Seria at 8 p.m. at Bossa Bistro, 2463 18th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-0088. bossadc.com.