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Wild Iris *Album Release Party* // Whiskey West, Adrea Castiano
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Santa Cruz, CA, CA
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Wild Iris *Album Release Party* // Whiskey West, Adrea Castiano
After nine years of writing and performing together, Wild Iris are extremely proud to present their third full-length album, 'Forward Now' to the world! Wild Iris began recording Forward Now in 2020 at Bear Mountain Studio in Bonny Doon California, just after the notorious CZU lightning fire had ravaged the hillsides all around it. The pandemic was raging and the band, along with their fearless engineer, created this record while sanitizing, masking and social distancing. It was not an easy task, but it was a fulfilling one. All agreed that making music together was the only antidote to the worlds new normal of uncertainty and isolation. Wed like to dedicate this album to the memory of Joy Claussen, a long-time fan, friend and Benefactor.

Thank you for supporting local music!

Wild Iris (wildirissantacruz.com):

Wild Iris is the culmination of efforts from Bryan Shelton and Kate Mullikin who formed the band in the fall of 2013 after meeting at a beachside convenience store. Bryan was playing a big, black guitar and Kate started improvising a melody to compliment it. They hadn't shared more than a few words before they were writing their next song. Bryan already had the name Wild Iris in mind and Kate dug the double meaning, evoking the image of a flower and an eyeball. They adopted the moniker, released their home recorded debut EP in 2014 and began gigging with a back-up band. Kates poetic instincts provided the melodic structure for Bryan to build his flat picking under  a style gleamed from years of practice and time well spent listening to Mississippi John Hurt, Woody Guthrie and Ramblin' Jack Elliott, the latter with whom Wild Iris has shared the stage.
Onstage, the band exuded a kind of therapeutic honesty, which when mixed with their elegant musicality went a long way with the locals. Now, with two professionally recorded full length albums under their belt, Wild Iris are presenting their third album to the world!

Whiskey West (whiskeywestmusic.com):

Whiskey West combines the sounds of outlaw country, bluegrass and blues to create an edgy, toe tapping, good time acoustic honky-tonk sound. Kinda like if Johnny & June adopted a freight train and trained it to play something that swings.

Adrea Castiano (linktr.ee/adreasings):

Adrea Castiano delivers dark, confessional songs with a singular style and a voice described as both sweet and haunting. Her songs have won multiple awards, including "Best Song Of The Year" for 2020 and 2021 from The West Coast Songwriters Association and "Best Overall" in the 2019 Songwriters At Play original song contest. She has been featured in collaborations with producers worldwide, including KR3TURE, Hokima, and Joaquin Sun. A Santa Cruz, CA native, Adrea resides in Nashville, TN, where she is recording her debut album.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 PCR test (taken within 72 hours of the performance time), with matching photo ID, will be required at the door for entry. Masks are encouraged.


Kuumbwa Jazz Center (View)
320-2 Cedar St
Santa Cruz, CA, CA 95060
United States


Music > Americana

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Bryan Shelton
On BPT Since: Jan 16, 2016
Bryan Shelton

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