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Wild Iris *Album Release Party* // Joe Kaplow, AJ Lee
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Santa Cruz, CA, CA
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Wild Iris *Album Release Party* // Joe Kaplow, AJ Lee
After five years of writing and performing together, Wild Iris are extremely proud to present their second full-length album, 'The Sleepless Light' to the world! This album was recorded in a big beautiful room in the Santa Cruz Mountains with Gadgetbox Studios in the summer of 2017. All songs were tracked live to capture the raw energy and enthusiasm, inherent in the live show.

We will be having a CD release party at the legendary Kuumbwa Jazz on March 2nd at 8:00 P.M. Sharing the stage with us will be local favorites, Joe Kaplow and AJ Lee!
We want to thank each and every one of you for your support, without it we wouldn't have been able to get this album off the ground and into your hands! Our crowdfunding efforts exceeded our expectations and we are proud to say the recording was entirely donation-based! Also a tremendous THANK YOU to all the friends who produced, performed on, or provided artwork/inspiration for this project.

Thank you for supporting local music!

Wild Iris (

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 hadnt 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 and they were encouraged to pursue a professionally recorded debut full length. Now with their second album, produced by Andy Zenczak of Gadgetbox Recording Studio, Wild Iris have put together a full band effort, recorded in a live setting, each song being played from start to finish.

Joe Kaplow (

Singer/songwriter Joe Kaplow lives in a four-acre mansion in the hills of Santa Cruz. Of course, he shares the space with a group of hippies, some rats, and some very dilapidated floors and walls... but it does have a swimming pool.
For Kaplow, becoming a full-time musician - and adopting the lifestyle that often accompanies it - didnt happen by accident. Having moved from farm life and family in New Jersey to the rich Santa Cruz music community, Kaplow has often found himself living paycheck to paycheck as he departs on three-month U.S. solo tours, records music in various bedrooms of the house where he lives, rehearses with his new band and writes constantly, dedicating himself fully and lovingly to the craft of songwriting.

AJ Lee (

AJ Lee is a 7 time Female Vocalist of the Year winner from Northern California Bluegrass Society (Years 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017).
At 10, AJ sang the National Anthem at O'Reilly Raceway in Indianapolis for live SPEED televised event and a bustling crowd of 40,000 attendees. When asked later what she thought about the races, she candidly replied, "Well, I don't know. The trucks just keep going around and around the track."
Presently at 19, AJ continues to perform in a band The Tuttles with AJ Lee, and AJ Lee & Blue Summit.


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



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


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