Isla Vista, California, home to a sea of UCSB students, has a stellar reputation as a party town extraordinaire. And what does every party town need? Party bands, of course. Reggae-rock band Iration formed in IV in 2004 and has kept the party vibes flowing for the last 10-plus years. Sweetening the feel-good musical pot is the fact that all the band members hail from Hawaii, so there’s a nice dose of aloha in Iration’s sound, which combines rockin’ grooves, stony rhythms and a one-love perspective. Seems like a fine way to spend New Year’s Eve.
INFO: 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31. Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $45-$80. 423-1338.
WANT TO GO? Go to the Iration Giveaway on Santacruz.com before 11 a.m. on Dec. 29 to enter to win a pair of tickets to the show.