NileGuide Expert Says:
The Catalyst is the closest big act music venue to Monterey. About an hour drive north on Highway 1.
1011 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
tel: (831) 423 1338
The Catalyst is one of the most notorious music halls on the West Coast. Snoop Dogg, Boz Scaggs, Emmylou Harris, Nirvana, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are a few of the acts that have crossed the Catalyst Stage. Nearly every night there's a show going down here, either on the Main Stage or in the more intimate Atrium. The Atrium has become a launching off point for a lot of local acts. Upstairs is a bar and pool tables, a smoky hang out despite the city wide smoking ban. Peep the marquee for upcoming acts or simply head up to the bar for a memorable, somewhat grimy, drinking experience.