The Catalyst

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The Catalyst is the closest big act music venue to Monterey. About an hour drive north on Highway 1.

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1011 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA, United States


(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.


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