NileGuide Expert Says:
The Catalyst is the closest big act music venue to Monterey. About an hour drive north on Highway 1.
1011 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA, United States
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.