For over 60 years, the Catalyst in downtown Santa Cruz, California has been serving up amazing music. As part of the San Francisco Bay area music scene, this club has a storied past. Moved to its present location on Pacific Avenue in 1973, it was originally located at the St. George Hotel; at that time, its music was mostly folk and acoustic. After 1973 and through the years, it has hosted such musical acts as the Beach Boys, Neil Young, Nirvana, Tom Petty, Pearl Jam and more. The Catalyst Santa Cruz events include rock, jazz, reggae, hip hop acts and other sounds. Today, you might hear such bands as Mac DeMarco, Shallou, Kaki King, Devin Dawson, Bombino, Fidlar, Ari Lennox, Robin Trower and more. Find your favorites with Catalyst Santa Cruz tickets at StubHub.
What are the types of Catalyst Santa Cruz seating?
The Catalyst seating is in two rooms, a smaller venue and a larger auditorium that holds 800 people. Unless specifically noted, all shows are general admission with limited seating. Those who require accessible seating should contact the club.
What time should I arrive for Catalyst Santa Cruz events?
The ticket will note the door times, which vary for each event. You may enter the hall as soon as doors are opened. The show will usually start one hour after doors are opened. If you are over 21, you may leave and re-enter the venue.
Where is parking located for Catalyst Santa Cruz events?
South Pacific Avenue has a free city-operated garage. The Elm Street Garage costs a maximum of $5 and is free after 8 pm. Front Street South garage is free after 6 pm and is another city lot.
Are there restaurants nearby?
There is food service during Catalyst events that consists of pizza by the slice along with other options inside the club, including a full bar for those over 21. Cocktail service as well as a walk-up bar are available, and there is also a lounge and full bar upstairs. With Catalyst's downtown location, there are plenty of nearby restaurants including Hula's Island Grill and Tiki Room for Hawaiian-style fare, Betty's Noodle House and the Surfrider CafŽ, a brewpub with American dishes. Enjoy Woodstock's Pizza if you want more atmosphere. For Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food, stop by Mozaic. Mumbai Delights serves homey Indian fare and veggies and also has a lunchtime buffet.
Can I take photographs?
Yes, personal cameras are fine at most of the shows, but flash is not allowed during a performance. If the artists request that no photographs be taken, you can check your camera into the coat check for a small fee.Back to Top