The Crows Nest 2218 East Cliff Drive Santa Cruz, CA
All Ages & 21 + depending on show
Booking contact: Blaine Neagley
Preferred method of contact: Receiving a bio/photo/band history and CD. You can drop the package off at the hostess station anytime, or mail to Blaine at the Crows Nest address.
Timing: The Crows Nest is booking about 3 months in advance.
Days: Live music booked Wednesday – Saturday (Sunday is reserved for Comedy)
Genres: rock n’ roll, oldies, soul, reggae. Weekday nights the venue is open to edgier bands that draw a younger crowd.
Capacity: 180 + two outdoor decks (so 200+ total)
Payment: Weeknights bands get 100% of the door ($5 cover) up to $300. Weekends and beach party bands received a negotiated guarantee.
Equipment: The Crows Nest has a complete PA system, mics and stands. They do not provide a sound engineer and bands should bring their own backline.
The Crows Nests likes to stick with local bands; you won’t see many touring acts competing for slots.
New bands usually start out on Thursday nights to test their draw. If the band does well on a few weeknights, they will be moved up to a weekend slot. If the band continues to impress, they will be considered for a summer beach party night.
Sunday is designated for comedy. If you are not a comedy act, don’t try to book on a Sunday.
Full text to my Crow’s Nest blog lives on The Good Times Making Noise blog.