Venue Info & Rental

Kuumbwa Jazz is available to organizations and individuals from the community and beyond. With 200 seats and no sight line issues, all seats have an excellent view of the stage for your next concert or performance. Kuumbwa is available for a wide variety of public and private uses including: concerts, fundraisers, private parties, wedding receptions, workshops, theatre, and classes.

Venue Capacity

200 seated theatre style, 100 seated banquet

Courtyard Capacity

18 seated, 25 standing


Café and bar, dressing room, 3 restrooms, WiFi, wheelchair accessible

For information on rental rates contact Keith Wieland

Venue Specs

3,000 square foot venue, 13.5′ x 15′ stage (22’ 4” at widest point) (click here for stage diagram), state-of-the-art sound and lighting system

Rental Fee Includes

sound system, light system, Yamaha grand piano, professional sound engineer, bar & café staffing *inclusions vary for private events


We require a 50% non-refundable deposit and signed contract to guarantee the date. The deposit acts as default payment in case of cancellation for any reason. The balance of the rental fee plus all applicable incidental costs (including but not limited to: advertising costs, multi-track recording, videorecording, house manager) are due in full ten (10) days prior to event.

Renter responsibilities

  • (3) door personnel to oversee ticket sales, capacity and safety and conduct of the audience
  • Ticket sales
  • Publicity and promotion
  • Backline
  • 5% city of Santa Cruz admission tax on each ticket sold
  • Payment of California State Withholding Tax (if applicable)

*responsibilities vary for private events

We assist publicizing your event in the following ways: 

  • One week of concert listing in local Good Times Weekly newspaper. Renters may be included in additional week’s ads at the rate of $35/week (rate subject to change)
  • Calendar listing on Kuumbwa Jazz website
  • Inclusion in "Upcoming Events" section of the Kuumbwa Jazz website homepage in days immediately preceding event
  • Two inclusions in weekly Kuumbwa Jazz email
  • Marquee listing
  • Kuumbwa Jazz media list provided upon request

Kuumbwa Jazz Sound System

Sound System



Meyer Galileo 616 loudspeaker management system, 2 Meyer UP 1 stereo mains (1×15” w/ 4”drivers) flown, 5 Meyer UP Jr. stereo fills (1×8” w/2” drivers) Flown, 2 Meyer 500 HP subwoofers (2×12”) on floor


8 monitor mixes from front of house, 8 EAW MW 12 MicroWedge floor monitors (1×12” coaxial), 1 EAW MW 15 MicroWedge floor monitor (1×15” coaxial), 4 QSC PLX2 Power amps


Yamaha QL5 digital console, 1 Universal Audio T4 2-LA2 stereo compressor

Lighting Console

Electronic Theatre Controls System, Smart Fade ML lighting console, All LED lights, 14 par style LED lamps, 7 dome style LED overhead stage lamps, 3 Cyclorama back curtain LED lamps


2 AKG 414 ULS, 2 Audio Technica Pro44 boundary mics, 1 Beyer M88, 2 Electro-Voice RE20, 2 Electro-Voice RE15, 2 Josephson C42, 1 Neuman K105, 1 Sennheiser 421, 2 Sennheiser 441, 2 Shure KSM32, 8 Shure SM58, 3 Shure Beta 58, 10 Shure SM57, 6 Countryman DI boxes, 3 Proco DI boxes, 1 Shure SM58 wireless

Stage Dimensions

Across front 13.5’, across back 15.5’, deep 15’, height 20’ (from floor), distance from sound booth 17’

Green Room


Tech Room


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