Wednesday August 31st - BLIX and IHOG
This Wednesday night The Kraken combines with Blix productions to present another special Wednesday James show! The music fires up at 9pm with Blix and IHOG. Come see your favorite bartender dance like a fool and grind it out on stage. James will also be bartending most of the evening, so you get the best of both worlds!
Their mission: Bring new original hard-rock power-pop to the ChapelboroThese guys describe themselves as a bunch of cranky old bastards from Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Chatham County. We can't judge their personalities, but we can say they that they crank up the music!
Think Motorhead meets a jaded Ramones cover band that they don't like very much, but they all get along well enough in a shared living arrangement, eventually slipping into comfortable codependence peppered with the occasional fist-fight.
James may be more well-known for his years of contributions, quips and artwork at The Kraken, but tonight you get the opportunity to see him full-on rock our stage. We've got the stickers and the coozies and can't wait to see his new band Moon, but tonight he rocks as BLIX. We're psyched to be the venue to assist his ascent into superstardom!
$Free - please tip your bands and bartenders generously!
Friday September 2nd - Davis Coen, Stu Cole and Norm Underwood trio with Texas Trash and the Trainwrecks
You can't go wrong tonight at the Kraken, with food, booze and great music! We're starting with country-blues-rock and turning up the dials to full-on rock and roll! Memphis/Oxford-based Davis Coen is joined by our good friends and local superstars, Stu Cole and Norm Underwood. These consummate pros are gonna to knock your styley socks off! After that, Texas Trash and The Trainwrecks join us from Tucson, Arizona, to close the night with their entertainingly bombastic rock and roll. You may have met the fellows already, since they've been hanging out in the area and at The Kraken.
Regarding the food, Al's Burger Truck is scheduled to be serving up the best burgers in town from 6-11pm.
Davis Coen with Stu Cole and Norm Underwood
We're very excited to have Davis Coen here at The Kraken. This Memphis, TN (and Oxford, MS) contemporary country-blues guitarist/singer-songwriter has been touring the U.S. since his teens, either as a solo guitar and vocal act, or commonly accompanied by bass and drums configuration. He most commonly appears at clubs, bars, and festivals throughout the Southeast and mid-south; of recent note, twice billing at the historic King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas. He has also enjoyed a dozen tours of Europe, promoting nine album releases. He has shared a bill or opened for many of the classic blues artists who influenced his music; including James Cotton, Junior Wells, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Koko Taylor, Big Jack Johnson, T-Model Ford, and David “Honeyboy” Edwards. He has also shared bills with such non-blues performers as Richie Havens, Mountain, Eric Burdon, Tito Puente and Toots & The Maytals. You may have seen recently performing in Chapel Hill, or heard him on Dan Aykroyd’s ‘House Of Blues Radio Hour’; and NPR’s ‘Morning Edition’ and ‘World Cafe’ programs. Maybe even Martin Scorsese’s PBS special ‘The Blues’; the truTV reality TV show ‘Lizard Lick Towing’, independent films ‘Fress Cut Grass’ (2004) and ‘Mental Scars’ (2009); and on the DVD documentary about the music of the Hillcountry Mississippi blues matriarch Jesse Mae Hemphill, titled ‘Dare You To Do It Again’.
If you're a music fan and have lived anywhere near Chapel Hill the past few decades, if not simply the United States, you've surely seen and heard Stu Cole and Norm Underwood who are performing with Davis tonight. It's always a fun time when Stu Cole is back in town, since he's been touring relentlessly around the world with Jimbo Mathus and his band and others. You may remember Stu from such bands as Fantastico!, The Chicken Wire Gang and The Squirrel Nut Zippers. Norm Underwood was an icon of the original Pepper's Pizza and one of the finest bartenders in town. You'd know his masterful drumming from such bands as UV Prom, Leap of Faith, Orange Driver, Fantastico! and most often now with The Fontanelles.
Texas Trash and The Trainwrecks
These fellers are riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma and possibly a fine corn tortilla with hot southwestern chilis. Their rock and roll challenges the scoville scale with a nice touch of honky tonk and rockabilly that welcomes a wrestling match up with many of our favorite local bands. They like to call it "Chicken Fried Devil Music", but let's call it "Americana" and proceed to totally destroy that generic description. Good stuff for artists and writers and other independent thinkers, not to mention fans of Evil Knievel, explosions, monster trucks and off-the-chart reality TV.
They're mythology was born in Texas, but they hail from Tucson, Arizona. Their name derives from one of the four characters who is known as "Texas Trash" and who's performed both music and on the big screen for years in the style of Sid and Nancy, Coen Brothers, Quentin Tarantino and the like... Texas Trash says, "Rock & Roll, cost him an, arm & a leg" and he means that to the bone. His train accident led to his son's full length film "CANDY APPLE" which won an award in New York City's "2016 Winter Film Festival". Start your detective work at http://www.candyapplethemovie.com/plot/ and you can continue your work with "Doctor Danger" on "NBC's AMERICAS GOT TALENT" and "THE HISTORY CHANNEL". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVcYGQKSs0M).
Like most of the best bands, their stage performance blows away their recorded material, but we've managed to dig up a bit of fine audio for preview.
$Free - please tip bands and bartenders generously
Saturday September 3rd - The Whiskey Honeys
The Whiskey Honeys are coming back to help you get your dance on!
The Whiskey Honeys
The Whiskey Honeys are a 50's, 60's, 70"s dance band providing a line up of four girls with four guys swapping out lead and dance moves on those favorite dance songs from your youth (or your parent's youth). We could write more about this band, but anyone who's been around The Kraken for even a small amount of time has met or seen any number of these folks - whether it was their show, or guesting in with our local favorite acts.
$Free - Please tip bands and bartenders generously!
Tuesday September 6th - Old Time Stringband Jam
If you haven't heard about this event yet, you need to get in on it right now... an established group of Old Time String Band players gather at The Kraken on the first and third and occasional fifth Tuesdays of the month... you know, the odd ones. If you're shy about checking it out, these Summer sessions are the best since many of the folks travel about.
The music starts promptly at 7pm and usually ends right around 10pm, although there's occasionally a tight circle of dedicated musicians who keep playing later since it's impossible to stop a good thing once it's gained momentum.
Come on out even if you can't play an instrument... Join a good number of folks who are here to simply witness beautiful efforts to continue a historical tradition. You will have the honor of joining or at least witnessing some of the most skilled old-time musicians in the area. As time goes on, we see more and more musicians who have played in major acts joining in. You'll recognize them, particularly if you've been around for a while.
For the past eight months or so, we've hosted these wonderful local musicians and their friends who travel across the world to participate in these special events. Typically, 15-30 folks join together and graciously welcome new participants. We're impressed at how many people rotate through the group from all over the country, sometimes just back from touring across the world reviving and celebrating the music's long lost roots.
In addition to guitars, banjos, fiddles, and the like, there are also folks who bring their stand-up basses, sticks, spoons, harmonicas, accordions, and occasionally more unusual contributions... not to mention the regular clogging sessions that add percussion in the background or even in the center of the circle.
7pm-10 or 11pm-ish
$Free... no cover (as usual) to enjoy or join in with good neighbors and musicians
Friday September 9th - Too Much Fun
If you've seen Too Much Fun at The Kraken, then there is no explanation needed. If you haven't had this wonderful experience, then all we can say is that you really need to get on out tonight and be prepared to shake your moneymaker. We're still waiting word on potential opening acts. In any case, you can't go wrong with such good people, good times, and good fun!
Too Much Fun
What began as a group of guys getting together to share some music and beers and fun has turned into more than twenty five years of sharing music and beers, and way Too Much Fun! They've played clubs and festivals and dances across the state and you cannot resist moving.
They can jump, they can swing, they can flat out rock. They play the blues, they play from the roots, they are tight, they are loose. One minute it's a tasty four part harmony, the next it's a barrelhouse rocker. They play a mix of originals and cover songs with one of the most solid rhythm sections around.
Lance White on guitar and vocals; Berkeley Grimball on sax, guitar, and vocals; Bobby Schopler on harp and vocals; Rob McIntire on bass and vocals; and Larry Duckworth on drums.
8 or 9pm
$Free - Please tip bands and bartenders generously!
Saturday September 10th - The Outboards with Gasoline Stove
You definitely need to be at The Kraken tonight for an evening of heartfelt and uplifting music and stories. We are very psyched to host The Outboards for the first time on our stage, just when they're starting to spread their wings. Our friends Gasoline Stove return to The Kraken to support these good fellows, and open the night up at 8pm. Show up early to celebrate great local and regional roots music.
The Outboards is a great group of friends and musicians based in Pittsboro who have been busy raising families and don't perform as much as everyone thinks they should. We hear they love to practice together to bond and relive their youthful passions, and apparently they are making the jump to share their energy with the rest of us. If you haven't yet heard about their recent local performances, you really should make plans to see them. You won't be disappointed!
Online, these humble guys simply describe themselves as a rock band or as "Old Wave Rock" possibly due to the fact that they are so committed to staying close to home and family or maybe due to wonderful live music we all enjoyed here in the 80s and 90s... back when Chapel Hill was slated to be the next Athens.
Corbie Hill from the INDY Week describes them as "[splitting] the difference between understated pub-rock and late '70s guitar rock, while hints of German and Southern psychedelics suggest genre fluidity. They're like the Wilco of Circle City." Hmm. There is a similarity to Wilco in the music, but the vocals and overall energy are just so much more genuine, appealing and inspiring. Yeah, we're talking classic Chapel Hill here, and better than Wilco. Listen to the music on their website and Reverbnation and judge for yourself.
Corbie Hill does write very well, and provides a very touching look into the band and their family dynamic in his article for The Indy Week dating back almost two years now. Definitely check it out: http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/a-pittsboro-neighborhood-band-turns-a-suspicious-eye-toward-the-towns-future/Content?oid=4225067
Adam Brinson - Vox/Guitar
Eric Haugen - Vox/Guitar
Michael Hayes - Bass
Clay Boyer - Drums
Roots Rock / Americana band, Gasoline Stove picks up where Memphis the Band leaves off. Chapel Hill Singer/songwriter/novelist Scott Morgan, is joined by former bandmates including Jon Baughman on upright bass. While still traveling "roots-lined roads" Gasoline Stove explores soul and rock with bits of folk tucked in during this storytelling extravaganza. Their first album, Vultures on the Mainframe, features "admirable Dylan and Waits homages," RIck Cornell, The Independent Weekly. Dead Mule Songs, their second album, was just completed in July.
$Free - Please tip bands and bartenders generously!
Thursday September 15th - "Ramblin' Fever" Real DJ Sessions
Tonight, The Kraken is excited to host the fourth monthly installment of "Ramblin' Fever" Real DJ Sessions. We're pushing back the regular second Thursday date to the third Thursday this month since it conflicts with Hopscotch plans in Raleigh. It's going to be a great night as usual! Stay tuned for imminent updates detailing guest DJs and more.
Typically, DJ Brian Burns joins us on the second Thursday of every month, spinning the best in 60's and 70's Country with some Blues, Rockabilly, R&B and Rock obscurities thrown in for good measure. Brian invites other solid local DJs to add their vinyl skillz spinning an engaging mix of classic tunes and hidden gems to get your weekend started right.
$Free - please tip your DJs and bartenders generously!
The Kraken online links and news!
There are a few other North American Krakens: a bar in California and one in Washington, a food truck in British Columbia, and a "gastropub" in South Carolina. I think it's safe to say that we our venue is the most storied of them all. We do look forward to visiting each of them and rubbing tentacles.
Come on out for good times!
Kraken Late Summer Update!
* This Summer has been he season of lights! Take care to stop at our fancy new stoplight that NCDOT activated on August 10th. Take a good look at our marquee if you happened to be stopped at the new light, or just stop in for a hot minute and see what's going on.
* As always, we've got a solid lineup of spectacular bands every Friday and Saturday and a few other special nights. Stay tuned!
* The Food Truck situation is beginning to settle into place... At this point, Al's Burger Truck is scheduled to show up on the first Friday of every month, and The Taco El Nino Food Truck is scheduled to show up on the last Saturday of every month. We're talking to other food truck folks for other evenings and as always Fiesta Grill is just around the corner and we have menus so you can order take out.
* Thanks to all of you for suggestions regarding our liquor and beer menu! The newest spirits are Johnny Walker Red, Big Boss Bad Penny Porter, and a recently Tanqueray, Bullet Rye, Glen Livet 12 year, Sauza Silver and Don Julio. We've also introduced local bottled beers from Big Boss and Nantahala Brewery: Hell's Belle Belgian style ale and Angry Angel Kolsch style ale from Raleigh, and Noon Day IPA and Dirty Girl Blonde from Bryson City. We're also introducing selections on tap from Yesteryears Brewery in Carrboro in addition to our Mystery Brewing and Haw River Farmhouse choice beers. We plan to keep rotating good local beers on tap.
* In addition to "The Office" and our wonderful large front porch, we now have another outdoor venue we call "The Annex"
* Our sweet dart board is inspiring some good games recently. Ask your bartender to turn on the stage lights when you request one or both sets of quality darts we keep behind the bar. Scoreboard coming soon.
* As always our pool table is free and we're finally about to recover the felt, rails and pocket and get new house cues! We will welcome any donations and good competition. Please let everyone know that it is not acceptable to place their drinks on the pool table. We're going to have to post a sign about that, but word of mouth works best. Preesh.
Main website right here: http://thekrakenbar.com We're hoping to update the CMS and redo the website when we can wrap our tentacles around it.
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/KrakenBarChapelHill This is the best place to keep up with day to day announcements.
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TheKrakenBar or @TheKrakenBar We not big tweeters, but we try!
Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/venue/thekrakenbar This site is mostly geared towards bands, and we don't always update our schedule there since bands usually make their own links, but it's another online resource.
Indie On The Move: http://www.indieonthemove.com/user/TheKraken This site is entirely geared towards bands and venues looking to combine and book shows
Kraken Email: info at thekrakenbar.com We use this address for booking, and occasional questions. Please don't spam us, since we get hundreds of emails a week. Thanks!
Keep up with us online, and stop on by to enjoy the best porch in town during warm weather, the coziest inside during cold and wet weather and free music every weekend! Don't forget the free pool and darts and the new events coming up!
There's never a dull moment at The Kraken. Stop by and see for yourself.