-- Upcoming Shows and Events
Friday December 9th - Orange County All-Stars with The Milagro Saints

Oh yeah!  We're celebrating the holidays at The Kraken with the return of local hot-shots, The Orange County All-Stars with who knows how many special guests, along with the wonderful opening act, The Milagro Saints.  We can't say enough about these bands, so just show up and dance and help us fill in the superlatives later.


Orange County All Stars

OCAS is a group of musicians who play in many different popular local bands... they're all friends from the OC who draw from a huge collection of original and inspired tunes, ranging from the Stones, Little Feat, Delbert McClinton, Procol Harum, Bo Diddly, Hayes Carll, Doors, John Hiatt, Albert Collins, or even George Jones... and that just scratches the surface.

The regular line-up consists of Pete Gamble and Lance White on guitars, Tim Smith on keyboards, Doug Guild on bass, and Larry Duckworth on drums. Other local All Star musicians join in to add dancing monkey wrenches to the mix.

They settled on the name Orange County All-Stars, because they're fashion sense is somewhat influenced by Converse All-Stars.





The Milagro Saints

Lead singer and songwriter Mr. S.D. Ineson describes the Milagro Saints as "mythological americana" that spans such genres as Dylanesque surrealistic blues, slack alt-country, straight up folk rawk, and old timey ballads that combine musically with lyrics inspired by the mythological atmospheres and locations of american roots music. Think of Tupelo, the birthplace of Elvis and John Lee Hookers flood apocalypse song, battered by Tornados, and the ever-flowing Mississippi which runs through the history of rock n'roll, deep country, folky wierdness, long gone american radio, and blind love blues.

The Lee and SD originally moved from NYC to Raleigh to sign with Raleigh indy label MoodFood who had discovered and released the debut of alt-country originators Whiskeytown of Ryan Adams fame. Englishman SD Ineson had originally moved to the US as a member of The Jack Rubies to sign with NYC label TVT Records He toured the the States from top to bottom and far and wide to collect these flavors and moods of "mythological americana" as described by him in a new song collection, "Cajun Moons... Desert Mystery nights..., the painted desert and The Great Divide”

Backing up Ineson's vocals and acoustic guitar is a solid crew of multi-instrumentalists: JICK wins-LOW, the album producer, plays drums, mandolin, fiddle and trombone; Leon Kirby on piano, hammond organ, harmonica, melodica and accordian; Steve Samosky on glissando bass guitar and standup bass; and the exotic Roberto Morales on mandolin and his Fender electric Guitar..

Visit their website to read about and listen to songs from their various albums, including their latest, "Tupelo".







$Free - Please tip bands and bartenders generously!



Saturday December 10th - Griffanzo and Grewen with Makin' Ends Meet

More details coming shortly!



$Free - Please tip bands and bartenders generously!



Thursday December 15th - Ramblin Fever Real DJ Sessions

Tonight, The Kraken is excited to host the seventh monthly installment of "Ramblin' Fever" Real DJ Sessions. DJ Brian Burns will be joined by DJ Jake Fussell for another great night of 60s and 70s Country mixed with some classic Blues, Soul, Rockabilly, R&B and Rock obscurities thrown in for good measure.  Typically we host B, rian and his guest DJs on every second Thursday, but due to the upcoming holidays and college basketball season, we may be switching to third Thursdays.  Stay tuned!



Come on down and get your groove on.  Thursdays are for the real professionals.





$Free - please tip your DJs and bartenders generously!



Friday December 16th - Too Much Fun Holiday Extravaganza!

details coming soon!

Saturday December 17th - The Well Respected Men with The Hanks and special guests

details coming soon!

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.