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Friday April 29th - Lud with Pipe & The Blue Green Gods

Jody's Birthday weekend is gonna be Krakening!  Friday night, we're bringing together a killer combination of bands and musicians who have been rocking Chapel Hill for decades! Start the weekend strong with our hard-hitting friends Lud, Pipe, and The Blue Green Gods Duo.



The rock band Lud has been in existence in one form or another since the early 1990s. Starting out as a semi-organized noise band with no actual songs, they have wandered through three decades of music making doing pretty much whatever they want.

Now on some kind of bent southern rock kick, the band includes founding members Bryon Settle and Kirk Ross along with Sara Bell on bass and drummer Tim Salemy. They recently recorded Lud’s sixth set of recordings, Defenestration Boulevard, a collection of various indictments of post-Great Recession North Carolina and other stuff.


“Yet that still wasn’t Thursday night’s best highlight, which would be Chapel Hill’s Lud -- maybe the most local of local bands. Lud’s members come from some of the most renowned bands in Triangle music history (Pressure Boys, Trailer Bride, Shark Quest and Dish, to name a few), and frontman Kirk Ross also has the distinction of being one of North Carolina’s most astute political reporters.

I’d say it’s a shame Lud’s members have to hold down day jobs, but it’s possible that careerism might screw up their equilibrium because Lud was simply awesome. You hear a lot about the guitar heroics of Built To Spill’s Doug Martsch or Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan, but I’d take Lud’s Bryon Settle over any of them.

Settle displayed a virtuosity that was simultaneously jaw-dropping and casual as he threw out fusillades of guitar-god goodness with an endearing nonchalance. Ross was no slouch, either, on a series of pile-driving raveups that seemed to have enough momentum to move the building housing Tir Na Nog forward.” - David Menconi, Raleigh News & Observer



“After two casual and sporadic decades as a band, Lud has made its most graceful and captivating album to date: Defenestration Boulevard is encyclopedic (a Merle Travis cover on the same LP as a Krautrock ripper?) and accessible (the hook of "Undaunted" hangs like an invitation to sing along). More important, these songs are dialectics not for debate but for compassion, no matter how old-fashioned that non-rock 'n' roll notion may be.” - Grayson Currin at Indyweek on Lud's new record










Pipe was a mainstay in the raging Chapel Hill scene of the early 1990s, which produced bands like Superchunk, Polvo, Flat Duo Jets and Southern Culture on the Skids among many others.  In 1992, Pipe — Ron Liberti (vocals), Mike Kenlan (guitar), Dave Alworth (bass), and former Superchunk drummer Chuck Garrison—released their Ball Peen EP (Sonic Bubblegum). Kenlan then left to concentrate on Small (later Small 23, which also included Garrison).

Clifton Lee Mann of the Bad Checks came on to play guitar temporarily until a permanent guitarist could be found. Mann and Liberti worked well together, and Mann stayed. Pipe recorded their first single “You’re Soaking in It” in 1993 followed by their full-length debut, Six Days to Bellus (Jesus Christ), in 1994.

Pipe then toured with The Bad Brains and soon began work on their second full-length, International Cement (Jesus Christ), released in 1995 along with the “Raceway Park” single on Amish Records. Bassist Alworth quit the band after a tour with Polvo and Archers of Loaf. Greg Adams replaced Alworth, and Pipe recorded their third album, Slowboy, released on Merge in 1997. Merge then re-released Pipe’s two earlier albums and several singles.

An unfortunate series of events (Garrison’s broken hand early during a tour with The New Bomb Turks and an injury to Mann’s hand and eventual departure) led to the dissolution of Pipe in 1999. The band got back together in 2005 for a reunion show, and again in 2009 for XX Merge and has performed occasional rockin' shows since.

No matter what era, Ron, Mike, Dave and Chuck (et.al.) consistently bring the lightning and thunder!  Ask Jody how Ron miraculously kicked her in the head with her own boot at the cabin.






Blue Green Gods Duo

There has never been, nor will likely be many links on the internets for The Blue Green Gods who rocked the local scene from 1989-93, and have returned a few rare times in 1999, 2013 at a great WXDU show at The Duke Coffeehouse, and most recently a couple 2015 gigs at The Kraken.  They're still tight!

The little bits of information online referencing The Blue Green Gods comes from the early days of internet websites, before blogs and social media. The few links you can find include them in lists of favorite bands and mentions of Jettison Records and Kraptone Studios.  There are some references to shared bands that have come and gone over the years.  You also find rave reviews of amazing 45's and LPs and CDs over the years, often posted by folks who have no clue as to their history.


Christie Eames on drums:  Other bands include Orifice, Starletta, Bucks Deluxe & Felice Gomez (and a yet unnamed new project)

Todd Goss on guitar:  Other bands include Scuppernong, Fukanzen, the Broken Arrows, & the Alt.

Anne Gomez [not currently playing] on bass and vox:  Other bands include Special Agents of Her Majesty's Secret Cervix, Cantwell, the Biteys, Fukanzen, Hotel Motel & Cantwell Gomez & Jordan (i'm sure there are some i've missed in there- there is a band with Wendy Spitzer & Shannon Morrow that i can't remember the name of)



Blue Green Gods Duo:



Ross Grady's TriangleRock.com site has a classic reference:





$Free - please tip bands and bartenders generously!



Saturday April 30th - D-Town Brass with Savage Knights

Jody's Birthday weekend is still Krakening with tonight's The First Kidney Chili Cookoff and also the extra spicy  and eclectic jazz-funk of D-Town Brass and Savage Knights!



D-Town Brass

You need to see this amazing 15 person psychedelic-jungle-jazz-funk-orchestra from Durham, NC. Their music blends the familiar with the avant-garde with a solid rhythmic punch. Listening to D-Town Brass music is a soul-expanding experience, but can be dangerous, as it usually attracts, well, let’s just call them entities, for lack of a better term, that want into our dimension, but may not have proper, shall we say, manners when it comes to what (or who) they eat. Keep that third eye open and turn up the volume.

"D-Town Brass's name is only an indication of what you might expect to hear from this savory jazz outfit: The 15-piece ensemble indeed spouts a great deal of brass, along with drums, marimba, bass, keys and vibraphone. Every D-Town Brass composition is so deliciously distinct, you'd never know you were listening to the same collection of crazy cats. Since D-Town Brass doesn't fit snuggly into any cohesive genre, it is more prudent to highlight the diversity among their scintillating selections.

On "Zombie Rag," horns wail and drums pop like hollow bones. One might divine a scad of skeletons jiving to the beat in an eerie underworld disco. On "Mystery Town," the persistent bass line provides Bond-esque spy motion. Horns sound in succession, ascending to a string of saxophone and trumpet solos. "Totem Pole" is a minimally percussive piece whose spare arrangements are inviting. It's as if the entire song grows in a question that doesn't get answered until the end, when it asserts itself like a dance around a rapid rhythm. While D-Town Brass are no strangers to cacophony or free jazz's open forms, "Switch Blade Brush" proves that they likewise don't shy from tradition. The track is reminiscent of the bop jazz arrangements of Dexter Gordon and Illinois Jacquet." — Nina Rajagopalan






Savage Knights

Raleigh's Savage Knights' intense power jazz sprunk be wafting throughout the fresh Spring air with all the other great sounds, smells and tastes of the evening.  Think early 70s King Crimson at The Kraken, setting the pace for a huge night.

"[Raleigh's Savage Knights] tend toward rather terse and tightly arranged pieces that are more likely to last for five scripted minutes than barrel ahead for an indeterminate length. Yet [Savage Knights] piggyback the fierce tones of giants like Albert Ayler and Eric Dolphy to their elaborate constructions, affording meticulous music the kind of urgency one might expect from radical improvisation. The Knights twist shards of glinting metal and deranged noise into their pieces..." - Grayson Currin, IndyWeek



Mike Isenberg - drums

Chris Eubank - bass

Jon Hubbard - tenor sax

Crowmeat Bob - guitar








$Free - please tip bands and bartenders generously!



Tuesday May 3rd - Old Time Stringband Jam

We're extremely honored to host an established group of Old Time String Band players on the first and third and occasional fifth Tuesdays of the month... you know, the odd ones. 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 six 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


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.

Happy Spring Everyone!


Kraken Early Spring Update!


* 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 once again up in the air, but we're hoping to re-establish a new regular weekend schedule.  We'll keep you posted.


* Come out for Monday Movie Matinees on our big screen!  We'll also project big sporting events, and other special broadcasts.  Over the Summer we may do some of the projections outside.  Also, Rocky Horror Picture Show.


* Thanks to all of you for suggestions regarding our liquor and beer menu!  The newest spirits are Wild Turkey 101, 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.


* 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.


* Keep posted for other exciting events coming up, such as the Chili Cookoff on April 30th!




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.