-- Upcoming Shows and Events
Friday February 17th - Joe Bell and The Stinging Blades

Show up early tonight and stay late so you can get a full dose of the roots of Rock and Roll.  The Kraken presents the Joe Bell and The Stinging Blades and look forward to their roots Soul and R&B and Blues...

https://www.facebook.com/events/606197956256336/

 

Joe Bell and The Stinging Blades

This band is a bar band down to the marrow and knows how to keep a joint rocking with their rootsy mix of Memphis Soul, New Orleans R&B, Blues and Rock and Roll.  The musicians in this band have been playing since their early teenage years in the '70s.  They joined as a group in the late '80s and continue to bring great music to you even now.  That said, they have an intense history of gigs that have taken them around the world.

These fellows have degrees from the most respected schools of music and engineering, PHDs in chemistry, and experience playing with such luminaries as Joe Pass, Steve Allen and Liberace.

All of our friends who perform regularly at The Kraken, The Blue Note Grill, and across North Carolina consistently praise these fine gentlemen musicians.

 

http://stingingblades.com/main

http://www.reverbnation.com/joebellthestingingblades

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Joe-Bell-The-Stinging-Blades/224794694198143?sk=timeline

http://www.soundstreet.us/videos/joe-bell-the-stinging-blades/

 

 

8pm

$Free, please tip your bands and bartenders!

 

 

 
Saturday February 18th - UNC vs Virginia - 8:15pm on the OUTDOOR big screen

Because of the amazing concert tonight with Crystal Bright & The Silver Hands (with Plankeye Peggy), we will be projecting the 8:15pm basketball matchup between UNC and Virginia on our outdoor screen!  Get the best of both music and basketball tonight!

 

We loyally broadcast every UNC Men's Basketball game here at The Kraken, even if we have to open early.  We display the games on our normal wide screen TV and on the big screen on our stage where we also sync Jones Angell and Eric Montross doing the Tar Heel Sports Network play by play.  If a game actually coincides with live music on Friday or Saturday night, we have another screen set up outside so we can all enjoy both bands and the basketball.

 

The Kraken's definitely the place to be.  Home or away, you don't have to worry about parking or game traffic, or places to sit or hidden reserved seats, and you can also get a drink without a long wait.  It's a pretty dadgum sweet place to hang out and watch the game.

 

Don't be trippin'.... come on out and we hope to cheer with you!

 

8:15pm

 

 

 
Saturday February 18th - Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands with Plankeye Peggy

If you happen to bring up Crystal Bright in a discussion with a devoted fan of current bands touring the Southeast and beyond, you will realize this is a MUST-SEE show.  We're all immigrants and gypsies even if we trace local family history back decades and centuries. Join us to celebrate our collective and unique heritage!

We're confident that Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands will once again bring the most intimate and intense performance of their tour to the The Kraken's humble roadhouse stage.  They honor tradition and our community yet again as they journey from their home in the North Carolina foothills

If that's not enough, they always introduce most amazing musicians to join them. Tonight you will meet and be amazed by Plankeye Peggy who open the evening with proper panache.

https://www.facebook.com/events/247617302356670/

 

Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands

Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands, led by singer/songwriter, ethnomusicologist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, Crystal Bright, have played over 400 shows from Canada to Austin to New Orleans to Nashville over the past four years, sharing the stage with the likes of Beats Antique, Autumn Owls, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, The Love Language, Rising Appalachia, Larkin Grimm, Pearl and the Beard and many more.

Bright performed with the North Carolina Symphony in 2011 on an arrangement of her song "Toy Hammer" and has performed at various festivals around the country including SXSW, Savannah Stopover, FloydFest, DragonCon, Midpoint Music Fest, The Steampunk World's Fair, and Shakori Hills. She took Runner Up for On the Rise at Floydfest 2013 for a return set in 2014, and was named Best Songwriter 2014 in Greensboro's Yes Weekly.

Bright has an eclectic, haunting but yet whimsical, carnivalesque world folk sound, dubbed "kaleidophrenic cabaret." She plays accordion, musical saw, concertina, piano, Taiko drum, adungu (Ugandan harp), and various others, leaving people captivated with her operatic and soulful vocals and virtuosic command of her exotic instruments.

Her 2012 album Muses and Bones received glowing reviews in the United States & Europe, as well as radio airplay in the US, UK, & Canada, including NPR and BBC appearances.

The latest collaborative visual album, "The Absolute Elsewhere" was released locally Nov. 22, 2014 at the Carrboro ArtsCenter with a multi-media performance including aerials, acrobats, and other dancers and is scheduled for a national release on May 19, 2015.

We humbly apologize for not providing proper introduction for the amazing musicians who are "The Silver Hands", but we can thoroughly attest to their musical prowess and the stories and history they relate by virtue of performance.

 

Crystal Bright: Keyboards, Accordion, Saw, Adungu, Concertina, Taiko, and more

Jeremy Haire: Guitars

Seth Oldham: Drums

Jeremy Denman: Horns

Robbie Link/Aaron Bond/Sanders Davis: Double Bass

 

http://crystalbrightandthesilverhands.com/

http://www.facebook.com/crystalbrightandthesilverhands

 

 

 

Plankeye Peggy

Asheville's Plankeye Peggy is a rock quartet that blends enchanting vocals with tightly-woven surf, Latin, gypsy, and dance rhythms. Their live performances consistently impress with a mix of costumes, antics, dancing and high-strung improvisation.  While you may have heard them featured on Western NC Radio shows, it does not compare to their live performance.  They bring equal parts guitar, keyboards, vocals and often as not mind-blowing horns and fully incorporate the audience.

Singer and composer Danny Tetrault’s vision for long-form song performance was the magnet that attracted an amazing collection of musicians starting during the summer of 2013.  The band has played regional gigs in North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia while intensely practicing and working on original material.

They released their first LP, "Let's See What We Have Here" in 2016, recording mostly live in Matt Williams’s Eagle Room Studio in Weaverville, N.C.  They describe it as a sonic treasure map that shifts and slides between hard ska, skinny waltzes, pirate jams, and medium-tempo soul grooves, and note comparisons to Mike Patton, Les Claypool and Tom Waits.

 

 

https://www.reverbnation.com/plankeyepeggy

https://plankeyepeggy.bandcamp.com/

http://www.plankeyepeggy.com/

https://www.facebook.com/PlankeyePeggy/

 

 

 

8pm

$Free - please tip bands and bartenders generously!

 

 

 
Tuesday February 21st - Old Time Stringband Jam

If you appreciate traditional music you should stop by The Kraken on String Band Tuesdays! An established group of Old Time String Band players gathers on the first and third Tuesdays of the month - you know, the odd ones. It's a truly unique roadhouse experience!

 

The music starts promptly at 7pm and usually ends at 10pm, although a small circle of folks occasionally play 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 in with people who are here to simply witness the continuation of an historical tradition. If you do play traditional music, please join in with these entertaining and kind musicians who always seem willing to share their knowledge and passion. It's a great evening for all with fun conversation, travelling stories, world insights, and the occasional humorous jokes... not to mention top-shelf gin and local draught beer on special to help tune your instruments.

 

Since 2015, we've hosted a solid crew local musicians, folks just stopping in, and 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 always 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

 

 

 
Wednesday February 22nd - UNC vs Louisville Basketball - 9pm on the big screen

We loyally broadcast every UNC Men's Basketball game here at The Kraken, even if we have to open early.  We display the games on our normal wide screen TV and on the big screen on our stage where we also sync Jones Angell and Eric Montross doing the Tar Heel Sports Network play by play.  If a game actually coincides with live music on Friday or Saturday night, we have another screen set up outside so we can all enjoy both bands and the basketball.

 

The Kraken's definitely the place to be.  Home or away, you don't have to worry about parking or game traffic, or places to sit or hidden reserved seats, and you can also get a drink without a long wait.  It's a pretty dadgum sweet place to hang out and watch the game.

 

Don't be trippin'.... come on out and we hope to cheer with you!

 

9pm

 

 

 
Friday February 24th - Southern Blend Blues Band

The neighborhood comes together tonight at The Kraken to welcome back our friends, The Southern Blend Band.  You may have seen them perform throughout the local community, whether in church, or festivals or at our fine historic roadhouse. Come out early to catch their entire set!

 

The Southern Blend Band

Combine the twang of country, the sound of rock, the rhythm of blues, the feeling of pop, the groove of soul, with uplifting spirituals...That's the Southern Blend Band.  Their talented, hard-working band members draw their musical expertise from many different genres, and give them a special ability to touch people from all walks of life.

 

http://www.southernblendband.com/our-music.html

 

 

 

8pm

$Free - Please tip bands and bartenders generously!

 

 

 
Saturday February 25th - UNC vs Pitt Basketball - Noon on the big screen

We're opening The Kraken early for today's noon broadcast of the UNC vs Pitt basketball game!  See you here.

 

We loyally broadcast every UNC Men's Basketball game here at The Kraken, even if we have to open early.  We display the games on our normal wide screen TV and on the big screen on our stage where we also sync Jones Angell and Eric Montross doing the Tar Heel Sports Network play by play.  If a game actually coincides with live music on Friday or Saturday night, we have another screen set up outside so we can all enjoy both bands and the basketball.

 

The Kraken's definitely the place to be.  Home or away, you don't have to worry about parking or game traffic, or places to sit or hidden reserved seats, and you can also get a drink without a long wait.  It's a pretty dadgum sweet place to hang out and watch the game.

 

Don't be trippin'.... come on out and we hope to cheer with you!

 

12pm

 

 

 
Saturday February 25th - Lee Gildersleeve and the Bad Dogs

We all need some serious blues-rock respite this weekend, and tonight's the night! Lee Gildersleeve and the Bad Dogs return to The Kraken with the real deal.  Show up early, cause the guys are starting up at 8pm!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1038999892889541/

 

Lee Gildersleeve & The Bad Dogs

Lee Gildersleeve was in the first wave of young blues rock guitarists that emerged in the 1960s’ blues revival. In over four decades of performing, Lee’s guitar playing has been featured with rock and roll legends Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley, rocker George Thorogood, rockabilly icon Sleepy La Beef, blues divas Koko Taylor and Marcia Ball, L.A. legend Stacy Robin, and scores of talents from coast to coast. His current band, the Bad Dogs, covers a wide range of material from Lowell Fulsom, Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Muddy Waters, and Rufus Thomas, along with many of his own original numbers. Jordan Lawrence of The Independent recently wrote “If you’re looking for a lesson in how the blues first bled into rock ‘n’ roll, you’ll find a living demonstration in singer-guitarist Lee Gildersleeve.” As Bo Diddley said of Lee, “He gets it.” And you will too.

It may have slipped your mind, but surely you already know these bad dogs from a number of great bands:

 

Lee Gildersleeve - Guitar, Vocals

Ken Yow - Bass

Tim Smith - Keys

Logan Wilkins / Danny Mason - Drums

 

http://www.facebook.com/LeeGildersleeve/timeline

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4rlwBdOw1U

 

 

8pm

$free, Please tip your bands and bartenders

 

 

 
Sunday February 26th - Pool Tournament - Datyona 500 - Walking Dead Premier!

Hey y'all, we're gettin' busy up here at The Kraken!  The main event of this full Sunday is Pool Tournament we're holding to raise money to renovate our faithful pool table and buy all new pool cues!  That starts at 4pm and we'll have a bit of a pot-luck to keep us fueled up! That's not all though, since we're opening at 2pm to set up and start projecting the start of Nascar season at Daytona 500.  Finally, at 9pm, we will be projecting the (mid)Season premier of The Walking Dead!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1711482759164117/

 

2pm: Opening early for the beginning of the Daytona 500 and setting up for a full day. We'll project the race on the big screen over the stage by the pool table.

4pm: We'll start the beginning rounds of a great double elimination pool tournament that we're holding for fun and for great purpose: We've always kept our pool table free, and we will continue to keep it free, but we need help to refurbish and revive its felt, rails and pockets! Entry fees will go towards to the pool table and we'll provide great prizes to the top-placed finalists! We're hoping to have new quality pool cues in advance of the tournament.

9pm: The Walking Dead on the big screen! We'll all be played out, fat and happy and ready for massive gore.  We will be projecting the rest of The Walking Dead season every Sunday!

 

* The mimimum suggested donation to participate in the Pool Tournament is $10.  If you cannot make it out today, our bartenders will be happy to accept and log any donation to help keep our table free. Prizes and pot-luck food donations are also welcome! *

 

It turns out that we're not going to combine the 2nd annual chili cook-off today, but we'll be scheduling that soon hereafter.

 

Thank you everyone, for being a part of such a great crew and we hope to have a great time with you!

 

 

 
Monday February 27th - UNC vs Virginia Basketball - 7pm on the big screen

We're opening The Kraken early for today's noon broadcast of the UNC vs Pitt basketball game!  See you here.

 

We loyally broadcast every UNC Men's Basketball game here at The Kraken, even if we have to open early.  We display the games on our normal wide screen TV and on the big screen on our stage where we also sync Jones Angell and Eric Montross doing the Tar Heel Sports Network play by play.  If a game actually coincides with live music on Friday or Saturday night, we have another screen set up outside so we can all enjoy both bands and the basketball.

 

The Kraken's definitely the place to be.  Home or away, you don't have to worry about parking or game traffic, or places to sit or hidden reserved seats, and you can also get a drink without a long wait.  It's a pretty dadgum sweet place to hang out and watch the game.

 

Don't be trippin'.... come on out and we hope to cheer with you!

 

7pm

 

 

 
Wednesday March 1st - Funky Game Night!

White Cross got game, YO!  Come out and play some amazing and unique games with really fun folks! Old standards such as cards, cribbage, backgammon and dominoes are always possible side games, but the real meat of the evenings are very interactive and engaging modern games from across the world.  We pick and choose on any given night.

https://www.facebook.com/events/603924176483481/

 

 

Originally, there were regular game nights every Thursday night in Carrboro or Durham, but as we've gathered age and responsibilities we hold them whenever and wherever we can pull it together.

 

Kelley started this tradition almost twenty years ago now.  I've been fortunate to bear witness from the beginning.  Many folks have come and gone over the years, and many who wander return for a night or ten.  Nobody forgets the fun competition, and all are welcome!

 

We don't have a regular Kraken schedule set, but keep your eyes on the schedule for hopeful monthly game nights!

 

We've got a FB group for the regulars, but often as not just use email for our sporadic gatherings.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/GameNightCH/

 

 

 

7pm

$Free, just for fun!  Please tip your bartender!

 

 

 
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 Early 2017 Update

 

We're celebrating 44 years of this amazing rocking roadhouse and we have wonderful ideas and events to share!

We continue to honor your suggestions regarding our liquor and beer selections, since we always keep it close and in the family.

 

Stay tuned for details and some particularly special events coming up!

 

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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.