-- Upcoming Shows and Events
Friday August 28th - The Holland Brothers with Sean Kiely

Tonight is going to be an awesome evening of folk music, from the upbeat old-time tunes of The Holland Brothers to the newer quasi-psychedelic folk-rock of Sean Kiely.  Sean Kiley, on tour from Jersey City, starts the night out early, and The Holland Brothers will close out the night just right!


The Holland Brothers

When twin brothers Mark and Michael Holland sing harmony, they get your attention. They then keep it with a fine display of blues harp, acoustic slide guitar, and thumbpicking 12-string guitar that form the basis of a memorable and entertaining show. Similar to the Piedmont songsters of old, The Holland Bros from North Carolina play a variety of old-time folk, country and blues music that includes choice covers and inspired original songwriting. Drawing inspiration from Charlie Poole to Charlie Patton, the Holland Bros continue to garner praise and gain new fans daily.






Sean Kiely

Sean Kiely is a singer-songwriter & guitarist out of Jersey City, NJ.  After releasing "Arch Envy" in 2012, he picked up the acoustic guitar and started over on the instrument. His latest album “Your Logo, My Logo” (released this past July) examines lyrical themes of love & death, confusion & awe in the USA, and features his dynamic, intricate acoustic guitar playing matched with the powerful upright bass playing of Bobby McCullough. Kiely is touring the south this summer with McCullough and Jason Bemis Lawrence on drums. He plays regularly around NYC, and has played live on WFMU in New Jersey.







$free, Please tip your bands and bartenders!



Saturday August 29th - Horizontal Hold with Francis Vertigo and Knurr & Spell

The Kraken presents Indie Rock Powerhouse Saturday!  Well-loved local musicians who bring alluring, catchy and rocking original music.  Chapel Hill's Knurr & Spell will start everything off at 9pm, followed by Francis Vertigo and closing with Durham's Horizontal Hold.  This is almost a repeat of our Mayday concert this year, and that night exceeded all expectations!


Horizontal Hold

Horizontal Hold is a post-punk noise-pop band from Durham, NC, whose members have each played in multiple local bands. They played their first HH show in 2013. They recorded their first EP, “This Is Not a Living”, with legendary NC engineer Jerry Kee, acting as guinea pigs of sorts for the newly-built addition in his Duck Kee Studio #8. The CD/download was released on NC’s PotLuck Foundation (PTLK25) on June, 20th 2014.

Kim Walker on bass (Shiny Beast, Taija Rae)

Dave Cantwell on guitar (Analogue, Drug Yacht, Cantwell, Gomez, & Jordan, In the Year of the Pig, Cold Sides)

Elizabeth Hammond on drums (Wembley, Pink Slips)

Kerry Cantwell on syntesizer and vocals (Actual Persons Living or Dead, The Hem of His Garment)






Francis Vertigo






Knurr & Spell

Knurr & Spell is an eclectic indie rock band from Chapel Hill, NC and is the main musical project of Sean Parker. While Parker currently plays a few of his songs in the band North Elementary, Knurr and Spell is his first full-time project since his former band Pleasant which dissolved in 2006. Knurr and Spell maintains the quirkiness and catchiness of Pleasant, yet adds even heavier and more stylistic and textured undertones. While Parker’s vocals could be described as David Byrne-esque, his songs contain the catchiness and pop of bands such as The Pixies and Pavement. Other band members include Eric Hermann on drums (Pleasant, Chest Pains), Rodney Merritt on guitar (Simple, Unfamiliar, Casting Company), and Betty Rupp on bass (North Elementary, See Gulls, Betty and the Boys).







$free, Please tip bands and bartenders!




Friday September 4th - The Cryptics

The Kraken welcomes back Hillsborough band, The Cryptics, for a fun evening of music!


The Cryptics

The Cryptics are a garage rock influenced band specializing in unearthing and reviving lost, forgotten and sometimes unknown rock and roll classics from the 1960s.  Often their set is drawn from rare, independently released 45s from the early part of the decade.






$Free, please tip band and bartender generously!




The Kraken online links and news!

There are two other Kraken bars that we are aware of, one in California and one in Washington, but we own the East coast and are the host with the most!  Granted, we haven't visited the other ones yet, but it's on our list of things to do...

In any case, we'd like to share our various links, since most people follow us on social media and mostly on Facebook.  Facebook killed the original Kraken page on 7/27/2015, since it was started as a "person" rather than a business.  Never fear, we have an official business page on Facebook and other links as well!

So far only 642 of our almost 2000 friends have "liked" the FB business page, so we're trying to put out the word everywhere we can, and share all of our current links.



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 official business page:  http://www.facebook.com/KrakenBarChapelHill This is where all of our FB announcements will now be posted.  The deleted, original page was originally built as a person, TheKraken Bar.  If you're one of the 1358 friends that haven't liked this page yet, now is the time!


Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/TheKrakenBar or @TheKrakenBar  We not big tweeters, but we try to give up to date announcements.


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 every day, and free music every weekend!  We are beginning to host Tuesday Old-Time Stringband Jams on first/third/fifth Tuesdays, and we're hoping to re-introduce Karaoke on the occasional Thursday!

There's never a dull moment at The Kraken.