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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 is killing 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!

Only 300 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 1700 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!  There's never a dull moment at The Kraken.




Friday July 24th - Stan Lewis and The Law Breakin' Revelers

We're excited to welcome back the amazing Stan Lewis and The Law Breakin' Revelers.  Y'all bring some dancin' shoes!


Stan Lewis and the Law Breakin' Revelers

Stan Lewis? with the incomparable Larry Duckworth on Drums, "always in the pocket" Rob McIntire on bass, multi-instrumentalist Tim Smith on keys and vocals, and the one and only guitar wiz Jason Barker on guitar and vocals.  The Revelers bring you Rockabilly, Blues, Honky-tonk, Gospel and various other Americana with such influences as Johnny Cash, Bob Wills, Hank Williams, Sr., George Jones, Sleepy LaBeef, and Doug Sahm.  Expect an upbeat, if not raucous tempo with an occasional swing number or murder ballad. All in all, a guaranteed good time!

All of these musicians are friends of The Kraken and play in or guest with other excellent bands that we know and love.  Stan Lewis played a spectacular solo set a couple Sundays back for the Benefit we held for Brooke and Shane.  Come back and share the love!



$Free, please tip bands and bartenders generously!

Saturday July 25th - Karol Peril with Bellflower

Show up early tonight to welcome back a good ol' posse of rockin' and rollin' and soulin' Chapel Hill musicians!  Good friends, one and all!


Karol Peril

In a time of genre, sub-genre and sub-post-genre, Karol Peril is simply dedicated to making the best damn rock and roll music that they can, with a little funkiness on the side...and sometimes that gets flipped. Simultaneously sensual and cerebral, their songs are filled with grooves that stick for days, gritty realism, and an unapologetic sense of humor. They draw from influences across the board to create a soulful, singularly enticing, and inviting sound.

The musicians are Chapel Hill stalwarts: Ian Leinbaugh on Guitar, Vocals, Recording; John Pardue on Guitar; Nora Onufer on Vocals; Tom Lattimer on Keyboard; Sean Dowdall on Bass; and Kyle Parker on Drums.






I don’t know about the robots. As far as I can tell, Bellflower generates music manually. Whether acoustic or electric, the process is organic and as natural as can be found in a modern technological world.

Lead singer Natasha Wilson may be the prototype for the next generation of robotic vocalists. Her fluid yet powerful vocals would be hard to duplicate however, and appears to be beyond the current state of the art of robotics.

Band leader Franklin Bellflower donated his name to this project, over his own protests. Many years experience with a rootsy bluesy rock and roll matrix have perfected an earthy green guitar style that would certainly qualify for LEEDS Certification.

Chuck Morton plays keyboards by ear, but mostly he uses his fingers. With ten fingers available and 88 keys arrayed in traditional format, he lays down an old school rhythm that he has been doing for so long it came back into fashion. However the keyboard plays itself fairly well if you push the right buttons. Robotic progress continues.

Greg “Nuke” Bernucca holds down the bottom end playing bass as no robot would. His universal oneness suggests a soul no robot could possess.

Jeff Lindsay provides percussive thrust with emotion beyond robotic understanding. He exhibits a versatility and variety in rhythm, rhyme and reason beyond the programmatic controls of any Casio to date.

Bellflower gigs tend to grow organically and extemporaneously depending on who we see in the audience. Chapel Hill and Carrboro are so rich with talent who will willingly step up to a mic and do a thing. This is as it should be. Let’s see a robot do that!






$Free, please tip bands and bartenders generously!

Sunday July 26th - Monthly Last Sunday 8-ball Pool Tournament

Every last Sunday of the month The Kraken hosts an 8-ball Double Elimination Pool Tournament on our humble eight-foot Dynamo table.  Enjoy the AC and test your skills against fun and very challenging competition.

Rules are honest bar rules: call your shots, bad hits cue ball stays in place, scratches shoot behind the line.  Proceeds are determined by number of players.  Our pool table runs quite true, and the rails are surprisingly resilient, but we're planning on resurfacing the felt and replacing all pockets and rails as soon as we can arrange.

As always, you should be present by the start-time if you don't sign-up at the bar in advance. Maximum participants are sixteen players, so we encourage you to show up early, or ask your bartender to sign up in advance.  We're starting a bit later during the Summer.  If you can't be there by 7pm, try to show up soon afterwards or get in touch with one of the players.






$10 entry with prizes and possibly free food!

Friday July 31st - 33 1/3 VINYL LOUNGE DJ mix featuring Soul, Rock, Reggae and more

Tonight we're bringing out the bomb-dot-com DJs to spin 100% Vinyl!  DJ Ras J of local fame brings out a stellar crew of compatriots from The Shakori Vinyl Lounge, Simmer Down, The Soul Deep Cellar and more...  Craig Austin Powell, Selector B Steady, Dj Khaleeb, and DJ Soulful Love join in for a fun Friday night.  Celebrate the summer heat, the cool Kraken, and get your dance on to great tunes!


Friday July 31st - 33 1/3 VINYL LOUNGE hosted by DJ Ras J

Join us as we spend a 100% VINYL evening digging through the crates of classic soul, funk and rock selections, with a touch of vintage reggae and ska. A crew of veteran djs will be bringing their baddest vinyl party rockers on rare 45s and LPs to get the joint jumping! Alongside event host and vinyl guru DJ Ras J will be Craig "DJ Layabout" Powell, fresh off his gig opening for NYC Night Train SOUL CLAP king Jonathan Toubin at the Pinhook, Selector B Steady, just back from a European mini-tour, Grassroots Vinyl Lounge co-founder DJ Khaleeb and Bull City vinyl collector DJ Soulful Love. If you love VINYL and classic soul jams - this party is guaranteed to satisfy!

DJ Ras J first began spinning vinyl in high school in 1984, before later moving on to host his groundbreaking college radio show "Ewadjo" in 1989 on WECS 90.1 FM in Connecticut. A former roadie for reggae legend Super Cat, he has also worked with Big Daddy Kane, the Wu-Tang Clan, Buju Banton, Culture, The Wailers and John Mayer. He is the founder of the SIMMER DOWN reggae party, which launched in Carrboro in 2008 and is the longest running vinyl party in North Carolina (now every 4th Saturday at Zog's in Chapel Hill). He also hosted the SOUL DEEP CELLAR from 2012-2015 and is currently co-coordinator of the Shakori Vinyl Lounge. The "33 1/3 Vinyl Lounge" is his latest effort to promote 'vinyl culture' and unity among dis, as well as showcase the connections between multiple genres, styles and influences. The 33 1/3 Vinyl Festival is slated to come to Carrboro in the spring of 2016.












$Free, please tip DJs and bartenders generously!

Saturday August 1st - The Radials

Tonight we are very pleased to welcome back The Radials who are like a classic car that increases value over the passage of time.  They make music the way it was done before there was such a thing as Rock and Roll.


The Radials

TWANG. TORCH. TONK. The Radials have a flair for melody and a knack for great stories. Put those elements together with a cacophony of upstate California jangle, swampy cajun spice and downtown Nashville honky-tonk, and you have a unique blend of Americana roots music with a modern twist. The Byrds, Loretta, Replacements, Beatles, Neil, Willie and Cash cast a shadow on the instruments of the Radials, but it is the unique blend of these five musicians that lift the crowd to their feet to move to the music.

Featuring Lisa Dames on vocals; Thomas Royal on bass and vocals; Justin Horth on percussion and backing vocals; Drew Wofford on keyboards, accordion and pedal steel; Shawn Patch on guitars, mandolin, and backing vocals; and Zach Tilley on acoustic guitar and vocals.







$free  please tip your bands and bartenders!