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Friday December 19th - Too Much Fun Christmas Show with special guests

Too Much Fun headlines with their annual rockin' Christmas Party Extravaganza at The Kraken!  Come out and dance!



Lynn Blakey and Ecki Heines will start the evening at 8pm.



At 9pm the Zach White Ensemble will warm up TMF and the special guests who are at last report Tim Smith (the keyboard madman), Jefferson Hart (the man of a thousand bands), Tim Shearer (he of John Howie Jr. and the Rosewood Bluff), the Whiskey Honeys (pretty wemins), Dixie White (she lets Lance mow the lawn), The White Family Singers...and the aforementioned Ms. Blakey. Spirits will be high.



$Free, Please tip your bands and bartenders

Saturday December 20th - Jeffrey Hart and the Ghosts of the Old North State with The Banana Seats

Jefferson Hart and the Ghosts of The Old North State will impress you to no end.  Check out a video from one of their prior performances at The Kraken: 



The opening band is The Banana Seats featuring other fine local musicians you know and love.




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Saturday December 27th - Jimmy Swagger and The Fussy Eaters with Randy Dean Whitt

Lighten up that load after a few days of family and food and check out Jimmy Swagger and the Fussy Eaters.  Country music that don't mess around...

This is John Pardue's recent project that gets into the dirty truth of life.  He still plays with Twilighter and certainly others, but he's lettin' it swagger now.



Before/during/after all of those fussy eaters, you can rely on good ol' Randy Dean Whitt to cleanse your palette.  Perhaps the guys will mix it up...

"Randy Dean Whitt is a songwriter. Like a Braque painting, or a view from your passenger side window, on your long ride back home, Randy’s songs could be described as a collection of images in motion. Never content to only explore one theme, these songs express nuanced portrayals of a life lived hard, and a life lived full, but always living as much as you can. At times an embrace of the beauty of the simple, at times an embrace of manic joy, and at other times a meditation on the melancholy of the mundane. Randy Dean Whitt, like you and me, and all of us, is an artist of the human condition. Or, as a close friend once said, “Randy is passionately askew”.

Randy and his band have been featured performers at festivals all over the east coast as well as clubs like the 40 watt in Athens, Ga. and the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, NC. They have received substantial acclaim in a short amount of time. They have played at the Grassroots festival in Ithaca, N.Y., the Shakori Hills Festival in Silk Hope N.C., the World Beer Festival in Durham, N.C., and many others. Randy has opened or shared the stage with the likes of: Junior Brown, Bobby Bare, Jr., Southern Culture On the Skids, The Avett Brothers, Wayne Hancock, and the Two Dollar Pistols. With enthusiastic touring and playing within N.C., Randy continues to gain notoriety and fans all over the country."




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New Years Eve Wednesday December 31st - Dexter Romweber

You could drive into town and deal with a lot of traffic and headaches and law and more...  or you could come out to The Kraken for a laid back, yet Rockin' New Years Eve with good people and neighbors and friends.  We thought about putting on some big showcase show this year, but we're much relieved to keep it in the family.

If you see Dex walking down NC Highway 54 with a guitar like Dylan in the 60s, pick him up and bring him to The Kraken, because he will rock your socks off.  Check out these links and many more.


Dexter Romweber





There are a bazillion links, but this is one of my faves from the days when I first became a fan...  The Flat Duo Jets as featured in the Athens, Ga Inside/Out Documentary...



One more favorite link with Dexter and The New Romans, if only because Jody Kidney is part of this band and Dex gives a full introduction to the great musicians backing him up.  Crispy will by playing at the Kraken in two of his bands at the end of January...



Starting at 9-10pm

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Friday January 9th - Mysti Mayhem with Uh Justin Time

Mysti Mayhem

"I started as Bo Diddley's student when I was 18, and I had a long background in off Broadway operas and stage acting from my youth. He sent me out on tour to California, where I made a demo with Kyle Gass (Tenacious D) as producer and John Spiker (Trainwreck) as engineer/backing vocals/bass. That led me to Nashville to do another album, (technically my 3rd by this stage) with members of Highway 101 Cactus Moser (drums) and Curtis Stone (Bass). From there I landed a $50K record deal which was fan funded by people across the globe. This gave me the opportunity to perform at the Paradiso in Amsterdam, and perform in London, Portugal, and The Netherlands. The record's name was Diversity, still featuring those same members of Highway 101 and produced by Chris Stamey from the DB's. In 2014 I recorded with Two Egrets Studio after winning a competition with Deep South Entertainment for the single "Time For A Change", currently available on itunes."



with Uh Justin Time




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Friday January 16th - LUD with The Bastages



The Bastages




Saturday January 17th - Gasoline Stove with Kitty Box and the Johnnys

Gasoline Stove

Roots Rock/ Americana band, Gasoline Stove picks up where Memphis the Band leaves off. Chapel Hill Singer/songwriter/novelist Scott Morgan, is joined by former bandmates including Jon Baughman on upright bass.  While still traveling "roots-lined roads" Gasoline Stove explores soul and rock with bits of folk tucked in during this storytelling extravaganza.  Their first album, Vultures on the Mainframe, features "admirable Dylan and Waits homages," RIck Cornell, The Independent Weekly.  Dead Mule Songs, their second album, was just completed in July.



Kitty Box and the Johnnys





Friday January 23rd - Killer Filler with Deadly Lo-Fi

Welcome back, Killer Filler!  Crispy is coming back to The Kraken on two consecutive Fridays with two of his bands, with support from from his widespread acquaintances and connections.  He is well known in many international circles, but locally best known for planning and hosting the Instro Summit, playing a major role in Elvis Fest and many other showcases over the years.  Let us not forget the Hoppie & Crispy's Bar-B-Q Tour videos series that inspired Arrested Development. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6-ShofYdMY)

"Started in 2004, Killer Filler is the spawn of keyboardist, guitarist, and songwriter Chris "Crispy" Bess -- an all-instrumental five-piece outfit to meld his twin penchants for 1960s Memphis soul and California surf music. Twang, spy, funk, lounge and swing flavor Crispy's songwriting as well as the B-side nuggets that he picks to arrange and cover. The Ventures, Booker T. and the MGs, The Shadows, The Champs and The Meters all get nods in live sets. .. Crispy commands the Hammond organ and a six-string to boot while guitarists Bryon Settle and Greg Bowers join on dual guitars, Bryon's drop-jaw phrasing colored by Greg's solid rock rhythms. The rhythm section is a seamless and versatile unit with Paco Robles on drums and Steve Eisenstadt on electric bass... Instrumental music sets a party vibe that's infectiously groovy.



Starting the evening at 9pm is Deadly Lo-Fi.  STEP RIGHT UP FOLKS!  You will not be displeased with the performance tonight by the honorable Deadly Lo-Fi that takes you back to ages past and warps your brain into immediate gypsy dance and questioning...  Kinda like a Screamin' Jay Hawkins that you can see really rock to minus psychedelics thanks to the serious deep horns and a beautifully sparse rhythm section.  What year is this?



This is just sick.  Might be time to restart Sleezefest out in the country...  What you you think Dave?  'Nuff said.


Saturday January 31st - North Columbia with The Rose Gray Band

North Columbia


Rose Gray band




Friday February 20th

Orange County All Stars



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