-- Upcoming Shows and Events
Friday March 6th - Jefferson Hart and The Ghosts of the Old North State with Doug Davis and the Solid Citizens

We're pleased to present the second half of a two part live performance deal between Jefferson Hart & The Ghosts of the Old North State and Doug Davis & The Solid Citizens. All good people in town know Jeff Hart and his bands over the years. Doug Davis played with Chris Stamey for quite a while and is very well known across the state.  Read on for all of the honorable mentions.


Jeff Hart and the Ghosts of the Old North State

In 2013, after 23 years as Jeff Hart and the Ruins, the band renamed themselves Jefferson Hart and The Ghosts of the Old North State (after the album of the same name). Jeff has also been playing solo under the name Jefferson Hart since early in 2013.

In 2014, Jeff Hart and The Ghosts of the Old North State released, Corolla Ponies In The Snow, which was the culmination of a 12 week song writing project in which Jeff wrote a song a week for 12 weeks and posted them to SoundCloud. The title track was inspired by a YouTube video of ponies running on the North Carolina Outer Banks during a snow storm.

“His prize possession is a guitar signed by over a dozen of his heroes including Paul Westerberg, John Hiatt, Robert Earl Keen, and Matthew Sweet - with a combination of that foursome providing a decent description of Hart's sound ... and from a Byrds-eye view, the pre-Clarence White Byrds.” - Rick Cornell - No Depression

“I challenge anyone to find a better in-the-wee-hours song than the exceptional 'From Now On' with such lines as "Colder than the backside of your pillowcase". Lesser artists have made careers of such songs. ” - Record Exchange Monitor

Jeff Hart came up with this line on his own, and it's quite appropriate that it is basically the same as Stuart Scott's quote that was made famous through his presence at ESPN.  Good local Tar Heels, both.  Rest In Peace.


Check out a video from one of their prior performances at The Kraken:  http://vimeo.com/111212408




Doug Davis and the Solid Citizens

Doug Davis has been a fixture on the regional scene for many years, as a producer, sideman, a leader of the Triad community project, the Vagabond Saints' Society, and as an all-around musical instigator.  But his heart lies in his original music, which he performs solo, in small combos (often with violist and accomplice, Susan Terry), and with his own crack band, the Solid Citizens.  The Citizens feature husband-and-wife team, Lee and Susan Terry, on various stringed instruments; Ken Mohan on bass guitar; and Dan DesNoyers on drums.  Over the course of the last six years, the band has been honing its sound together, releasing its debut, Penny Brown Penny, in 2008.  Since then, they've set out to release a series of four six-song EP's.  The first two, 2012's A Pageant of Gold and 2014's The River Running Slowly, have been released, and the band is currently working on the third in the series.


Doug also performs and writes with Mt. Airy, NC, based roots-rock band, Mediocre Bad Guys, as well as with the rock-soul combo, Doug Davis & the Mystery Dates.  Doug has also performed with Chris Stamey, Sally Spring, Mark Kano, Artie Lamonica (the Shirts), Jerry Chapman, and many others.  His music has been featured in dozens of television shows and films, including "Saturday Night Live," "Dateline," "The Voice," and "Last Call With Carson Daly."






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Saturday March 7th - Lou Reed Birthday Bash with Wiley Fosters and Curtis Eller's American Circus

The Wiley Fosters celebrate Lou Reed's Birthday by performing The Velvet Underground's "Live At Max's Kansas City" from front to back!  This is the 5th anniversary of this special event by The Wiley Fosters, and the 1st time they've brought it to The Kraken!

The all-star performance includes members of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, Tres Chicas, Humble Tripe, Graveyard Fields, and even the American strongman himself, Mr. Curtis Eller!



Curtis Eller's American Circus will carry on the birthday celebration, as we celebrate the memory of a true American Original.  Bring your Shiny Shiny Shiny Boots Of Leather!





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Friday March 13th - Dmitri Resnik and Bootleg Beat

We're really excited to bring in some serious New Orleans and Chatham County flavored gumbo tonight!


Dmitri Resnik and Bootleg Beat

Dmitri Resnik is a guitarist/vocalist from Chatham County, NC who has been playing professionally for more than 25 years.  He has six critically acclaimed CD's dating back to 1998 which have received substantial airplay worldwide.  He has appeared in 27 states in the US, many provinces in Canada and also in Italy.  Resnik spent 12 years in New Orleans playing and touring with some of the best musicians in the city.  He's won numerous Real Blue Magazine Awards and had two songs included on NPR's Cartalk.  Find out more about Dmitri by listening to the PRE interview, by George Olsen of Public Radio East -- it outlines Resnik's career interspersed with sound clips. You can find it at http://www.dmitriresnik.com.


The following are excerpts from a article published shortly after Dmitri returned to Chatham County.  Written in 2001, by Grant Britt in The Spectator (now defunct) "Back from the Bayou":


"Being born and raised in the heart of Bluegrass Country ( Chatham County), you’d think that guitarist Dmitri Resnik would have a hankerin’ to play that high and lonesome music. But the music just didn’t speak to Resnik. " 'I was just more drawn to the blues. I had an easier time playing it with the emphasis on the backbeat.'"

"By the time he got to high school, the young guitarist was bumping against up and coming artists. 'I went to school with Red Clay Rambler’s Tommy Thompson’s son Tommy and with Katherine Whalen of the Squirrel Nut Zippers and Dexter Romweber of the Flat Duo Jets.'"

"...after several years of playing in the Chapel Hill area, the guitarist  decided to try his luck elsewhere and set out for New Orleans in 1989. 'I was either gonna go there or Nashville or Austin and I had a friend living there and she said you can stay on my couch and see how it goes.' Resnik quickly landed a gig at a place called Boyd’s Blues Alley in the house band. Stax session man Willie Cole who had toured the world with Isaac Hayes and his band, was scouting musicians one night and picked up Resnik for his band. 'I played my first gig with him at the 1989 Jazzfest.  Within six months I was playing a gig in front of five thousand people. Coming from Chapel Hill , where you’re playing private parties for 100 bucks and a case of beer, I thought I’d really hit the big time.'"





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Saturday March 14th - Steve Howell and Caroline Mamoulides with Stephen Lee

After a tasty Gumbo Friday, we're happy to bring on some country-fried Saturday action with Steve Howell performing with Caroline Mamoulides and Stephen Lee's solo set out of Baltimore.


Caroline Mamoulides and Steve Howell

Caroline Mamoulides is a songwriter, vocalist and guitarist from Raleigh, NC. With strong vocals and a passion for melody her songwriting brings truth and beauty with a touch of sorrow to the light of day. She released her first solo record 'Potential' on July 17, 2012.  She formerly fronted indy rock band The Bettys and was a founding member of Mollybond, a group of soul sisters sharing a love of harmony and traditional songs.


Steve Howell has made a name for himself as a founding member of Raleigh, NC’s honky tonk heroes The Backsliders. He has released five CDs with The Backsliders and played his songs all over the country. Together Caroline and Steve emphasize harmony vocals and a two acoustic guitar sound that is sure the pull at the heartstrings, but still keep your toes tapping.






Stephen Lee

Stephen Lee got his boots wet making sinners out of saints with the Punk-Rock-Country band, "Who Are the Southern Baptists?"  In January of 2013 Lee released the solo and self-titled Stephen Lee EP, recorded and mixed by Dan ABH of The Lab ALL-AGES, in Alexandria, VA.

With a move to Baltimore, Lee released his second solo EP, Too Drunk To Punk featuring faster paced five songs that were recorded live in Manassas, VA and engineered by Chad VanNortwick in February of 2014.




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Friday March 20th - Flint Zeigler

Flint Zeigler

Flint Zeigler's music career has been a steady, consistent progression, all of which point to growth and maturity of a seasoned, stellar songwriter. His years fronting roots-rock band Grantham Road around Pennsylvania and the surrounding states produced 3 albums, numerous radio singles that generated air-play across the country, sharing the stage with national bands like Hootie and the Blowfish, Saving Jane, and the Badlees, along with playing festivals with Jars of Clay, the Subdudes and others in the northeast. Flint has also built a fan base that has stuck by him over into his solo career. Grantham Road album "Parade" charted at #26 in the Roots Music chart and Flint?s verison of Neil Young's "Love is a Rose" has been a favorite since it's release in 2006.

Flint's 2008 debut solo album, "New Harmony Sessions", showed a break from the clanging electric guitars and showcased the acoustic, intimate side of Flint's creative mind. Teaming up with Over The Rhine's live band, Mickey Grimm and Jake Bradley, and engineer, David Foreman, the result was a singer/songwriter's delight. The songs lyrics were showcased and the music was moody, dark and very live. Most of the basic tracks were recorded in an 1800's mansion in Indiana with all the players sitting together in the same room. Flint also used Pennsylvania musician Maurice Crane for the piano tracks which began the process for "Marks of Another Year".

A move to Johnson City, TN put Zeigler in a position to be a part of not only the Tennessee music scene but also the Asheville, NC scene and formed a nice landscape to release a new project. Flint made trips to Pennsylvania to record with Maurice and his wife Wendy along with members of their band Creekside Soul. The setting was rural Pennsylvania, the rolling hills, family farms and Amish buggies. The sounds were old trucks and tractors, quiet, cool evenings and old friends sharing stories of life. The album is Flint's past, present and future all finding their niche and working together. Fender Telecasters through old tube amps, subtle piano lines, the crack of the snare drum and vocal harmonies that are sung from soul to soul.

He recently finished recording in Asheville, NC with a close friend and together they explored the songs that Flint had been writing.  Zeigler says he named the new project The Lumen Sessions because the name of the recording studio is Lumen Audio and because he felt it was like seeing old ideas in a new light.  This current tour is in support of The Lumen Sessions release.





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Saturday March 21 - Ella and The Lowdowns with Made of Suede

Tonight we're pleased to present two young bands who know their stuff...  Anyone who's ever been to the Kraken will surely be familiar with Ella and The Lowdowns who will pack the place thanks to much loved honky tonk/country/americana set...  Show up early though, since we're starting with bluegrass at 8pm, with Made of Suede coming down from the mountains around Boone.



Ella and The Lowdowns

We're excited to have Ella and The Lowdowns returning to The Kraken.  The young honky tonk supergroup will get the joint moving and dancing as they have regularly over the past several years.  The band includes members of Orange County Blue, Big Fat Gap and of course, Ella Bertram, recently of The Ayr Mountaineers.

Ella Bertram is another shining star of a family of musicians and well known figures in the local community.  She's playing some spectacular shows in the area celebrating her new album "Shiny and Brite".  You may have heard about that on WUNC's Back Porch Music recently.

FYI:  Did you know that Bertram essentially means "Bright Raven"?  "This interesting surname of some antiquity derives from the Old Germanic personal name Bertram, a compound of the elements "berht", bright or famous, plus "hrabn", raven. The raven was the bird of Odin, King of the gods, in Germanic mythology."





Made of Suede

Made of Suede is an up-and-coming acoustic quartet originally formed in Boone, NC. They bring a high energy, boot-stompin' blend of hard driving bluegrass, raucous old-time fiddle tunes, and sultry three part harmony heart melters. Each Suede member is well versed in traditional music and together they strive to ignite passion for not only the music but also what it means to be Appalachian. Be sure to arrive in time to catch their whirlwind of string music!







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Friday March 27th - Too Much Fun

Too Much Fun

The Kraken doesn't have a house band, but we have a large collective group of musicians who can each claim to be a "house musician" and every one of the guys in Too Much Fun totally qualify. 

What began as a group of guys getting together to share some music and beers and fun has turned into more than twenty five years of sharing music and beers, and way Too Much Fun!  They've played clubs and festivals and dances across the state and you cannot resist moving.

They can jump, they can swing, they can flat out rock. They play the blues, they play from the roots, they are tight, they are loose.  One minute it's a tasty four part harmony, the next it's a barrelhouse rocker. They play a mix of originals and cover songs with one of the most solid rhythm sections around.

Lance White on guitar and vocals; Berkeley Grimball on sax, guitar, and vocals; Bobby Schopler on harp and vocals; Rob McIntire on bass and vocals; and Larry Duckworth on drums.





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Saturday March 28th - Sibannac with 49 Short

Tonight is going to be a lot different than last night.. It promises to be a special "jump out of the window" punk night at The Kraken and is going to herald a couple months of diverse music to follow.



Chapel Hill Crack Rock-Steady stylin' that is belligerently sexy. "It's like you're pouring toxic sludge on my lawn" - The Neighbors.

Devin Raymond, guitarist, met drummer Bryon Plotts over six years ago and have been playing together since. A few years ago, bassist Graham Collins joined and in 2011 the band dissipated, seeking education and enlightenment to obliterate greed.

The SiBA crew is back and fighting against Dick Cheney's dead with an even fiercer rock-steady... Prepare to rock out with their full-force assault.  Happily presented in a punk/ska format for your listening pleasure.





49 Short

These Garner and Raleigh guys don't give a sh!@t about bios but we have to come up with something...

Here are the facts - these guys mix up some melody with a touch of ska and a lot of hardcore punk.







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Friday April 3rd - The Del Ward Band

The Del Ward Band

Del Ward is a young man from Hillsborough who writes and plays songs like a soul-musician who grew up in Nirvana soaked Seattle.  He has played with a number of local musicians here at The Kraken, initially with the band "Not Dead Yet."

In the summer of 2013, his doctor-ordered voice rest sparked an explosion of new songwriting.  By Fall Del was ready to be performing again, and this time with a wealth of his own material.  He asked Thomas Teapole and David Shore to help him start a band to do this.

Thomas has played guitar with Del since they met in high school.  David and Del played together in the same band for the two years prior.  David introduced Art, his friend from Pittsburg, to the band shortly after rehearsals began.  The Del Ward Band is, among other things, an inter-generational band.  Art and David are both seasoned musicians.  They've played in a number of local bands, as well as with some of this country's best musicians.  Del and Thomas bring a blast of youthful energy and rebellion that comes from playing guitars together in the stairwell at school for hours on end, when they probably should have been finishing up the history paper that was due last week.

The band performs all original material.  Del writes most of the new material, though arrangements and orchestration are a collaborative effort.  "Sometimes, when the band gets done with it, I can barely recognize my song, but it's always better."