-- Upcoming Shows and Events
Friday May 8th - Crystal Bright & The Silver Hands with Blair Crimmins & The Hookers

If we had to boil down this evening's performances to a few words, we would simply say that this is a MUST-SEE show.  We are honored that Crystal Bright & The Silver Hands have come down from North Carolina foothills to perform on our humble stage, and happy they brought their fun friends from Atlanta, Blair Crimmins & The Hookers.  You are not like to see a concert like this all year long, and certainly not in such an intimate venue with free admission.


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.

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






Blair Crimmins & The Hookers

Crimmins brings The Hookers out to blast the room with Dixieland horns, rowdy ragtime piano and gypsy jazz guitar. Crooning and boozing the night away, he delivers everything you would expect from a man who claims to be possessed by the ghost of an old vaudevillian accordion player. Songs jump with a 1920's gaudiness, reminiscent of tawdry, dangerous jazz. While devious lyrics can mirror the sinister Charlestons they accompany, Crimmins also has a grab bag of unjaded torch songs at his disposal, spotlighting the loneliness of a life spent in the shadows.








$free, Please tip your bands and bartenders!

Saturday May 9th - Ella Bertram with The Holland Brothers

The excellent Ella Bertram returns to The Kraken to play a solo show with Chapel Hill's Holland Brothers.


Ella Bertram

Ella Bertram was born and raised in Efland, North Carolina, in what was once a one room log cabin but has since been added onto in every direction. She grew up with many musicians in her extended family, including Katharine Whalen of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, and was exposed to many a porch session which led her to begin her guitar playing at the age of ten.  With some intitial guitar lessons, and voice lessons from classically trained singer, Andrea Moore, she grew her talent over the next several years.

At the age of 16, she began playing in the band that became the Ayr Mountaineers, writing the songs and playing guitar accompanied by Alan Best on the accordion, Jack Fleishman on the banjo, and Stacy Harden on the bass. Many other wonderful musicians came and went throughout the life of the band as they played together for the next three years.  One of these musicians was the talented Jennifer Curtis with whom Ella performs with even after the eventual dissolution of The Ayr Mountaineers.

Ella currently lives outside of Hillsborough, NC, surrounded by animals, trucks, and guitars. She recently recorded a new album, “Shiny & Brite”, and just celebrated with a much lauded CD release party on March 21st just down the road at Rock Quarry Farm.






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.







$free, Please tip your bands and bartenders!