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Thursday, December 10th, 2020

One visit to The Kraken and you're family, returning for more engaging stories, friendly porch banter, and stellar live music performances. Wonders never cease at this heart of an extremely talented and diverse community.

Nicknamed the "church with beer", this humble roadhouse music venue reflects the passionate loyalty of its parishioners - a mission to support the artists, musicians, writers and everyday folks who inspire and edify our souls

Consistently voted one of the best local venues to see live music, The Kraken features country, blues, rockabilly, jazz, bluegrass, metal, indy, americana, punk, world and good ole rock and roll. All regular performances are FREE to attend! Bands have been consistently surprised and pleased by the combination of audience tips and bar payout versus the standard cover charge alternative; however, the times are much more lean due to Covid19. Please support your favorite venues and artists generously whether in person or via online funding links.

Pre-pandemic times featured huge tribute shows each year, epic Metalfest cook-outs, bikers talking shop each Tuesday along with a couple dozen Old-time stringband musicians jamming on the odd Tuesdays. Then there's the world-renowned Wednesday night Shake Sugaree Americana Residency with Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboys.

Until we launch our newly rebuilt website here, please visit our social media pages for updates, changes and improvements as we settle in through the Winter. Everyone's really come together to keep The Kraken going through the seven months of shut-down and subsequent limited reopening and it really speaks to our passion and character.

The Kraken's log, March 2021:

Krakeneers, it's true - we're re-opening this Wednesday, March 3rd. We're excited to bring live music back to our outdoor stage!

The Kraken will be open Wednesday through Saturdays from 3-10pm.

  • Inside attendance remains limited to staff and bands with the exception of bathroom access from The Kraken's North entrance.

  • Bartenders provide service through our front porch window.

  • Masks are required, and social distancing will be strictly enforced. We happily provide masks and hand sanitizer.

Please email all booking inquires to booking@thekrakenbar.com for all band options: private practice space, video and streaming production, and live performances. Any combination of inside stage, outdoor stage, and/or porches is feasible.

We are eternally thankful to the family, friends and fans whose generosity kept our community roadhouse going through the Fall, allowing us to open cautiously for a few months through the new year. The past couple months have tapped our personal reserves. We are launching a final fundraising campaign in order to restock and pay our March bills in advance of our yearly licensing and business fees due in April. It is the darkest hour before the dawn. We are optimistic that the sun will bless us with its light and warmth soon. We will make it through this and celebrate the music and laughter we dearly need. 

Jody and Kirk and The Kraken crew