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 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 with Andy Squint
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. They bring the spectacular Andy Squint and his Louisiana Swamp music to open the night up right.
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.
Louisiana roots, blues and jazz artist Andy Squint is a songwriter steeped in tradition. As a member of the Swamp Cats, Andy was a house guitarist at Tabby's Blues Box in Baton Rouge. After "The Box" closed, Andy worked with such Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame members as Oscar Davis and Slim Harpo's guitarist, James Johnson. Andy struck out on his own in 2006 with a CD of original blues songs, Goin' to the Racetrack, which still receives international radio airplay. In 2008, Andy was a guest artist on Larry Garner's Dixie Frog Records release, Here Today, Gone Tomorrow. After relocating to High Point, NC, in 2010, Andy was awarded runner up at the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society’s solo/duo blues competition. Andy kicked off Greensboro's 25th Anniversary Carolina Blues Festival on May 7th 2011, where he also released his second CD, Down by the River.
We are excited to have him grace our stage and rock and roll your soul tonight.
$free please tip your bands and bartenders!
Friday July 7th - Graymatter
Not a single person we've spoken to have expressed anything but praise for Graymatter and their performances. We wholeheartedly welcome them back to The Kraken, and may announce a surprise guest... keep your ears and eyes and clicking fingers open!
Burlington band, Graymatter, bring their acoustic rock and soaring harmonies back to The Kraken. Brad Gray, Barry Gray, Bev Gray Gude and Dave Gude have been singing, harmonizing and strumming various instruments together as long as anyone could remember. Bev and her younger brothers Barry and Brad and two more siblings, Barbara and Ben, soaked up the folk music of the 1950s and '60s that their father played and sang to them.
One fateful day in 1974 Bev brought her new boyfriend (now husband) Dave home for dinner, and he's been hanging around ever since. Dave likes to say he's the lucky one, since he married into this deal.
The four members of Graymatter have been in various bands together. Bev and Dave sang as a duo in coffee houses in high school and college, impressing judges for 2 years in the Mountaineer Talent Search at ASU in the late '70s. Dave, Barry, and Brad formed their first band, The Passaic River Ramblers, in 1979 while Barry and Brad were still in high school. The trio went on to found the first incarnation of Graymatter in the 1980s. Later Barry and Brad were in a series of electric bands, the last of which Dave returned for. That band featured Brad on electric guitar, Dave on bass and Barry on drums. In recent years, the three guys picked up their acoustic instruments again and reformed Graymatter, and in 2011, Bev joined us to complete the musical circle.
$Free, please tip bands and bartenders generously!
Saturday July 8th - Orange County All-Stars with The Whiskey Honeys
There is no official house band at The Kraken, but if there were, these musicians are all members. There's really no need to publicize or promote this show, but we might as well provide some text for those of you who like more information. Oh, by the way, be prepared to dance to the music.
Orange County All Stars
OCAS is a group of musicians who play in many different popular local bands... they're all friends the OC, that like mixing it up with random songs besides their own. It started as kind of a fill-in gig one night and they had such a blast they decided to do it again when they could. It gives them a chance to stretch out their cosmic rubber band.
The All Stars draw from a huge collection of original and inspired tunes, ranging from the Stones, Little Feat, Delbert McClinton, Procol Harum, Bo Diddly, Hayes Carll, Doors, John Hiatt, Albert Collins, or even George Jones... and that just scratches the surface.
The regular line-up consists of Pete Gamble and Lance White on guitars, Tim Smith on keyboards, Doug Guild on bass, and Larry Duckworth on drums. Other local All Star musicians join in to add dancing monkey wrenches to the mix.
They settled on the name Orange County All-Stars, because they're fashion sense is somewhat influenced by Converse All-Stars.
The Whiskey Honeys
The Whiskey Honeys are a 50's, 60's, 70"s dance band providing a line up of four girls with four guys swapping out lead and dance moves on those favorite dance songs from your youth (or your parent's youth). We could write more about this band, but anyone who's been at The Kraken for years knows that no writing will do justice.
$free, Please tip your bands and bartenders