-- Upcoming Shows and Events
Thursday January 12th - Ramblin' Fever DJ Sessions

Tonight, The Kraken is excited to host the eighth monthly installment of "Ramblin' Fever" Real DJ Sessions.  WUNC Music Meister, DJ Brian Burns sets the scene and invites guest DJs to join the fun!  DJ Michael Palm guests for another great night of 60s and 70s Country mixed with classic Blues, Soul, Rockabilly, R&B and Rock obscurities thrown in for good measure.  Typically we host Brian and his guest DJs on every second Thursday, but due to the upcoming holidays and college basketball games, we occasionally switch to third Thursdays.  Stay tuned!



Come on down and get your groove on and watch vintage videos on the big screen!  Thursdays are for the real professionals.





$Free - please tip your DJs and bartenders generously!



Friday January 13th - Handsome Al and the Lookers with The Mystery Hillbillies

What an amazing double feature at The Kraken!  Both The Mystery Hillbillies and Handsome Al & The Lookers easily own the stage by themselves, but they're combining tonight to bring in the new year with style.  The Mystery Hillbillies are opening up a bit after 8pm on this warm winter day, so show up early!



Handsome Al and The Lookers featuring Emma Davis

Handsome Al and The Lookers are no strangers to the stage.  They've been performing for years as members of more bands than dance steps you can bring for one of their hot shows.

Big Mama E brings her locally born and bred pipes to front the Blues, R&B and Soul group of kindred spirits who have lived and played from the deep south and up the Atlantic coast as far back as the 70s.

They have played professionally and simply for the passion.  The collective resume is extensive and even includes serious Jazz acts over the years.  Bands include "Chicken Fried Blues Band", "Big Mama E and the Cool", "Nantucket", "BJ Thomas", "Marie LeBleu & the Comitz", "The Big Beat", and more.


Emma Davis - vocals

Alan Heckle - guitar, vocals

Dave Youngman - keyboard, sax, guitar, vocals

Steve Boletchek - bass

Richard Gates - drums









Mystery Hillbillies

The Mystery Hillbillies are a new/old-timey rockin' band that never fail to impress. They play a range of music from the early 40's to the present. Styles include Classic country,western swing, rockabilly and blues... think Patsy Cline, Bob Wills, Hank Williams, Dwight Yokum, Brenda Lee, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and Elvis.

Whether you're a two-stepper, jitterbugger, lindy hopper, shagger or a plain old leg shaker, you'll be up on the dance floor when the Mystery Hillbillies get to rockin'. They bring a great, entertaining crowd of folks of all ages and persuasions.


Michelle Bellanger - guitar, vocals

Lance White - guitar, vocals

FJ Ventre - standup bass, vocals







$Free - Please tip your bands and bartenders generously!



Saturday December 14th - Last Tuesday with Local Notoriety

Once again, we host a heartfelt evening of friends and family here at The Kraken, and as always we welcome wonderful new folks.  Tonight we bring back "Ladder Bob" and his local band Last Tuesday, and we welcome a new young duo here for the first time!  They're appropriately named "Local Notoriety".


Last Tuesday

Last Tuesday delivers an authentic, polished rock and soul mix of original tunes and occasional tributes to classics that will get you dancing!

Durham native Mario Milner draws from his performances up and down the Eastern seaboard with such bands has Sprede-lectric, Moxie McCloy and Mo'Scocious. He fronts the band with his soulful lead vocals and bass. Hillsborough's Bob Hartford contributes fifty years experience playing guitar, and writing and publishing songs for many bands. Tim Nicholson provides the foundation with truly incredible percussion that he's shared with across several continents.  Guy Loranger brings his Bostonian studio experience to the stage as a hand percussionist.






Local Notoriety

This young couple works their best to span the decades of Southern and Classic Rock, hair band, country, and pop grunge from the 60s to present days.







$Free - Please tip bands and bartenders generously!



Tuesday December 17th - Old Time Stringband Jam

If you appreciate traditional music you should stop by The Kraken on String Band Tuesdays! An established group of Old Time String Band players gathers on the first and third Tuesdays of the month - you know, the odd ones. It's a truly unique roadhouse experience!


The music starts promptly at 7pm and usually ends at 10pm, although a small circle of folks occasionally play later since it's impossible to stop a good thing once it's gained momentum!


Come on out even if you can't play an instrument! Join in with people who are here to simply witness the continuation of an historical tradition. If you do play traditional music, please join in with these entertaining and kind musicians who always seem willing to share their knowledge and passion. It's a great evening for all with fun conversation, travelling stories, world insights, and the occasional humorous jokes... not to mention top-shelf gin and local draught beer on special to help tune your instruments.


Since 2015, we've hosted a solid crew local musicians, folks just stopping in, and friends who travel across the world to participate in these special events. Typically, 15-30 folks join together and graciously welcome new participants. We're always impressed at how many people rotate through the group from all over the country, sometimes just back from touring across the world reviving and celebrating the music's long lost roots.


In addition to guitars, banjos, fiddles, and the like, there are also folks who bring their stand-up basses, sticks, spoons, harmonicas, accordions, and occasionally more unusual contributions, not to mention the regular clogging sessions that add percussion in the background or even in the center of the circle.



7pm-10 or 11pm-ish

$Free... no cover (as usual) to enjoy or join in with good neighbors and musicians



Friday January 20th - Pete Pawsey & Radar's Clowns of Sedation with many special guests


Saturday January 21st - LUD / PIPE / Some Antics


Friday January 27th - Butter with The Fat Catz and Nate Posey & The Hand


Saturday January 28th - The Whiskey Honeys


The Kraken online links and news!

There are a few other North American Krakens: a bar in California and one in Washington, a food truck in British Columbia, and a "gastropub" in South Carolina.  I think it's safe to say that we our venue is the most storied of them all.  We do look forward to visiting each of them and rubbing tentacles.

Come on out for good times!


Kraken Late Summer Update!



* This Summer has been he season of lights!  Take care to stop at our fancy new stoplight that NCDOT activated on August 10th.  Take a good look at our marquee if you happened to be stopped at the new light, or just stop in for a hot minute and see what's going on.


* As always, we've got a solid lineup of spectacular bands every Friday and Saturday and a few other special nights.  Stay tuned!


* The Food Truck situation is beginning to settle into place...  At this point, Al's Burger Truck is scheduled to show up on the first Friday of every month, and The Taco El Nino Food Truck is scheduled to show up on the last Saturday of every month.  We're talking to other food truck folks for other evenings and as always Fiesta Grill is just around the corner and we have menus so you can order take out.


* Thanks to all of you for suggestions regarding our liquor and beer menu!  The newest spirits are Johnny Walker Red, Big Boss Bad Penny Porter, and a recently Tanqueray, Bullet Rye, Glen Livet 12 year, Sauza Silver and Don Julio.  We've also introduced local bottled beers from Big Boss and Nantahala Brewery:  Hell's Belle Belgian style ale and Angry Angel Kolsch style ale from Raleigh, and Noon Day IPA and Dirty Girl Blonde from Bryson City.  We're also introducing selections on tap from Yesteryears Brewery in Carrboro in addition to our Mystery Brewing and Haw River Farmhouse choice beers.  We plan to keep rotating good local beers on tap.


* In addition to "The Office" and our wonderful large front porch, we now have another outdoor venue we call "The Annex"


* Our sweet dart board is inspiring some good games recently. Ask your bartender to turn on the stage lights when you request one or both sets of quality darts we keep behind the bar.  Scoreboard coming soon.


* As always our pool table is free and we're finally about to recover the felt, rails and pocket and get new house cues!  We will welcome any donations and good competition.  Please let everyone know that it is not acceptable to place their drinks on the pool table.  We're going to have to post a sign about that, but word of mouth works best.  Preesh.




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 page:  http://www.facebook.com/KrakenBarChapelHill This is the best place to keep up with day to day announcements.


Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/TheKrakenBar or @TheKrakenBar  We not big tweeters, but we try!


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 during warm weather, the coziest inside during cold and wet weather and free music every weekend!  Don't forget the free pool and darts and the new events coming up!

There's never a dull moment at The Kraken.  Stop by and see for yourself.