-- Upcoming Shows and Events
Friday August 26th - Henbrain with Nice Couch

The Kraken presents rock and roll for dreamers this fine Friday night...  Henbrain returns to The Kraken and takes the top bill slaying with musical talent, not to mention serious video backing for a show that will expand your mind. Maybe think of them as Siouxsie vs. Janis. Virginia's Nice Couch opens up the night at 9pm with what they call "Slay Rock."  Whatever you call it, you will find subtle and not so subtle totally rockin' grooves this evening.  Definitely worth a look-see-listen if you have a taste for original rock and roll compositions honoring music you love to the bone.




Henbrain rocks the Kraken again tonight!  They are a five piece, bass-on-bass, psychedelic prog-rock band from Carrboro, NC formed in 2012 by Michelle Sontheimer on bass, Zack Hargett on bass, Erika Libero on vocals, Evan Ashworth on keys, and Keith Cannon on drums. Henbrain released their first full length album, Heavy Pieces of the Sky, in 2013. They are currently touring supporting their 7-inch vinyl record, Hang Glider/333 A.D., recorded with Mitch Easter at The Fidelitorium and released in November of 2014.

Sontheimer developed her style of playing by transposing all of her favorite guitar riffs to bass and embracing the low tone.  In her own unique style she realized that the songs she had written would require a second bass and envisioned a band where two basses could weave together in harmony.  The resulting Henbrain is a heavy, grumbling rock explosion that explores deep tones and relentless rythmic chugs never achieved by typical guitar bands.  The brutal low end is complimented by Libero's bright soaring vocals that fall somewhere between Grace Slick of Jefferon Airplane and Karen O. of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs bringing a powerful and unforgiving femininity to the growl of the basses. Ashworth's keys range from gritty rock organ that races alongside the dual basslines to spacey soundscapes that bring the music to a psychedelic and other-worldly level.  Henbrain's influences include Yes, Tool, Iron Maiden, and Beethoven, but as music lovers they dream to take their music in all directions finding inspiration everywhere and refusing any limitations to their creativity.

"Sounds like YES in 1969 with Grace Slick on vocals" - Mitch Easter, Fidelitorium Recordings







Nice Couch

Nice Couch is a hard-working regionally touring rock band based out of the mountains of Southwest Virginia, just a bit North of Floyd and Mount Airy. Their music has been described from Psychedelic-Funk to Progressive Rock and takes on a subtle influence from the traditional mountain music that surrounds their home town.

Their stated inspiration comes from Classic Rock and 90s Alternative, maybe even a bit of Thrash-Metal and Punk, but IMHO you could add some funk and jam into the mix. Throw in some classic heavy Beatles and Hendrix and there you go. Essentially, they make their own music and we're happy to have them perform on our stage for the first time.

They've recently released a self titled EP and they are working on finishing their first full-length studio album.





http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZYl9Iqre_0 (more on YouTube)






$free, Please tip your bands and bartenders



Saturday August 27th - Jeff Hart and the Ghosts of the Old North State with Whiskey Christy and the Half Pint Orchestra and Jeff Wall

Tonight is yet another mind-blowing evening of amazing music at The Kraken roadhouse that could...  We start the evening with the most amazing Whisky Christy and The Half Pint Orchestra at 8pm, with a special guest appearance by Jeff Wall who has agreed to take the role of Arther Dent with his amazing towel in advance of another local favorite band, Jeff Hart and the Ghosts of the Old North State.  Please join us for an evening of longing and an evening of celebration.  You will be amazed.  Also, the Taco El Nino Food Truck will be on hand all through the evening to provide fine fare for all of us.



Jefferson Hart and the Ghosts of the Old North State

"Jeff Hart has been on the Triangle scene since the late '80s, consistently plying tuneful, often folk-inflected rock with a bit of bluster.  His early band, the Hanks, backed Arrogance's Robert Kirkland. Later, Hart played with Chris Stamey in the '90s, and those two connections are reflective of his own musical tastes. His lithe, laid-back baritone recalls Rhett Miller, while sharing a similar appreciation of Big Star's power-pop and bar-band swagger." -Chris Parker, Independent Weekly

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. Jeff plays guitar with Symen Blumenfeld on bass, Brian Yamamoto on guitar and John Flowers on drums.

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


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









Whisky Christy and The Half Pint Orchestra

The Greensboro scene is pretty awesome these days, in part due to the amazing Whisky Christy and The Half Pint Orchestra.

The vocal stylings of Whisky Christy have been highly influenced by her background in classical music, but her heart has led her to the blues ~ and she certainly sings from the heart! As proud as she is to be the bandleader, she knows she is only one piece of this enchanting ensemble. Pajama Don plays one beautiful looking Upright Bass, sings, and writes remarkable songs that can make you long for love or snow days or both. Jim also sings, has a fantastic ear for harmonies, and shares original songs he has written with the group.  He plays folk and blues guitar in a way that adds to the old timey feel that creates the signature Half Pint Orchestra sound.  In fact, Don and Jim have been playing music together for more years than The Half Pint Orchestra has existed and they charm the high heaven out of Whisky Christy when they call her boss.  She happily works hard to honor The Half Pint Orchestra and the work they do as an ensemble.  It is a pleasure to be in the presence of these craftsmen when they work their magic on the stage.


Whisky Christy - Bandleader, Lead Vocals, Songwriter

Pajama Don - Upright Bass, Vocals, Songwriter

Jim Suiter - Guitar, Vocals, Songwriter

Songs also writen by Mystkdog and Half Pint himself!






Jeff Wall

Jeff describes himself as a big dumb hick and he tries to extend that legacy, but he's a sharp fella who can sing a story and draw you right in. He looks big at 6’7” and 300lb, and he proudly claims to look dumb with a stupid vacant look on his face.  He wants us to believe he doesn't know what he's doing and that he never rose beyond everything his parents tried to suppress, but don't you believe it for a minute.

Jeff curses like a sailor, because he was a sailor. He has traveled the world with a guitar in his hands. His great grandfather was a fiddler and banjo player and an official town drunk. The apple didn’t fall too far from that tree. Perhaps he’s a bear with a sore tooth and a bad attitude, or perhaps he’s a big teddy bear just looking for a hug. Good luck figuring out which is which. Jeff Wall is a study in contradictions and if nothing else you expect to be entertained.








$Free, Please tip your bands and bartenders!



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.