Friday December 2nd - Tornado Blues Band with KP Buckley
We're all in a tizzy about The Kraken December lineup and it starts this Friday with the inspiring blues-rock of The Tornado Blues Band and Keith KP Buckley. We're dancing down low and bringing it up with spirit and soul!
The Tornado Blues Band
The Tornado Blues Band is a collective of Triangle area musicians who came together in 2011 to benefit the community in the wake of local tornado casualties. Their passion and cause could not be denied and they've kept doing good work by performing since. These fellows come highly recommended by stalwart community musicians and Blue Note regulars. Their performances justify their reputation.
Tommy Hartley and Jason Barker played guitar and harmonized together for many years before adding Joel Sugarman's rolling bass and Bakru Hunsel's solid percussion.
Tommy Hartley may be best known for his band Clapton tribute band, Slowhand. He's a native of Lenoir, North Carolina and has lent an expert guitar hand to many bands throughout the years, locally and in Nashville and on many recordings. He's supported Nancy Middleton's on two CDs, along with Sutter's Gold Streak, Badge, The Silverliners, Rocking Horse, Out'n the Cold, The Five Star Band, Sherman and the Blazers, The Sheetrockers, The What IV?, Ron Davis Band, Blue Coyote and others. He has shared the stage with such rock luminaries as Greg Allman and Ann Wilson.
Jason Barker earned his degree at UNC Chapel Hill where he was a member of just about every band on and off-campus. After taking a few years off from music, he came back with a vengeance to help found Lakeside Drive in 2010. Jason is a talented arranger and amazing sax player with a big sound who takes the microphone for lead vocals every now and then.
Joel Sugaman has worked his bass guitar for years on the Eastern seaboard. He's got a couple decades in RDU recently, but also played with such luminaries as Randall Bramblett (Sea Level, Gregg Allman, Steve Winwood), Steve Davidowski (Dixie Dregs), guitar legend Cool John Ferguson and ex-Bonnie Raitt/Muscle Shoals guitarist Will McFarlane, to name a few. Besides from the Tornado Blues Band, he also performs with Jo Gor & the Alternative and occasional gigs with young bluesman Drew Questell and also with the Hot Damn Blues Band, not to mention Will McFarlane when he plays in the Raleigh-Durham area.
Bakru Hunsel answered the call of the drum early in life, banging on pots and pans in his mother’s kitchen in Paramaribo, Suriname. Since moving to Raleigh in 1999, he has had the privilege to play with and learn from North Carolina artists Freddy “Sreetgenie” Greene and Yara Allen, Durham’s jazz legend Brother Yusuf Salim, Freeman “Doc” Ledbetter, Rosa Russ, Raleigh’s ELM Collective, Jim Crew and Bryan McCune.
The real Keith Buckley returns to open up the evening with his tight solo set. You'll recall him from great performances with The Tripp Road Trio, and such local luminaries as Lance White and Stan Lewis.
$Free - Please tip bands and bartenders generously!
Saturday December 3rd - Hardworker with The Pinkerton Raid
This Saturday we welcome Hardworker back to The Kraken. This Durham quintet blows away anything you can hear on back porches and new Americana radio sets these days and they've invited The Pinkerton Raid to fully put you under a most enchanting spell. Expect an uplifting and extremely thoughtful evening.
Singer-songwriter Sus Long left Oakland, CA to move to Durham in 2013, and she met bass and banjo player Michael Conner and they kept talking because they liked the same books. The two started meeting up to play Ramones covers and bluegrass standards, eventually forming a songwriting partnership that draws on folk and jazz, country and blues, blending the best of two very different musical tastes. The friends kept making friends with musical friends and this folk-rock band has grown to include guitarist Danny Nowell, singer Alex Treyz, and drummer Dave Berka.
Hardworker's first EP, The Awful Rowing, is a collection of five songs written by Long and recorded with Conner and Treyz in Greensboro at the studio of David Wimbish (The Collection). The song "Darkroom Lullaby" received an honorable mention in American Songwriter's May/June 2015 issue.
"These days, when stately pop meets bustling folk, it often resembles the canned effort of another Mumford wannabe. Kudos to Durham's Hardworker for spinning thoughtful, spacious arrangements around the rich warble of Sus Long, allowing the songwriter's evocative verses to blossom." - Jordan Lawrence - IndyWeek (http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/hardworker-lyndon-baynes-johnson-back-room/Event?oid=4987706)
"The Awful Rowing is joining a long tradition of meditating on the beyond through song, but not in a dusty way. In a way that invites both toe-tapping and contemplation, without irony, without hesitation, and without feeling alone." - Zoe Balaconis - Misadventures Magazine (http://misadventuresmag.com/trail-mix-the-awful-rowing/)
The Pinkerton Raid
The Pinkerton Raid thrives on excellent collaboration and rivalry. Distant siblings joined together in Durham to form a band that provides original music that is most compelling and versatile. You will hear folk and traditional influences from their friendly dirges to their thoughtful alternative pop heights. They have an enchanting quality that reminds us of our favorite alternative New Zealand bands and even European/African stars at times. This band crosses the planet with ease.
Time was, The Pinkerton Raid's Jesse James DeConto would spend his days writing about murder and mayhem as a newspaper reporter. Almost every day, he'd drive from his former home in Carrboro to the Orange County Courthouse in Hillsborough, N.C.
What started with intimate, personal storytelling became a communal experience with instrumentation evolving over the next seven years, as Jesse handed off songs like "Tolerance Ends," "Hollywood," and "Deeper Than Skin" for his sister Katie to take lead vocals.
The siblings built many of the arrangements around their brother Steven's acoustic guitar, layering Eric Johnson and Michael DePue's electric guitars with the expansive drumming of Steve Anderson (Kamara Thomas & The Night Drivers) and the twee textures of Chimeatron, ukulele and brass. Wilson Greene (Look Homeward, Mipso) added guitars and banjo.
They've recorded with our friends Mark Simonsen (The Old Ceremony, Dead Tongues) and Thom Canova at Mitch Easter's Fidelitorium and at Studio M and are well worth a listen and a look-see.
$Free - Please tip bands and bartenders generously!
Tuesday December 6th - 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 December 9th - Orange County All-Stars with The Milagro Saints
Oh yeah! We're celebrating the holidays at The Kraken with the return of local hot-shots, The Orange County All-Stars with who knows how many special guests, along with the wonderful opening act, The Milagro Saints. We can't say enough about these bands, so just show up and dance and help us fill in the superlatives later.
Orange County All Stars
OCAS is a group of musicians who play in many different popular local bands... they're all friends from the OC who 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 Milagro Saints
Lead singer and songwriter Mr. S.D. Ineson describes the Milagro Saints as "mythological americana" that spans such genres as Dylanesque surrealistic blues, slack alt-country, straight up folk rawk, and old timey ballads that combine musically with lyrics inspired by the mythological atmospheres and locations of american roots music. Think of Tupelo, the birthplace of Elvis and John Lee Hookers flood apocalypse song, battered by Tornados, and the ever-flowing Mississippi which runs through the history of rock n'roll, deep country, folky wierdness, long gone american radio, and blind love blues.
The Lee and SD originally moved from NYC to Raleigh to sign with Raleigh indy label MoodFood who had discovered and released the debut of alt-country originators Whiskeytown of Ryan Adams fame. Englishman SD Ineson had originally moved to the US as a member of The Jack Rubies to sign with NYC label TVT Records He toured the the States from top to bottom and far and wide to collect these flavors and moods of "mythological americana" as described by him in a new song collection, "Cajun Moons... Desert Mystery nights..., the painted desert and The Great Divide”
Backing up Ineson's vocals and acoustic guitar is a solid crew of multi-instrumentalists: JICK wins-LOW, the album producer, plays drums, mandolin, fiddle and trombone; Leon Kirby on piano, hammond organ, harmonica, melodica and accordian; Steve Samosky on glissando bass guitar and standup bass; and the exotic Roberto Morales on mandolin and his Fender electric Guitar..
Visit their website to read about and listen to songs from their various albums, including their latest, "Tupelo".
$Free - Please tip bands and bartenders generously!
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.