-- Upcoming Shows and Events
Friday March 27th - Too Much Fun with Triple Fret

The Kraken doesn't have a house band, but we have a large collective group of musicians who can each claim to be a "house musician" and every one of the guys in Too Much Fun totally qualify.  We trust our superstar locals to set up their bills for any given evening, which always work out for great gigs.  In typical, humble style, the guys said that Triple Fret will make everyone else work their asses off.  No disrespect to our headline act, but that's about right.


Too Much Fun

What began as a group of guys getting together to share some music and beers and fun has turned into more than twenty five years of sharing music and beers, and way Too Much Fun!  They've played clubs and festivals and dances across the state and you cannot resist moving.

They can jump, they can swing, they can flat out rock. They play the blues, they play from the roots, they are tight, they are loose.  One minute it's a tasty four part harmony, the next it's a barrelhouse rocker. They play a mix of originals and cover songs with one of the most solid rhythm sections around.

Lance White on guitar and vocals; Berkeley Grimball on sax, guitar, and vocals; Bobby Schopler on harp and vocals; Rob McIntire on bass and vocals; and Larry Duckworth on drums.





Triple Fret

Mike Babyak's Triple Fret is an electric ensemble from Durham, North Carolina featuring Mike Babyak on lap steel and electric guitars, along with a rotating lineup of great instrumentalists, including E. Scott Warren on bass and Mike Rosado on percussion. Also look for special guests like Scott Sawyer, Will McFarlane, Steve Kimock, Danny Gotham, Leo Kishore, or Hank Smith.

Triple Fret's repertoire includes original material that stretches over a wide range of genres, including Afropop, Latin, jazz, blues, and rock. We also cover the occasional more familiar rock material, including pieces by Zappa, Hendrix, The Allman Brothers, and many more. Lap steel guitar is a central feature of the act, and live performances emphasize improvisation.

Triple Fret has been performing in the Triangle area for over ten years, appearing regularly at local clubs and regional festivals, and providing support for national touring acts. Venues have included Cat's Cradle, The Lincoln Theater, The Pour House Music Hall, The Broad Street Cafe, The Tavern, and many more.

Mike Babyak began playing guitar in his early teens while growing up in the Allentown, Pa area. In the mid-70s, Mike enjoyed success with his first serious project, Gateway, a 5-piece band that covered bands such as Steely Dan and Yes.

He went on to study classical guitar at Muhlenberg College, winning several local performance competitions. He spent the next 11 years performing as a classical soloist and guest artist with small chamber and early music ensembles.

In the mid-90s, his interests turned back again to the electric guitar. Also at this time he began to study the lap steel more seriously.

Early in 2001, he founded the Triple Fret project, an improvisational blues, jazz, and world act with a rotating cast of musicians.

Mike cites his long time teacher and friend, Steve Kimock, as his most important and enduring musical influence. He also has studied with Durham jazz guitarist, Scott Sawyer. His influences are wide-ranging and include V.M. Bhatt, David Lindley, R. Prasanna, Diblo Dibala, and Ry Cooder.







$free, Please tip your bands and bartenders


Saturday March 28th - Sibannac with 49 Short

Get ready for a special "jump out of the window" punk night at The Kraken!



Chapel Hill Crack Rock-Steady stylin' that is belligerently sexy. "It's like you're pouring toxic sludge on my lawn" - The Neighbors.

Devin Raymond, guitarist, met drummer Bryon Plotts over six years ago and have been playing together since. A few years ago, bassist Graham Collins joined and in 2011 the band dissipated, seeking education and enlightenment to obliterate greed.

The SiBA crew is back and fighting against Dick Cheney's dead with an even fiercer rock-steady... Prepare to rock out with their full-force assault.  Happily presented in a punk/ska format for your listening pleasure.





49 Short

These Garner and Raleigh guys don't give a sh!@t about bios but we have to come up with something...

Here are the facts - these guys mix up some melody with a touch of ska and a lot of hardcore punk.







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Friday April 3rd - The Del Ward Band with Neil Cribbs

We're pleased to feature a fine mashup of soul and folk musicianship this evening.


The Del Ward Band

Del Ward is a young man from Hillsborough who writes and plays songs like a soul-musician who grew up in Nirvana soaked Seattle.  He has played with a number of local musicians here at The Kraken, initially with the band "Not Dead Yet."

In the summer of 2013, his doctor-ordered voice rest sparked an explosion of new songwriting.  By Fall Del was ready to be performing again, and this time with a wealth of his own material.  He asked Thomas Teapole and David Shore to help him start a band to do this.

Thomas has played guitar with Del since they met in high school.  David and Del played together in the same band for the two years prior.  David introduced Art, his friend from Pittsburg, to the band shortly after rehearsals began.  The Del Ward Band is, among other things, an inter-generational band.  Art and David are both seasoned musicians.  They've played in a number of local bands, as well as with some of this country's best musicians.  Del and Thomas bring a blast of youthful energy and rebellion that comes from playing guitars together in the stairwell at school for hours on end, when they probably should have been finishing up the history paper that was due last week.

The band performs all original material.  Del writes most of the new material, though arrangements and orchestration are a collaborative effort.  "Sometimes, when the band gets done with it, I can barely recognize my song, but it's always better."






Neil Cribbs

Neil Cribbs is a blues and soul-soaked Americana musician based out of Atlanta, but now residing in Raleigh.  Drawing influences from Cat Stevens, the Beatles, Uncle Tupelo, Taj Mahal, Joni Mitchell, Richard Buckner, and many other artists Neil’s road is paved with anything that grooves. 

With over 170 solo shows under his belt in 2012, he has continued to tour around the United States, collecting tales, music, and fans along the way. His first studio album "Marionette" gained fans of pure, raw Americana while his sophomore release “Windshield” provides listeners with a high-energy mash up of his genre-less writing style. In late 2011 Neil formed Neil Cribbs and the Rough Gentlemen and began pushing his sound. In 2012 Neil finished his third album “To the Left” with Producer Simon Illa and Engineer Sam Thomas further pushing the limits of his style.





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Saturday April 4th - Mystery Hillbillies with The High Bushy Tails

Y'all get ready to dance now!


Mystery Hillbillies

The Mystery Hillbillies are a a new/old-timey rockin' band based in the western piedmont of North Carolina. 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.





The High Bushy Tails

The High Bushy Tails are an Alternative Country/Americana band known for their walls of soaring and soulful harmony. They pride themselves on careful song selection and songwriting to facilitate a delightful, immersive, and at times even cathartic experience for audiences.  They are a popular young band that draw good folks of all ages.

The band is comprised of Nora Augustine on vocals, Lisa Brownstone on vocals and violin, Brian Evans on vocals and guitar, Zach White on vocals and guitar, and Jim Kuras on bass guitar. The quintet performs regularly at The Kraken and around the Triangle area.





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