For the past five years, Ron Barker and Cara Borkes have made Carabar one of the city's best, most unique live music locales by booking great shows, never charging a cover and establishing a feisty but mostly friendly community of concertgoers, none more colorful than Barker himself.

For the past five years, Ron Barker and Cara Borkes have made Carabar one of the city's best, most unique live music locales by booking great shows, never charging a cover and establishing a feisty but mostly friendly community of concertgoers, none more colorful than Barker himself.

And they've done it all through word of mouth, without an official website or paid advertising.

They'll celebrate the bar's fifth anniversary Friday with help from a diverse set of bar favorites including This Moment in Black History, Sun God, Blueprint, Shin Tower Music and MF Gnar.