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Pop and dance shows set for Thanksgiving Eve

Patrons take to the dance floor on the

Patrons take to the dance floor on the opening night at Silk in Hauppauge. (Feb. 27, 2010) Credit: Timothy Fadek

The night before Thanksgiving: always a big night for club-hopping and parties – but unfortunately, a lot of venues know that the night is virtually a lock for big crowds, so they just ratchet up the admission charge without adding much more than what one might find on any given Wednesday.

Then again, some spots are putting together some special events that involve famous names and performers to entertain pre-Thanksgiving Day patrons; here are some choice cuts to consider before slicing up the turkey on Thursday:

TKA at Four Food Studio: 515 Broadhollow Rd. Melville, NY 631-577-4444,

Back for another appearance, TKA – arguably the most-famous of all freestyle groups – was last here at this Melville restaurant and lounge earlier this year (on July 22), but that doesn’t diminish their drawing power. Featuring monster hits like “Maria” and “Louder Than Love,” the “K” in TKA – Louis “Kayel” Sharpe – is also the “K” in K7, his other major project, meaning that guests can usually count on seeing performances of “Come Baby Come” and the other popular hip-hop powered hits Kayel had under that latter letter-number moniker as well. Event takes place after 10 p.m. for an astonishing-for-Thanksgiving Eve no charge for admission.

Jessica Sutta at Silk : 573 Nesconset Hwy. Hauppauge, 631-979-0400,

At one time, Jessica Sutta was part of the dance-pop group Pussycat Dolls, singing and performing on the strength of the act’s major hits “Don’t Cha,” “Stickwitu” and “Buttons,” all finding chart success in 2005-2006. However, she has since gone solo, and has (via club dates, modeling, acting, YouTube, the Internet and the paparazzi) managed to maintain a presence on the scene. Her recent song “Show Me” has been making some waves, and sometime after 9 p.m. she’ll be taking the stage for an 18-and-over crowd. Tickets are $15 for all if purchased in advance before Sunday, Nov. 20, then $20 for 21-and-over guests, $25 18-20 after. Could be even more at the door.

C+C Music Factory at Zachary’s: 1916 Hempstead Tpke. East Meadow, 516-794-9770,  

The ultrasuccessful dance act known as C+C Music Factory was at one point a worldwide phenomenon, playing around the world and featuring several hit videos on MTV; some of the band’s recognizable hits (circa 1990-1991) include "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now), "Here We Go (Let's Rock & Roll)" and "Things That Make You Go Hmmm..." However, since the 1995 passing of producer David Cole, the act ,as it was, stopped performing. But the original MC, Freedom Williams has continued to entertain, and starting at 9 p.m., he will handle some of those former chart-topping tracks as part of a night also featuring Zachary’s resident DJ Rio for $10 at the door.

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