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TKA performs at Sugar in Carle Place

11. The mature scene The lighting is dark

11. The mature scene

The lighting is dark but the mood is bright at Sugar, "a dining den and social club" that opened in 2010 in Carle Place. In 2011, it remained a premiere place to go on the Island -- but it caters to a 30 year-old-and-over crowd first. With the success of Sugar, as well as Four Food Studio in Melville and Honu in Huntington -- all top destinations that feature a "mature" scene -- the days of club nights being dominated by 20-somethings are no more.

Visit Sugar Photo Credit: David Pokress, 2010

The journey of Louis "Kayel" Sharpe has been a long one, and if you grew up a freestyle music fanatic on Long Island, chances are it's a tale you've followed.

Back in the late '80s, Kayel was known to many as the "K" of TKA  -- the legendary group whose Latin-tinged dance beats pumped out of car stereos and nightclub speakers until the mid-'90s.

The act broke up by 1992, but Sharpe again attached his K to a project, forming the more hip-hop-oriented crew K7 and went on to drop one of the (arguably) biggest club singles of the decade, "Come Baby Come."

But Kayel and his former TKA mates made a comeback in the early 2000s, and although they may not have topped the charts -- and have seen more changes to the line-up -- Kayel has remained a popular party performer, drawing a crowd regardless of the cast he has along with him for a show.

If you'd like to hear some of those classic TKA songs ("Maria," "Louder Than Love," "Give Your Love to Me") live, along with some K7 tracks, you can catch them all in a high-energy set at Sugar in Carle Place after 9 p.m. Friday, May 13, to help celebrate the restaurant and nightspot's first anniversary.

Sharpe has always maintained an excellent stage show, and combined with the beats of his singles, so familiar to freestyle fans, any night featuring a TKA- K7 incarnation has usually been a massive draw (meaning there's a strong possibility of a packed house, so if you are heading down, an early arrival is a good idea).

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