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Two popular acts return for another night

Freestyle music group TKA.

Freestyle music group TKA. Credit: Ian J. Stark

Fans of freestyle and classic dance will get one more chance to catch a couple of popular acts live as they make appearances to end the old year and ring in the new.

Although the group TKA hasn’t offered much in the way of new hit music since the late 1990s, the trio’s popularity has held strong – evident in seeing the subsequent large crowds that came out the three previous times Louis "Kayel" Sharpe (the lead and “K” in TKA) and his cohorts took a Long Island stage in 2011 (May 13 at Sugar Dining Den and Social Club in Carle Place, July 22 and Nov. 23 at Four Food Studio in Melville). On Dec. 31, the legends of freestyle and hip-hop-style pop return to Sugar, performing TKA hits (such as “Maria” and “Louder Than Love”) – plus tunes from Sharpe’s other band K7 and The Swing Kids (like “Move It Like This” and “Come Baby Come”).

Tickets are $120 with dinner, $80 without (both include an all-night top-shelf open bar); doors open at 8 p.m. Dress is neat but casual (no sneakers, no T-shirts); also featuring club beats from DJ Choppa. Call 516-248-7600 for more info or head online to, or

Meanwhile, finding singer Kim Sozzi on Long Island this past year wasn’t impossible, as she made three appearances (March 21, at the Long Island Hospitality Ball held at Carlyle On The Green in Farmingdale; May 19 at Four Food Studio; Aug. 20 at the Beatstock 2011 concert held at the Brookhaven Amphitheater in Farmingville. Not surprising, since she was born and raised in Dix Hills. Nevertheless, for those who haven’t caught her performing her dance hits during the past 12 months ("Feelin' Me," "How Did You Know”) can find year New Year’s Eve at Zacharys in East Meadow starting at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door, and score guests a dinner buffet (until 10 p.m.) a top-shelf open bar (until midnight), party favors, a Champagne toast and late-night breakfast buffet. Dress to impress; also featuring resident DJ Rio playing classics and dance. For more info call 516-794-9770, check online at the Zacharys website ( or on Facebook (

TKA performing at Four Food Studio in Melville. (Nov. 23, 2011)