Aussie band Oka will be at Paddlewheel Park Hall in Vernon July 18.

Aussie band Oka will be at Paddlewheel Park Hall in Vernon July 18.

Crowd favourite makes its way to Vernon

Komasket Music Festival Society welcomes Oka to Paddlewheel Park Hall

The Komasket Music Festival Society is bringing Australia’s world groove masters, Oka, for one night of dancing July 18.

“While the KMF is not happening in 2012, the energy and feel of the festival can be captured in the packed dance hall, folks hungry to dance to the upbeat vibes of Oka,” said Devaki Thomas, artistic director.

“Oka first played the KMF in 2010 and have since become synonymous with the identity of Komasket, combining aboriginal roots, world dance music and a wholesome vibe that is infectious.”

Back home in Australia, Oka makes quite an impact with hundreds of sold-out concerts and  through the many projects they are involved in for aboriginal rights.

Oka has also made an impact on the Canadian music scene over the last few years.

The band has headlined at festivals across the country like the Vancouver Folk Fest, Evolve,  Shambhala and the Robson Valley Music Fest.

For this tour they are playing Canada Day in Ottawa, and festivals in Regina, Vancouver Island, Toronto, Halifax and Vancouver.

The Vernon show is a fundraiser to help with the continuance of the KMF in 2013.

Vendors, fire dancing, a silent auction and special guests will also be featured at the all-ages event.

Doors open at 8 p.m. at Paddlewheel Park Hall. Tickets are $25 in advance at Ticketseller, and the Bean Scene. Kids 12 and under are free