Komasket dances in 2012

Komasket Music Festival Society brings in Five Alarm Funk and Adham Shaikh for New Year's Eve Dance Party at the Vernon Rec Centre.

With two weeks until Santa comes down the chimney, some folks are looking ahead to the new year, and more specifically to New Year’s Eve.

One group that is planning to ring in 2012 in full-on celebratory style is the Komasket Music Festival Society, which also produces Vernon’s largest international music festival in the summer.

This year, the Komasket society has booked the Vernon Recreation Centre auditorium for its second annual New Year’s Eve Dance Party, and they are bringing in two renowned artists to celebrate.

On the stage will be Vancouver’s 12-piece funk party orchestra Five Alarm Funk, and Nelson’s global beats ambassador DJ Adham Shaikh.

Also joining the lineup of entertainment is Vernon’s own funk rock jam band, Sound-Splash!

“The Rec Centre auditorium is a huge venue, a giant circle that can hold 700-plus  people. Artistic decor and lighting will help transform the space,” said Komasket artistic director Devaki Thomas.

Other artists are expected to perform, and the event will also feature art and food vendors, a silent auction, Komasket atmosphere and a champagne and refreshment bar, said Thomas.

For those over the limit, Operation Red Nose will offer safe drives home to all patrons, she added.

Advance tickets for Komasket’s New Year’s Eve Dance Party are $35 and $40 afterwards, available at the Ticket Seller in the Vernon Performing Arts Centre (549-7469, www.ticketseller.ca) or at the Bean Scene coffee shop in Vernon. Children 12 and under accompanied with an adult will be admitted free.