Hamilton's Ephraim Sykes and Sasha Hutchings as well as motivational speaker Shaun Derik will host Off The Kuff: WAKE, a New Year’s Eve party December 31 at the Harlem Caribbean restaurant and lounge Solomon & Kuff (2331 12th Avenue).
The event, which begins at 9 PM, will include performances by Nick Christopher (Hamilton), Tamika Sonja Lawrence (If/Then), Chester Gregory (Motown, Sister Act), Saycon Sengbloh (Eclipsed, Motown), Eric Lajuan Summers (Kinky Boots, Motown), Crystal Joy (Motown), and Martina Sykes (Motown). Partygoers will be able to dance to the work of DJ Duggz, aka Preston Dugger (Motown, Memphis), who will spin the hottest records to ring in 2017.
This year's party will also celebrate “a call to community and action with a countdown address by founder of Abernathy Magazine, Harlem’s Willie Jackson,” according to a press release. There will be a collaborative art installation piece in conjunction with Long Gallery Harlem, as well as an invitation to a social media campaign encouraging active citizenship and participation. The full night includes a champagne toast, open bar specials, and a newly curated set by DJ Duggz.
Last year the 5,000-square foot establishment was filled with more than 300 dancing guests ringing in the New Year.
General admission tickets begin at $50 and can be purchased from EventBrite.com.