I have to stay home with the baby, but for God’s sake, someone please go to the Snow God’s Ball in Squaw Valley and sacrifice something precious for me.

Hosted by Squaw Valley Ski Patrol, the 17th Annual Snow Gods Ball starts at 8 in the Plaza Bar on Saturday, December 20. Raffle prizes include Squaw Valley USA Midweek Season Pass, lift tickets, ski and snowboard gear, and more.

Snow Gods Ball headlining act, Monophonics, bring a unique blend of old school soul/funk and rare groove. Since coming together in 2005, they have quickly evolved into one of the hottest live instrumental funkbands in the Bay Area. Recognized for their retro sound, style, and approach (primarily inspired by late ’60s and early ’70s artists like The Meters, The J.B.’s,The and Crusaders), these young heavy-hitters aim to spread live, instrumental dance music as well as represent and continue the tradition of California/Bay Area soul, jazz and funk. They have just finished recording their second album featuring vocalist Marcus Scott and special guest Karl Denson which is scheduled to be released in 2009. www.monophonics.com

Tickets to the Snow Gods Ball are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling Squaw Valley Ski Patrol at 530-581-7260. More information about this year’s celebration is also available by calling 530-581-7260.