The Long Island Music & Hall of Fame is hosting the grand opening of its first physical facility at 97 Main Street in Stony Brook Village on Friday.
Already inducting into the Hall of Fame is a diverse mix of entertainers and venues from Billy Joel, LL Cool J, Pat Benatar, Perry Como, Stanley Drucker, Run DMC, Westbury Music Fair, My Father’s Place and the list goes on.
“We are thrilled that our organization has found a permanent home in such a wonderful place,” said Ernie Canadeo, the organization’s chair, in a statement at the opening.
The Hall of Fame is located near other Long Island cultural centers such as the Long Island Museum, the Jazz Loft and the Reboli Center.
“We are excited to showcase our world-class displays and unique collection of memorabilia that showcase Long Island’s rich and diverse music and entertainment history in new and exciting ways,” said Canadeo. “We offer diverse and exciting exhibitions, displays, videos and educational opportunities that make the center a dynamic place that people visit regularly.”
Established in 2004, the Long Island Music Hall of Fame is “dedicated to the idea that Long Island’s musical heritage is an important resource to celebrate and preserve for future generations,” according to the organization. The organization spans the counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Queens and Kings (Brooklyn) and aims to inspire and explore Long Island music in all its forms. More than 100 musicians and music industry executives have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, which also offers educational programs, scholarships and awards to Long Island students and educators.
The Hall of Fame and Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission prices are: adults $19.50, seniors (over 65) and veterans $17, students with ID $15.00. Children under 12 are free. Tickets can be purchased online at the LIMEHOF.org website and at the box office.
The first exhibition, created by designer Kevin O’Callaghan, is entitled ‘Long Island’s Legendary Club Scene – 1960s to 1980s’ and is intended as a ‘club crawl’ through the region’s club scene at the time. It offers visitors a chance to learn about or relive the excitement of that era. The exhibition features recreations of clubs with videos of performing artists, advertisements, posters, instruments and an exact replica of a typical 1960’s stage with vintage equipment and sound system.
There is also a permanent exhibit with plaques and exhibits honoring over 120 recruits, as well as areas for a library, classrooms for educational programs and master classes, a surround sound theater, and a gift shop with music and entertainment memorabilia.
Inducted artists who have donated their memorabilia include Billy Joel, Joan Jett, Debbie Gibson, Blue Öyster Cult, Twisted Sister, as well as the families and estates of Harry Chapin, Guy Lombardo, John Coltrane and others. Donations include various musical instruments, performance outfits, vintage cars and motorcycles, rare posters and photos, and handwritten lyrics.
Catholic Health is a presenting sponsor and is part of a strong Hall of Famer network of supporters.