LI Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame set to open Friday

The Long Island Music & Hall of Fame is hosting the grand opening of its first physical facility on Friday at 97 Main Street in Stony Brook Village.

Inductees to the Hall of Fame already include a wide-ranging 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 our organization has found a permanent home in such a wonderful location,” Ernie Canadeo, the organization’s chairman, said in a statement about the grand opening.

The Hall of Fame is near other Long Island cultural centers such as The Long Island Museum, The Jazz Loft and The Reboli Center.

“We’re excited to be able to share our world-class displays and unique memorabilia collection that showcases Long Island’s rich and diverse musical and entertainment history in new and exciting ways,” Canadeo said. “We feature different and exciting exhibits, displays, videos and education offerings that make the center a dynamic place for people to visit on a regular basis.”

Founded 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 be celebrated and preserved for future generations,” according to the organization. Encompassing Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, and Kings (Brooklyn) counties, the organization 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 education programs, scholarships and awards to Long Island students and educators.

The Hall of Fame and Museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 12 pm through 5 pm Admission prices are: adult $19.50, seniors (65-plus) and veterans $17, students with identification $15.00. Children under 12 are free. Tickets can be purchased online at the LIMEHOF.org website and at the door.

The first exhibit, created by designer Kevin O’Callaghan, is titled “Long Island’s Legendary Club Scene – 1960’s-1980’s” and is designed to be “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 exhibit features replicas of clubs, with videos of artists performing, ads, 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 recognizing over 120 inductees, 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 themed memorabilia.

Inducted artists who have donated their memorabilia include Billy Joel, Joan Jett, Debbie Gibson, Blue Öyster Cult, Twisted Sister, and families and estates of Harry Chapin, Guy Lombardo, John Coltrane and others. Donations include various musical instruments, performance outfits, vintage automobiles and motorcycles, rare posters and photos and handwritten lyrics.

Catholic Health is a presenting sponsor, and is part of a strong network of supporters, according to the Hall of Fame.

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