Hall of Fame celebrates LI’s music and entertainment heritage

Hall of Fame celebrates LI’s music and entertainment heritage
Blue Öyster Cult performed at the VIP preview event for the Long Island Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame on Nov. 22. (Photo courtesy of the Long Island Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame)

The Long Island Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame opened its first physical location at 97 Main Street in Stony Brook Friday.

Founded in 2004, the charitable group is a 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to recognize Long Island’s musical and entertainment heritage. It also provides education programs, scholarships and awards.

“We are thrilled our organization has found a permanent home in such a wonderful location,” Chairman Ernie Canadeo said. “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.”

The new 8,800-square-foot facility hosts a permanent hall of fame honoring over 120 inductees. It also has a library, classrooms, a surround-sound theater and a gift shop filled with music and entertainment-themed memorabilia.

There are a variety of visual elements and rare artifacts on display. Billy Joel, Joan Jett, Debbie Gibson, Blue Öyster Cult, Twisted Sister and the families and estates of Harry Chapin, Guy Lombardo, John Coltrane and more have donated memorabilia.

Musical instruments, performance outfits, vintage automobiles and motorcycles, rare posters and photos, handwritten lyrics and other items have also been donated. Other nearby attractions include the Long Island Museum, Jazz Loft and Reboli Center for Art and History.

The exhibition space will change twice a year. The first exhibit is “Long Island’s Legendary Club Scene – 1960s-1980s,” designed by Kevin O’Callaghan.

The display recreates Long Island’s club scenes from those decades, enabling visitors to learn about or relive those eras.

“We feature different and exciting exhibits, displays, videos and education offerings,” said Canadeo. “That makes the center a dynamic place for people to visit on a regular basis.”

This exhibit includes club replicas, videos of artists performing, advertisements, posters and instruments. It also has a replica of a typical 1960s stage, complete with vintage equipment and a sound system.

The hall and museum are open from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays. Admission prices are:

  • Adult $19.50
  • Seniors (65+) and Veterans $17
  • Students (w/ID) $15
  • Children under 12 enter for free

One can purchase tickets online at LIMEHOF.org or at the door.

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