Long Island Music Hall of Fame gets permanent home in Stony Brook
Billy Joel and the rest of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame members finally have a permanent place to call home.
Long Island has had a Music Hall of Fame since 2004, but now it has a true residence in Stony Brook.
Visitors will be able to see changing exhibits designed by creative director Kevin O’Callaghan. The plaques of those inducted will also be permanently displayed and there will be classrooms for education programs.
“This is a passion to do this, and I’m so excited to be a part of it,” O’Callaghan says.
There are more than 100 Long Island musicians inducted, including Billy Joel, Joan Jett and Debbie Gibson.
The list is going to grow bigger now that the Music Hall of Fame is expanding to be the Long Island Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame.
“I truly believe that there’s nowhere in the country or in the world that has produced as many outstanding musicians, composers, band leaders - from jazz to classical, to rock to pop - than Long Island,” says Ernie Canadeo, the Hall of Fame’s chairperson.
The building is on top of an amphitheater where great musicians like Duke Ellington, Tony Bennett and Pete Seeger performed between 1955 and 1970.
The Hall of Fame is expected to open to the public in the fall.