The following was taken from an article in American Songwriter magazine.
The Long Island Music Hall of Fame (LIMHOF) will present a “Best of the Awards Galas” TV special on Thursday, December 31.
The LIMHOF — founded in 2003 by Stony Brook University faculty member Norman Prusslin and music magazine publisher Rich L’Hommedieu — honors the rich history and important role Long Island has played in music history.
Hosted by Zebra guitarist/vocalist Randy Jackson, the upcoming TV special will feature a mix of the best speeches, performances and special moments from past LIMHOF Induction galas from 2006 through 2018. The show is dedicated to Leslie West, guitarist for Mountain and native New Yorker, who passed away on December 23.
Some of the acts featured in the special include Joan Jett, Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, Jen Chapin, DMC, Chuck D, LL Cool J, Kurtis Blow, Dee Snider, David Johansen, Leslie West/Mountain, Billy Joel, Garland Jeffreys and more.
“We are thrilled to present many highlights from our past Induction Ceremonies in this 90-minute presentation, presented by Jovia Financial Credit Union, and benefiting the Long Island Music Hall of Fame’s educational and scholarship programs,” said Stony Brook alum Ernie Canadeo ’77, Long Island Music Hall of Fame Chairman. “It is a testament to Long Island’s diverse musical heritage with appearances and performances by so many world-renowned rock, folk, jazz, blues, hip-hop and classical artists. This New Year’s Eve presentation represents a finale to 2020 and a new beginning to live events in the new year.”
The special will raise money for the LIMHOF music scholarship program and other educational initiatives such as the mobile museum through an auction of various items as well as accepting donations during the program.
The show will air on Thursday, December 31, at 9 pm simultaneously on News 12 plus (optimum channel 61), Fios (Verizon channel 530) and stream on Facebook Live (facebook.com/news12li).