Glenn Gamboa writes about music for Newsday.
It's only fitting that Taylor Dayne's Long Island homecoming is an eclectic affair.
The Long Island Music Hall of Famer and Baldwin native will play two shows this weekend -- a more pop-focused show at Eisenhower Park on Friday and a more dance-oriented show at Long Island Pride on Saturday.
"They are such different things," says Dayne, calling from her Los Angeles home. "The Eisenhower Park show will be a full band show -- a whole experience. The Pride show will have a lot of dance music, short and sweet. I may even do some remixes."
Dance music has always been close to Dayne's heart, starting with her debut smash, "Tell It to My Heart," up through her recent dance hit, "Floor on Fire." However, her career also is filled with hit ballads like "Love Will Lead You Back," as well as a stint on Broadway in "Aida."
Dayne continues to stretch, currently collaborating with various hip-hop and EDM producers on new music and working on re-recording her own hits.
"Pop music has never been better or stronger," she says. "I do very believable dance music. That's a very big part of my music."
Though Dayne is constantly on tour, the Long Island dates will be special. She watched concerts at Eisenhower Park with her parents, and she's bringing her kids, Levi and Astaria, to the show for that experience.
For Dayne, this will always be an important place. "Long Island has some really beautiful spots," she says. "I've been all over the world, and there's just no place better."
Taylor Dayne plays Eisenhower Park in East Meadow at 7 p.m. next Friday and Long Island Pride at Heckscher Park in Huntington at 1 p.m. next Saturday. Both shows are free.