The third time is apparently the charm.
This time, all of the inductees, except the late Morton Gould, are expected to attend - including Lou Reed, John Zorn, and Eric B. and Rakim - says James Faith, chairman of the Hall of Fame. Also expected are Joan Jett, Stray Cat Lee Rocker, Eddie Money and Laurie Anderson, who is also Reed's wife.
"This year, everyone seems more on board," Faith says. "Maybe more people are looking for something to cheer and are ready to feel good about where they come from."
Proceeds from the event go to the Hall of Fame, which is working on opening its permanent home in Port Jefferson, and its scholarship and education programs for area musicians.
This year's class shows the eclectic music history of the area, the Hall of Fame counts Brooklyn and Queens as Long Island. Here's a look at the inductees (aside from My Father's Place and Denis McNamara):
BEST KNOWN FOR Being a true Renaissance man, winning two Peabody Awards for his TV shows, composing Broadway's "A Joyful Noise" and music for movies ("The Fox"), writing seven books, recording more than 90 albums, curating the Songwriters Hall of Fame and teaching at Hofstra University.
CHECK OUT His show "Folksong Festival" on WNYC, Saturdays at 10 p.m.
CAROLE AND PAULA
(Carole Demas and Paula Janis)
HAILS FROM Midwood, Brooklyn
BEST KNOWN FOR Starring in "The Magic Garden" kids' show, which ran from 1972 to 1984 on WPIX / 11 and earning a Grammy nomination. Also for forming The Festival Line Singers.
CHECK OUT "Carole & Paula in The Magic Garden" DVD
HAILS FROM Greenport by way of Chicopee Falls, Mass.
CHECK OUT "The Teddy Charles Tentet" (Atlantic)
HAILS FROM Huntington
BEST KNOWN FOR Bringing progressive metal to the masses through virtuoso playing, building on a rock-solid fan base that has grown to the point that last year's "Black Clouds and Silver Linings" debuted at No. 6 on the pop albums chart.
CHECK OUT "Greatest Hit . . . And 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs" (Rhino)
HAILS FROM Massapequa
BEST KNOWN FOR Being the principal clarinetist for the New York Philharmonic for 60 years before retiring last year. His amazing feat landed him a Guinness World Record.
CHECK OUT His version of "Rhapsody in Blue" that opens Woody Allen's "Manhattan" and his solo in Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade"
ERIC B. AND RAKIM
BEST KNOWN FOR The innovation Eric B. brought to making beats and DJing and the poetry and power of Rakim's rhymes and delivery, which made them one of the most - if not the most - influential hip-hop groups of all time.
CHECK OUT The hip-hop masterpiece "Paid in Full" (Fourth & Broadway)
HAILS FROM Richmond Hill
BEST KNOWN FOR Composing symphonies, Broadway musicals and TV scores, and serving as music director for radio shows and president of ASCAP.
CHECK OUT The Pulitzer Prize-winning "Stringmusic" and his score for "Billion Dollar Baby"
HAILS FROM Great Neck
BEST KNOWN FOR His iconic portraits of rockers, including definitive images of Eric Clapton, Joe Strummer, Led Zeppelin and, of course, John Lennon (he shot the famous photo of Lennon in the sleeveless "New York City" T-shirt).
CHECK OUT "Rock On! Masterworks of Rock Photography" at Heckscher Museum of Art
HAILS FROM Freeport
CHECK OUT "The Roy Haynes Trio" (Verve)
HAILS FROM Brooklyn
BEST KNOWN FOR Co-founding Blood, Sweat and Tears, writing "This Diamond Ring" for Gary Lewis & the Playboys, playing the organ riff on Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" and the Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want," as well as writing and recording on his own.
CHECK OUT "Rare and Well Done" (Sony Legacy)
HAILS FROM Riverhead
BEST KNOWN FOR Running The Agency Group, one of the music industry's biggest booking agencies, as president for North America. He also continues to handle a slate of artists including Ray Davies, Dolly Parton and Squeeze.
CHECK OUT Up-and-comers from his current roster: Noisettes, Lights, Katie Melua
HAILS FROM Amityville
BEST KNOWN FOR A string of No. 1 gospel albums, like last year's "We All Are One," that combine the gospel traditions of Andraé Crouch with the soulful phrasing of Luther Vandross.
CHECK OUT His Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport and weekly radio show.
HAILS FROM Forest Hills
BEST KNOWN FOR Leading La Perfecta, a Latin big band that was part of the golden age of Latin orchestras in the early '60s, as well as his own piano playing that combined elements of jazz and Latin rhythms.
CHECK OUT His album "Azucar Pa Ti," inducted into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress.
HAILS FROM Freeport by way of Brooklyn
BEST KNOWN FOR Leading Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Velvet Underground with classics, including "Sweet Jane" and "Venus in Furs," that helped form the foundation of glam, punk and avant-garde rock, as well as influencing artists ranging from David Bowie and U2 to Antony and the Johnsons and even Susan Boyle. His solo work, especially "Walk on the Wild Side" and "Satellite of Love," gained an even broader following.
CHECK OUT The great "Transformer" album and his underappreciated take on Edgar Allan Poe, "The Raven"
HAILS FROM Cambria Heights
CHECK OUT "The Complete Collection" (Goldenlane) and Mary Weiss' comeback album "Dangerous Game" (Norton)
HAILS FROM Queens
BEST KNOWN FOR His avant-garde compositions and performances, especially on saxophone, that blended elements of jazz, punk, metal and classical to create a unique sound.
CHECK OUT His movie-themed, jazz-oriented album "Naked City" (Nonesuch)