Glenn Gamboa writes about music for Newsday.
It was an amazing night of rock, rap and pop from several different decades as the Long Island Music Hall of Fame kicked off its fundraising campaign with its fourth Induction Gala earlier this month.
The group's goal is to raise $2 million to fund its permanent home in Port Jefferson, creating a center that both pays tribute to Long Island's musical legacy and is an inspiration for the next generation to carry that legacy forward. The Hall of Fame's chairman, Jim Faith, says the group plans to start renovations on the building as soon as it raises the funds.
"People are really rooting for this," Faith said as he walked the red carpet at the Paramount in Huntington before the event.
But what exactly are we all waiting for? While $2 million is certainly a large sum, charities across the area often raise that figure and more in one star-studded night. Can't Long Island's music industry band together to do the same and get things rolling?
"American Idol" Season 10 hopeful Robbie Rosen walked the red carpet before the Induction Gala, genuinely excited to be a part of a community of Long Island artists.
"I just want to introduce myself and my music to everybody here," the Merrick singer-songwriter said. "It's so exciting."
After all, it wasn't so long ago that Long Island success didn't count, according to the music industry. There are generations of rockers and rappers who told people they were from New York, instead of shouting out their actual Long Island roots to gain acceptance.
Twisted Sister's Mark Mendoza says that even though the band would sell out major venues in Manhattan, it was still dismissed as "a Long Island thing."
Isn't it time for that to end?
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