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All-star lineup to honor Billy Joel at Tilles Center

The Long Island Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame in Stony Brook will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a benefit concert gala in honor of Billy Joel.

The star-studded event takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 7 at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post.

An impressive lineup of artists, including Alexa Ray Joel, Debbie Gibson, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, DJ Johnny Juice (from Public Enemy), Felix Cavaliere (from The Rascals), Jimmy Webb, Mike DelGuidice, Philip Edward Fisher, Albert Bouchard and Joe Bouchard (former members of Blue Öyster Cult) joined by current band members Jules Radino and Danny Miranda, as well as the full band Zebra (including Randy Jackson, Guy Gelso and Felix Hanemann) are scheduled to perform.

Ernie Canadeo, LIMEHOF chairman, shared his excitement for the upcoming event, which he called “the perfect complement” to their “Billy Joel – My Life” exhibit currently on display.

“This spectacular evening will showcase Long Island’s creative talent and impact on the world, with historic performances by many of our over 120 inductees, exciting induction ceremonies, and highlights of our organization’s educational mission to preserve Long Island’s unparalleled music and entertainment heritage for future generations,” Canadeo said.

New LIMEHOF inductees will also be featured at the gala, where legendary music agent Dennis Arfa, chairman of Independent Artist Group, will be inducted in the “Music Industry” category, and Tilles Center for the Performing Arts will be inducted as well, in the “Venue” category. 

“It’s an absolute privilege and certainly fitting that LIMEHOF’s 20th Anniversary Concert honoring Billy Joel take place here at Tilles Center,” said Tom Dunn, executive and artistic director of Tilles Center. “Billy is a longtime friend and supporter of Tilles’ impactful mission, and we are thrilled to celebrate his unparalleled and legendary career with this star-studded group of music luminaries.”

LIMEHOF inductee Bob Buchmann (WAXQ, WBAB) will host the event, which is being sponsored by Catholic Health.Tilles Center is located at 720 Northern Blvd. in Brookville, on the campus of LIU Post. For tickets, visit LIMEHOF the ticket page (, or the Tilles Center ticket page ( For more information about the Long Island Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame, visit

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