Neal Stuart and The Empire State will celebrate the beloved music of Johnny Maestro and other well-known artists on Saturday, May 18, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Vanderbilt Reichert Planetarium. The Planetarium is located at the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, N.Y.
Tickets: $20 advance on-line purchase; $25 at door, $15 for age 15 and younger.
The Empire State, a collaboration of veteran New York musicians of the 1960s through the 1990s music scene, features current and former members of well-known regional groups. The group also plays the music of The Righteous Brothers, Ike and Tina Turner, Jackie Wilson, the Four Seasons, Spencer Davis Group, and Dion.
Stuart has performed professionally for five decades, starting in the early 1960s as one of the lead vocalists of a well-known Bronx, N.Y., acapella group The Zirkons. He also has sung with various Long Island groups and has appeared in many solo shows throughout the tri-state area. His repertoire, sung in his renowned bel canto style, includes “Sincerely,” “Gee,” “But I’d Give the World” and his signature song, “Unchained Melody.”
The late Johnny Maestro, lead singer for the Crests, the Del-Satins and, eventually, the Brooklyn Bridge, recorded rock ’n’ roll hits like “Sixteen Candles” and “The Worst That Could Happen.” The Brooklyn Bridge’s 1968 performance on the popular Ed Sullivan television variety show launched its career.