“I worked with Johnny Maestro many times and he was a one of a kind, great guy. Glad to see you are keeping his music alive and doing it very well.” ​

Mick Mansueto,

1910 Fruitgum Company


"I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed Neal Stuart & The Empire State the other evening. I was totally impressed with the music, the background vocals, and without doubt, Neal's up front commanding performance of Johnny Maestro. Whether it was the Crests or the Bridge I could close my eyes and I was transported to  one of Johnny's performances. I knew the band was good, but didn't realize how much on the money they actually were. Continued success."

      Les Levine, 


The Del-Vikings


“Neal, your show may be a tribute to Johnny, but it is also a tribute to you for your talent and effort to keep his memory alive. Keep up the good work.”

John Roper,

The Bob Knight Four

 "Great Sound keep it going and you guys look good...."

Alex Augustine,

Goodfellas RnR RnB" PODCAST SHOW

WSLE Radio

What people are saying about Neal Stuart and The Empire State...

“Neal Stuart and the Empire State is an exceptionally talented group! Their renditions and tribute to the late and great Johnny Maestro is beautifully interpreted with much feeling and passion. Not only do they do his compositions justice but their interpretations of other great classics are a masterpiece in the making!”

Jackie Nunez,

Goodfellas DW and More Club


Remember Then Radio

"Great band....top notch performers....."

Pat Carfora,


Brooklyn Keys


"I saw an amazing show in Levittown...  an incredibly talented Johnny Maestro and Crests/Brooklyn Bridge tribute group called Neal Stuart and The Empire State. They do a wonderful job an I highly recommend seeing them perform!!!! Fantastic talent!"

Steven Kahn,


New England Doo Wop Society


"Neal and the Empire State have a unique sound and original style that immediately captures their audience! Their charismatic performances bring listeners back to the "good old days" as they perform hit songs from the past."

Shannon Dee,



"I just was playing The Best of Johnny Maestro on CD. I had to check the CD, thought it was Neal singing. My wife came out and asked me where did I get a CD with The Empire State Band playing? You guys nailed The Crests, Brooklyn Bridge and Johnny Maestro. Neal is the real thing!"

Scott F.

"What a wonderful, entertaining group!! Our community of over 300 people cannot wait for the Neal Stuart and Empire State band to join us again!"

Erin H.

"My 94 year old father recently saw you and he can't stop talking about what a great group you are! Congrats! Keep singing and playing. You're making people happy!"

Phyllis C.

"Thank you for the incredible show you put on today. I enjoyed myself sooo much. Did you hear me singing ??"

Cathy C.



Marjorie T.


The show was outstanding - would have made Johnny so proud!!!

Marsha S.

"I was there at the Plainview show and it was a great show well worth going to."

Patricia M.


"I very much enjoyed your performance this past Sunday. Great show, it brought back many happy memories."

Mary C.

"I went yesterday with my wife and saw this group for the 1st time. Very professional, talented and well received by the large audience who had a great time."

Norm M.





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