ANTHONY ESEMPLARE: Vocals
Anthony has been a member of many bands including NYC Punk Heros, No Control, Alternative Rockers, Gregory's Funhouse (with Andy) also Rocking Horse & Exciter (with Vinny & Andy). He was an integral part of all of these projects, but he wasn't the singer, he played drums. His first experience as a "frontman" came in 1985 when Vinny, Andy, Vincent & Tony joined two other close friends for a one night gig at a NYC High School's Dance. It was that gig that cemented the fact that not only can Anthony sing, but he can entertain an audience like no other. Former Journey lead singer Steve Augeri praised Anthony as "having a truly outstanding voice".
VINNY LUBRANO: Guitar, Vocals
Vinny began playing guitar in 1974. He met Anthony & Andy to form the band Rocking Horse, their first cover band. Throughout the years they have played together in various bands including the hugely successful Exciter, a heavy metal cover band in the 80's. Vinny's blazing technique and ability to play many different styles, led him to be a session guitar player that has been featured on many recordings. He is also a member of the Peter Stevens Band with bassist Andy Mattina.
VINCENT GATO: Drums, Vocals
Vincent is a master (literally as he is a Tae Kwon Do master) drummer & backing vocalist. This dynamic drummer began his association with Vinny and Andy in the Peter Stevens Band, a NYC based original act that graced the stage of the city's best venues like The China Club, Great Gildersleeves, Traxx & Nirvana to name a few. Vincent was a member of Southern Comfort, a successful Brooklyn based southern rock cover band in the early 80's. Vincent is also a member of Head and South, a southern rock cover band based out of Bay Ridge Brooklyn.
ANDY MATTINA: Bass Guitar
There is not enough room on this website to list the people that Andy has performed with. He was once dubbed the busiest bass player in NYC. He is a masterful musician and helps to deliver a rock solid foundation, coupled with Vincent's outstanding drumming to form a rythmn section that is second to none. Andy can also be found playing in NYC's premier live karaoke band, Crash Course Karaoke on week nights, and a unique solar powered band called Solar Punch.
C.J. SMITH: Keyboard, Vocals
Starting classical piano at the age of 4, amongst a family of musicians, C.J. developed many musical skills on multiple instruments growing up. His keyboard playing eventually drifted to more of a rock/pop focus. He then went on to perform in bands for Carnival Cruise Lines. In addition to rockin the synth sounds, his choir & acapella group experience helps him nail any vocal harmony you can throw at him. You can also find him directing a rock/pop choir called Here To Sing. He also plays French horn or piano for various organizations and events.
VALERIE ABBEY: Vocals
Valerie's enthusiasm on stage is absolutely contagious! Her unique look has everyone watching her throughout the show. Besides her amazing vocals Valerie also plays guitar and sings in a Goth band called Abbey Death with her husband. We are so lucky to have her!