Gary Maggio has a reputation as a bonafide high energy rock guitatist who captures the audience through technical prowess and love of rock guitar. His take no prisones approach to performing combined with an emotional connection to the audiences never fails to elicit chills, and his unique approach to the guitar and roots in both blues rock, fusion, and old school loud and proud style of playing are completely authentic. Widely considered one of the best rock guitarists in New York, he has commanded the respect and acclaim of critics, peers and fans across the US. Gary has performed and toured throughout the US with some of the best musicians in the world including: Larry Coryell, Randy Coven, John Scofield, Mark Wood, Bobby Rondinelli, Roger Earl, Malo, Shiela Escovedo, Tower of Power. While Gary lived in South FLA he was featured on the front cover of The FLA Times in Arts and Entertainment for his arbitron rated #1 single "Just Walk Away". Gary also toured with the top Bon Jovi Tribute "Bad Medicine" up and down the east coast. Currently Gary is performing with the nations #1 Tribue to classic rock "Buttered Soul".
Craig Hopping has been singing since his teenage years and he proclaims that singing saved his life. Growing up with a tough child hood sometimes can ruin a person. Craig decided early on that he was going to survive his rough upbrinbing and committ himself to his craft as a singer. His roots are based in rythym and blues which gave him a solid understanding of how to create emotion with his voice, to make the audience feel the emotion and connection. Craig is a master at that aspect of performing with his voice. Craig has been playing through NY for over thirty years. He was the lead singer of the acclaimed Mojo Rythym Kings on Long Island, he was directly reponsible for the reputation of the hardest working singer around, and all those gigs turned his voice into one of the most sought after voices in the rock community in NY. Craig has been the lead vocalist and performed with such legends as Robby Krieger from the Doors, Bobby Rondinelli form Black Sabbath, Roger Earl from Foghat, and many other top bands on Long Island. Craig has been the leader of his band Buttered Soul, he has been through many renditions of the band and has played just about every venue on Long Island. Craig's reputation is stellar, he is one of the best rock vocalists New York has eve produced. He has become a world class vocalist. Craig understands that those people who sing are happier, live longer and are generally much healthier too. When the audience watches Craig sing, the whole room is captivated by this mans passion for his craft. Craig is performing regularly with his critically acclaimed band "Buttered Soul".
A veteran of the rock scene for 40 years, Jeff has played every major club on LI and NYC with many different bands. He has performed on tv on The Joe Franklin Show and been showcased on many rock radio stations. Jeff has shared the stage and performed with the best on LI- Bobby Rondinelli, George Cintron, Randy Jackson of Zebra, Tony Catania of Jason Bonham, John Miceli of Meatloaf, Teddy Rondinelli of Vanilla Fudge.
Tommy is a veteran of the Long Island club circuit who has worked with bands such as KID GLOVES.DEEP SLEEP and RUFF KUTT,
just to name a few.He has also had the privilege of working with band members from FOGHAT,ALICE COOPER and THE CAPRIS.
Tommy has also worked with THE BEATLES tribute ABBEY ROAD.
If you have gone out to see live music in Long Island over the last twenty-five years, there's a good chance you've seen Rich playing keyboards and singing. He has had long stints and played all around the country with many popular local cover and tribute bands including Songs in the Attic (Billy Joel tribute); Head Games (Foreigner tribute); MadCo (Bad Company tribute); 80's tribute bands Rubix Kube and the Ronald Reagans; played gigs with local Beatles tribute bands Liverpool Shuffle and NYC's Strawberry Fields; and many, many more. Rich has also shared stages playing with 60's rocker Mitch Ryder (older readers will remember the name!), 80's hitmakers Bret Michaels and Bonnie Tyler, and opened up locally for (again) Bret Michaels, Eddie Money, Zebra, and, with Buttered Soul, Leslie West and the Doors' Robbie Krieger
When Gary Maggio needs to add a little color to the guitar department, his go to guy is David Salav, Buttered Soul’s cornerman!. David began loving music at an early age. After a 30 year break, he picked up his guitar again in 2010, and with the help of some of Long Island's most talented musicians, has achieve success as a 12 string player, which is his passion. Dave has had the privilege of playing with many talented recording artists, namely Bobby Rondinelli, Amber Ferrari, Gary Maggio, Dee Snider, Danny Miranda, John Miceli, and Randy Jackson. He has recording credits on the Westbury Road album “Heartburn”, regularly plays with many local Long Island bands such as Buttered Soul, Flashback LI, The 60’s Invasion, and is the official 12 string guitar player for Decadia Live.