Platinum Selling Urban Rock Violin Duo Nuttin’ But Stringz To Host Opus 118 Harlem School of Music’s Opening Honors Recital in New York

Opus 118 Harlem School of Music teaches and inspires youth in music. (courtesy Opus 118)

The fundraising event kicks off their concert campaign to raise
$500,000 to keep the Opus 118 music program running

New York, NY May 11, 2010 The powerful sound of urban rock music will come alive on Thursday, May 13, 2010 at El Museo Del Barrio in New York City, when internationally renown violin duo Nuttin’ But Stringz host the opening Honors Recital for Opus 118 Harlem School of Music. The platinum selling violinists, who were recently featured on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and MTV Unplugged with Trey Songz, have become the champion spokespersons of the non-profit organization.

Opus 118 transforms the lives of students and their families of the Harlem community, through access to quality music education while fostering teacher development and introducing musical performance to new audiences. “Opus 118 has experienced significant challenges in securing the funding needed to sustain the organization” said Damien Escobar, Nuttin’ But Stringz.  Damien noted he was inspired by the efforts of Roberta Guaspari who co-founded the non-profit organization to inspire the youth of Harlem.

Harlem School of Music inspires and teaches youth music (Opus 118 image)

In 1991, public school budget cuts eliminated arts programs, but Guaspari and her students fought for their program. They rallied community support and held a benefit concert at Carnegie Hall, with some of the world’s finest musicians to raise funds to keep the program open for nearly 20 years. Unfortunately, the program faces the same struggles during these economic times. With the help of Nuttin’ But Stringz, Opus 118 will kick of their Concert Campaign to raise half a million dollars and hopefully keep the program open for another 20 years.

“Opus 118 has seen a fair share of challenges through the years, but struggle parallels our humble beginnings,” said Robert Gondola, director of external relations.  “This year marks Opus 118’s 19th year and with the help of generous donors, we will not only make it to a 20th year, but [Opus 118] will be in a position to sustain for many more years to come.”

“Our mission is far from accomplished,” explained Gondola. “There is so much left to do, and we need people to lend a hand to preserve the educational treasure that is Opus 118 in a neighborhood that needs it more than ever.”

Unfortunately, after more than a decade, Opus 118 finds itself in the same predicament battling through turbulent economic times. “Sometimes passion and drive are all you need.” said Tourie Escobar, “When my brother and I heard [Opus 118] was facing closure we felt motivated to help.”

Tourie Escobar (in driver's seat) and brother Damien Escobar, Nuttin' But Stringz check out the Batmobile on display during their last visit to Hollywood and a performance on ABC's Dancing with the Stars. (MAYO image)

Nuttin’ But Stringz is no stranger to giving back to the community. They brought music lovers to their feet last month (April 26, 2010) at the American Heart Association’s Power to End Stroke movement. The initiative took place at the Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall in Houston, and empowered people to reduce their risk for stroke and educate communities on the importance of its prevention.

The Opus 118 Honors Recital on Thursday May 13, 2010, will begin at 6:00 pm with a cocktail hour, followed by a 7:00 pm performance. The newly renovated museum galleries will also be open exclusively for Opus 118 supporters. For more information on registration and tickets to the event contact Robert Gondola, Director of External Relations for Opus 118, Harlem School of Music at (212) 831- 4455 ext.105.

Damien Escobar and Tourie Escobar, Nuttin' But Stringz to host benefit Thursday night at Opus 118.

About Nuttin’ But Stringz Brother Tourie Escobar and Damien Escobar, who grew up in Queens, NY, are a true phenomenon of our musical age. Together, they are Nuttin’ But Stringz (NBS). NBS combines the classical sound of the violin with Pop, R&B and Hip-hop. The result is a unique and uplifting fury of modern emotion and harmony, intensity and rhythm. At age 10 both were the youngest to attend the legendary Juilliard School of Music in New York City. Their mission is to bridge the gap between Popular and Classical music. For more information about NBS visit: and NBS Blog: http//

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Nuttin’ But Stringz joins celebs in 2010 Camaro “Spirit” Premiere

(L-R) George Mc Quade, Tourie Escobar, James Pitt (Avatar, 2010) George Barris, and Damien Escobar, Nuttin' But Stringz.

Burbank, CA – Nuttin’ But Stringz in town for a live performance of “Dancing with Stars” On ABC TV, Tues, April 13th shows up (Saturday) at the Barris Kustom 2010 Chevrolet Camaro “Spirit” Premiere at Community Chevrolet, Burbank. For background info visit: NUTTIN BUT STRINGZ EXAMINER ARTICLE

Tourie and Damien Escobar, Nuttin’ But Stringz talked about their Dancing with the Stars music and dancing rehearsals,  to how they went from the New York subways playing their violins and urban rock music. They are also heading to Paris on the French version of America’s Got Talent (#3 in USA) and later this month MTV Unplugged, awesome music samples of their work at and follow them on twitter, /nuttingbutbuzz. Blog:

The # 1 Barris Kustom 2010 Chevrolet Camaro “Spirit” Premiered in USA at Community Chevrolet in Burbank California Saturday April 10th -celebrities VIPs and Media attended the Long Awaited Introduction of two of America‘s mostsSpectacular automobile brands--The Chevrolet Camaro and the King of the Kustomizers, George Barris

The Kustom Mechanic for some three decades shows us what’s under the hood of a batmobile.

A VIP-Media event marked the historical delivery of the first Barris Kustom 2010 Chevrolet Camaro “Spirit” to a Chevrolet dealership in the USA.

George Barris himself drove the first 2010 Chevrolet Camaro muscle car.

Tourie and Damien Escobar at 2010 Chev. Camaro "Spirit"Premiere

This long awaited American automobile industry event was be held Saturday April 10th at Community Chevrolet, one of the oldest, and successful Chevrolet dealerships in California.

George Barris, “King of the Auto Kustomizers” and American icon, drove the 1st car into the dealership himself immediately following the 2010 Annual Burbank on Parade. George Barris and the new Barris Camaro “Spirit” are a major feature in this year’s parade.  Along with other unique kustom cars, the  famed  Barris 1966 TV Batmobile were also be on display.

Many celebrities were invited and turned out to the spectacular event and red carpet affair including: George Barris, James Pitt (Avatar), Brenda Dickson-Young & The Restless,  Claudia Wells-Back to the Future,  Comedian/Actress Judy Tenuta,  Kat Kramer and her Mom,  Dave Lea (Batman 1+2),LA,

Barris’ pal-Jay Leno was late as usual, but showed up in his 1901 WHITE.

Other celebs included:  Zac Callison( Hannah Montana), Stefanie Scott(Flipped, Old Christine), Jenessa Rose-Ponyo(GForce, Imagine That,  Julianna Rose(Diary of a Wimpy Kid, I Carly)Brandon Tyler Russel (Smitty), Damien Escobar & Toure Escobar- ( ABC’ Dancing with Starsl NBC America’s Got Talent; MTV Unplugged -Emmy Award-winning Sony Recording Artists Nuttin’ But Stringz) and many other celebs attended.

Driven by a never ending passion to kustomize automobiles, George Barris of Barris Kustoms in North Hollywood, CA was pleased and excited more than ever, to jump into this project last year and to head the team that designed and produced one of the hottest and long-awaited ” kustom” Chevrolets in history.

This highly anticipated kustom Chevrolet Camaro represents a quantum shift in the availability of kustom vehicles from arguably the most famous kustom vehicle design house in the world! “Barris Kustoms has entered into a new chapter by delivering affordable kustom vehicles direct to the dealer showroom”, say George Barris founder of Barris Kustoms.

Operating for over 60 years,  Barris has been developing unique one-of-a-kind vehicles and product designs including motion picture & TV cars, celebrity vehicles, motorcycles, golf carts, bicycles, fashion lines, and now a line of kustom electric rock guitars. He has been thrilling car, movie and pop-culture fans alike with his famous TV Batmobile, Munster Koach, Beverly Hillbilly truck, Knightrider KITT and many others.  But his first love has always been redesigning and kustomizing new cars from Detroit and making them look better.

“Today so many kustom vehicles have entirely too much work done on them”, says Barris. “I believe we have succeeded in developing a kustom vehicle with just the right amount of kustom features and keeping it affordable to the automotive enthusiast while being made in the USA.”

The Barris “Spirit” Camaro will be available at selected dealerships or can be ordered directly through your local new car Chevrolet dealer.

George Barris immediately saw  incredible potential of the new 2010 Chevrolet Camaro as a kustom canvas.  ” Using the 2010 Camaro 2SS RS as our base model, he added the following kustom features:

•           Kustom painted hood with deep pearl and metallic accents emphasizing the wide, aggressive stance of the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro.

•           Kustom painted front fenders and doors. The aerodynamic “Spear” blurs the vision with a striking burst of speed.

•           Kustom foil “hand-swirled” striping and beautifully pin-stripping outline the kustom paint on the hood, front fenders and doors.

•           Kustom paint to accent the rear fender louvers

•           Kustom paint to accent the four taillight tunnels

•           Kustom 3 bar chrome legend grill

•           “Spirit” name is added to both fenders along with a Barris Kustom Crest insignia.

•           Barris Kustom dash plaque hand signed by George Barris.

•           Lexani Chrome Painted Spoked Wheels

Each new Barris “Spirit” Camaro comes with a Certificate of Authenticity” certifying the vehicle was kustomized by Barris Kustom.

The Barris Spirit Camaro can be ordered with additional kustom features such as: color matching kustom wheels, vertical doors, convertible top and an upgraded sound system.

By the way Tourie Escobar of Nuttin’ But Stringz is a car enthusiasts. Tourie   he customizes all his cars currently in his fleet of American Cars are:

Ford Mustang convertible

Dodge Charger with Lambo doors

72 Chevy Impala

Chevy Nova

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