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: http://www.NuttinButStringz.com and NBS Blog: http//nuttinbutstringz.wordpress.com.

[Editors: For media interviews with Tourie Escobar or Damien Escobar, Nuttin’ But Stringz, or images contact Aida Mayo or George McQuade, MAYO Communications, Los Angeles,
818-340-5300 or 818-618-9229. Email:  Publicity@MayoCommunications.com.]

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Urban Rock Violinist Duo “Nuttin But Stringz” raise their bows to fight stroke

For tickets, contact the American Heart Association
at 713-610-5010 or visit
www.poweroflegacy.blogspot.com.


Nuttin’ But Stringz will perform in a concert  Benefit in
Houston to Benefit American Heart Assocation

 

Damien Escobar

Houston -“Nuttin’ But Stringz”, an international urban rock violin duo sensation, which rocked the TV airwaves on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars

set to perform in concert for the American Heart Assn. on Friday, April 23, 2010 in Houston. The fun-filled fundraising event will be at the Hobby Center for Performing Arts in Zilkha Hall.

Last Tuesday, April 13, 2010, Nuttin’ But Stringz made history performing live on Dancing with the Stars, Television’s most watch show (22-25 million).

Nuttin’ But Stringz, two of the most talked about brothers in the music industry, Damien and Tourie Escobar, Queens, NY were finalists on the NBC show, Americas Got Talent

Also, on the same day, April 23rd, the popular MTV Unplugged will broadcast a previously recorded show featuring Nuttin’ But Stringz.

Tourie Escobar

Since its 2006 inception, the American Heart Association’s Power To End Stroke initiative has been forging ahead to empower people through education and awareness about their risk for stroke and their choices for prevention.

Stroke is the number three killer in America and the leading cause of disability. In fact, according to the AHA, nearly 2,600 Americans die of cardiovascular disease daily, or one every 33 seconds.

Funds raised through the Power of Legacy event directly impact research, education and outreach in Houston. The 2010 Power of Legacy chair is Merele Yarborough. Honorees for the evening are Aetna, Kirk Franklin and Judy and Wayne McConnell.

About the American Stroke Association

 

The goal of the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, is to reduce disability and death from stroke through research, education and advocacy. In its 2006–07 fiscal year, the association invested more than $152 million to fight stroke.  To learn more, call 1-888-4STROKE or visit: strokeassociation.org

 

Tourie and Damien Escobar, Nuttin’ But Stringz

Teenage brothers, Tourie Escobar and Damien Escobar grew up in Queens, NY. Together, the Escobar brothers are Nuttin’ But Stringz (NBS). They combine the classical sound of the violin with urban rock, Pop, R&B and Hip-hop. At age 10 both were the youngest to attend the legendary Juilliard School of Music in New York City where they were able to hone their craft and find their place.

Their mission is to bridge the gap between Popular and Classical music. Nuttin’ But Stringz debut CD and most recent composition, Struggle from the Subway to the Charts.”

Nuttin’ But Stringz -urban rock with classical undertones.

After etching a spot in the top three finalists on NBC’s America’s Got Talent exposing the group to 750 million viewers worldwide, and opened the doors for a multitude of music offers and contracts.

Most recently Nuttin’ But Stringz broke history performing as the first instrumental musical act on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars show (April 13, 2010), reaching an audience from 22-25 million viewers in U.S. Other opportunities include Paris (A French version of AGT) to MTV Unplugged. Both Tourie and Damien agree that, We are to the violin what Michael Jordan was to basketball.”

[Editors: For media interviews or images call Aida Mayo or George            Mc Quade, 818-340-5300. For more about NBS visit: http://www.Nuttinbutstringz.com and their nuttinbutbuzz for updates].

TMZ’s Harvey Levin asks “What is Pinot” in an interview with Nuttin’ But Stringz at Dancing with the Stars

Tourie Escobar (Nuttin’ But Stringz), Kate Gosselin, Damien Escobar (Nuttin; But Stringz) and partner Tony Dovolani, Gosselin’s dance partner, after ABC’Dancing with the Stars.

Los Angeles, CA – Just got off the phone with the manager of Nuttin’ But Stringz, who is stranded along with thousands of airline passengers in Europe due to the Iceland Volcano eruption. Not since 9-11 or Mount Saint Helens (May 18, 1980, Washington State) have so many planes been grounded. TMZ got an exclusive interview this week with Tourie and Damien Escobar, brothers who make up the internationally renown Nutt’ But Stringz, who performed live at Dancing with the  Stars on ABC. Taking a break from the show TMZ caught the urban rock violinists just outside the DWTS studios.

When asked who they thought was the best dancer? Both replied in harmony, “Kate Gosselin. She’s a good woman, a good Mom and the sexiest,”  Tourie and Damien answered.

TMZ’s Harvey Levin (shaking his head), back in the newsroom, was blown away when he heard Tourie Escobar tell the TMZ news cameraman that He’s
” in love with Kate Gosselin, and would love to date her.”

When they asked who’s the sexiest Dancer on DWTS, both replied Kate Gosselin. “Kate is even sexier than Pamela Anderson,”  said Tourie.  She’s “Pinot.”

Levin, back in the newsroom said, “Now you’re losing me, what is Pinot?” Both
violinists answer, “A fine wine.”

On Saturday, April 17th, Nuttin’ But Stringz is scheduled to be on the French version of America’s Got Talent. Two years ago they were in the top three when their unique, emotional sound swept American audiences.

Damien Escobar, Nuttin’ But Stringz, Niecy Nash, Dancing with the Stars, Tourie Escobar, Nuttin’ But Stringz and Louis Van Amstel, Dancing with the Stars

On April 23rd, they will be seen on MTV Unplugged on cable, but if you are in Houston, Texas you can hear and watch them live. It is a benefits event for the American Heart Assn. It will be held at the Hobby Center for Performing Arts in Zilkha Hall.

Several Dance contestants were pleasantly surprised to watch Nuttin’ But Stringz as the opening act on America’s most watch Television Show Dancing with the Stars.


The American Heart Association’s Power To End Stroke initiative has been forging ahead to empower individuals through education and awareness about their risk for stroke and the choices they have in prevention.

(L-R) Tourie Escobar and Damien Escobar, Nuttin’ But Stringz” interview with KABC-TV reporter George Pennacchio.

According to the AHA Stroke is the number three  killer in America and the leading cause of disability. In fact, nearly 2600 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of one death every 33 seconds. Although the numbers are staggering, the power to change these statistics lies within all of us to make simple lifestyle changes that can reverse these numbers.

Funds raised by the Power of Legacy event will directly benefit research, education and outreach in Houston. The 2010 Power of Legacy chair is Merele Yarborough. Honorees for the evening are Aetna, Kirk Franklin and Judy and Wayne McConnell.

For tickets, contact the American Heart Association at 713-610-5010 or visit www.poweroflegacy.blogspot.com

The Power To End Stroke campaign is supported nationally by the Bristol-Myers Squibb/Sanofi Pharmaceuticals Partnership.

About the American Stroke Association

The goal of the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, is to reduce disability and death from stroke through research, education and advocacy. In its 2006–07 fiscal year, the association invested more than $152 million to fight stroke.  To learn more, call 1-888-4STROKE or visitstrokeassociation.org

For updates on Nuttin’ But Stringz  visit: www.MAYOPR.com click on “Clients in the News”

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Nuttin‘ But Stringz tapped for ‘Dancing With the Stars’ (exclusive) …

Apr 14, 2010  Nuttin‘ But’ Stringz, the amazing violin-playing duo of Damien and Tourie Escobar, has been tapped to perform on Dancing With the Stars www.examiner.com/x-24089-TV Examiner~y2010m4d10-NuttinButStringz-tapped-for-Dancing-With-the-Stars-exclusive-interview

Latest Nuttin But StringzNews – Examiner.comLatest Nuttin But Stringz news stories at Examiner.com.
http://www.examiner.com/Subject-Nuttin_But_Stringz.html

ABDC Season 5: And the winner is…(video)Apr 15, 2010  I loved Nuttin‘ But Stringz from when I first saw them on “America’s Got Talent.” Travis Wall choreographed this routine.

TV ExaminerApr 10, 2010  Nuttin‘ But Stringz tapped for ‘Dancing With the Stars’ (exclusive  NuttinBut Stringz, the amazing violin-playing duo of Damien and 
http://www.examiner.com/x-24089-TV-Examiner~topic391726-Dancing-With-the-Stars

ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” is set to make television history with the international, Emmy award-winning Violinists Damien and Tourie Escobar – “Nuttin’ But Stringz’ – Tuesday night

Hollywood, CA – “We have  been rehearsing and  practicing for hours for our  live performance  on Dancing with the  Stars tomorrow night  (Tuesday, April 13, 2010),”  said Tourie and Damien  Escobar, “Nuttin’ But  Stringz”, urban rock  composers, who make up one of the most talked about international violin duo to hit the airwaves. “We will be making history on Dancing with the Starsas the first instrumental music presentation,” said Tourie Escobar, “Nuttin’ But Stringz”. “It’s never been done on the show before, and we’ll have lots of eye-popping surprises.”

brothers, who grew up in a rough neighborhood in Queens, NY, were excited when they heard the news. “I couldn’t believe it, until Dancing with the Stars airline tickets arrived in the mail,” said Damien Escobar, “Nuttin’ But Stringz”.

“For emotions, for intensity, professionalism, for commanding the stage and electricity, you guys are my favorite act in the competition, you roasted it, I’m trembling,” said America’s Got Talent judge Simon Fuller at the last AGT performance of “Nuttin’ But Stringz”.

“Nuttin’ But Stringz” surfaced two years ago as one of the top three contestants on NBC’s America‘s Got Talent. The judges described “Nuttin’ But Stringz” this way:

“For emotions, for intensity, professionalism, for commanding the stage and electricity, you guys are my favorite act in the competition, you roasted it, I’m trembling,” said America’s Got Talent judge Simon Fuller at the last AGT performance of “Nuttin’ But Stringz”.

“Guys the tone that you get from your instruments is so sensational and the most perfect tone I have heard from any violin player ever,” said Judge and English singer, music promoter Sharon Osbourne, who is the wife of singer-songwriter, Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath). “The crossover, classical rock and hip-hop are sensational,” she said.

Actor and America’s Got Talent judge David Hasselhoff said, “You are raw talent, and you also move us with your music. You can makes us rock, make us dance, and make us feel so good, just keep it coming.”

Damie and Tourie Escobar, “Nuttin’ but Stringz”, began playing in New Yor’s subways growing up in Queens, New York. They were the youngest to attend Julliard School of Music at the tender age of 10.

“Nuttin’ But Stringz” performed at the “Declare Youself” Inaugural Ball for President Barack Obama, January 19, 2009, hosted by Jessica. Other performances included Jamie Foxx, Maroon 5 and John Legend.

Additionally, “Nuttin’ But Stringz” performed in the Kennedy Center for the “Let Freedom Ring” with Aretha Franklin to celebrate Martin Luther King’s Birthday,  January 18th (the then Preisident-Elect Obama was there).

In November, 2008,  they performed for Princess Sheikha Hessa as the headline act.

Other performers included AKO and JAY SEAN. Other performances by Jamie Foxx, Maroon 5 and John Legend

“We have inspired a lot of kids, who now find it cool to pick up a
violin along with their basketball and play to their hearts content,”
said Damien Escobar. “I was called a ‘sissy’ and every other name
in school when I began playing the violin at age 8. My brother brought
it home from school and I was hooked on the instrument.”

“We have inspired a lot of kids, who now find it cool to pick up a violin along with their basketball and play to their hearts content,” said Damien Escobar. “I was called a ‘sissy’ and every other name in school when I began playing the violin at age 8. My brother brought it home from school and I was hooked on the instrument.” “Nuttin But Stringz” fly to Paris after Dancing with the Stars TV show to appear on the French version of America’s Got Talent TV show (April 17, 2010). On April 23rd,  “Nutting’ But Stringz” will peform on MTV Unplugged.

“Then it’s back to the recording studio for our new album due out next year,” said Tourie Escobar. “This will be the final performance of “Thunder” from our last album “Struggle from the Subways to the Charts.”

Editors: For media interviews or images contact Aida Mayo or George Mc Quade, 818-340-5300 or 818-618-9229, Publicity@MayoCommunications.com. To hear or buy their music visit: www.nuttinbutstringz.com. For blog updates visit:

https://nuttinbutstringz.wordpress.com.

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:

http://tinyurl.com/ybd275g 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 http://www.nuttinbutstringz.com and follow them on twitter, /nuttingbutbuzz. Blog: https://nuttinbutstringz.wordpress.com.

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

MEDIA: For images or interviews with NUTTIN’ BUT STRINGZ please call Aida Mayo or George Mc Quade 818-340-5300 or 818-618-9229, or Publicity@MayoCommunications.com

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