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.]

Nuttin’ But Stringz Concert in Houston

Damien and Brother Tourie (back bend) Nuttin' But Stringz at Houston benefit concert for American Heart Assn. (Dmoreland Photography)

Heart “Stringz” tugged at the American Heart Association’s Power of Legacy Soiree

HOUSTON Nuttin’ But Stringz’ international urban rock violin duo Damien and Tourie Escobar brought music lovers to their their feet Friday night(April 26, 2010) at the Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall. The Emmy award-winning brother’s unique fusion of rock urban hip hop and classical music touched the hearts of nearly 300 people, who gathered in support of the American Heart Association’s Power To End Stroke movement, an initiative that empowers people to reduce their risk for stroke and educates communities on the importance of prevention. In between electrifying sets, the brothers shared their rise from the rough and dangerous streets of Jamaica Queens, NY, as well as their close connection to heart disease. The pair’s mother, aunt and grandparents have all suffered from various forms of heart disease and stroke, while Damien Escobar himself has a murmur that is checked regularly.

200-Damien Escobar, Event Chair Merele Yarborough and Tourie Escobar (Dmoreland Photography)

One hundred percent of the funds raised for the Power of Legacy Soiree, chaired by Merele Yarborough, will directly impact the health initiatives of the African-American community in Houston and increase awareness about the risks, signs and symptoms of stroke, the nation’s number three killer, which impacts African-Americans more than any other ethnic group.

Honorees that evening included: Ralph Holmes of Aetna, Kirk Franklin and Judy and Wayne McConnell, who were recognized for their support of the Power to End Stroke campaign since its inception four years ago. Each of the honorees encouraged the audience to lead by example, and to make a pledge to incorporate simple lifestyle changes into their daily lives, which could significantly reduce the risk of stroke. , “

200-Damien and Brother Tourie (glasses) Nuttin' But Stringz at Houston concert(Dmoreland PHotography)

The evening’s Mistress of Ceremonies was Deborah Duncan of KHOU Channel 11’s Great Day Houston. Others in the crowd included: Anita and Gerald Smith,Larry Payne, Cheryl Solomon, Ericka and Jeff Bagwell, Debbie and Rudy Festari, Audrey and Wardell Gilbreath, Beverly and Jim Postl, Pam andNeil Tofsky, Charles Flournoy, Pam and MichaelStinson and Drs. Crystal and Randall Wright.

About Nuttin’ But Stringz
Teenage brothers, Tourie Escobar and Damien Escobar, who grew up in Queens, NY are a true phenomenon of our musical age. Together, the Escobar brothers 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. Younger brother Damien says, “We play our violins so hard and with such force that we destroy a bow a show!” The older brother describes their urban rock compositions this way, “Our music is based on emotion not lyrics. We tell stories and the violin is our voice.”

At age 10 both were the youngest to attend the legendary Julliard 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 by KOCH Entertainment and NBS Entertainment Inc features their first single “Thunder,” showcasing their raw talent and digs into the soul. Other tracks include “Broken Sorry” and “Dance with my Father.” For more information about NBS visit: www. Nuttinbutstringz.comand their blog @https://nuttinbutstringz.wordpress.com.

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 200607 fiscal year, the association invested more than $152 million to fight stroke. To learn more, call 1-888-4STROKE or visit strokeassociation.org. The Power To End Stroke campaign is supported nationally by the Bristol-Myers Squibb/Sanofi Pharmaceuticals Partnership.

[Editors: For media interviews or images contact Aida Mayo or George Mc Quade, MAYO Communications, Los Angeles, 818-340-5300 or Publicity@MayoCommunications.com.]

For more about the American Heart Assn. contact:

Tiffany Travis, Comm. Dir.
American Heart Association
South Central Affiliate

10060 Buffalo Speedway
Houston, TX 77054
713-610-5041

Ralph and Wanda Homes of Aetna, Corporate Honoree )200-Ralph and Wanda Homes of Aetna, Corporate Honorees. (DMoreland PHotos)

Anita and Gerald Smith at Benefit Concert in Houston for th e American Heart Assn. (DMoreland)

Wayne and Judy Mc Connell at benefit concert. (DMoreland Photography)

Who needs coffee when you can wake up to Nuttin’ But Strinz?

Houston wakes up to the powerful music of Nuttin’ But Stringz -KHOU-TV “Great Day” morning show

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Platinum Selling Urban Rock Violin Duo Nuttin’ But Stringz Brings Nuttin’ But Music and Hope to American Heart Association ***
Nuttin’ But Stringz will perform in a concert Benefit in Houston



               Houston, TX. April 23, 2010 “Nuttin’ But Stringz,”  an international urban rock violin duo sensation, who rocked
the airwaves on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars is scheduled to appear in Houston for the American Heart Assn. on Friday,
April 23, 2010. The fun-filled fundraising event will be held 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).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nu-YI5LNcFw&feature=player_embedded 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 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1MlE_Mo0Jw&feature=related).  Also, on the same day, April 23rd, the popular MTV Unplugged will broadcast a previously record show featuring Nuttin’ But Stringz. 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. For tickets, contact the American Heart Association at 713-610-5010 or visit www.poweroflegacy.blogspot.com.
About the American Stroke AssociationThe 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 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.”          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 image call Aida Mayo or George Mc Quade, 818-340-5300. For more about NBS visit: http://www.Nuttinbutstringz.com and their blog at: https://nuttinbutstringz.wordpress.com and www.twitter.com/nuttinbutbuzz for updates].

Nuttin’ But Stringz brings nothin’ but buzz to Hollywood

Damien and Toure Escobar performed at the White House

The famed Emmy Award-Winning Hip-Hop Violin Duo and composers are set to perform live on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars April 13th”

LOS ANGELES, CA — MAYO Communications has been retained as the agency for record by 8th Note Touring and Move Along Touring, New York to promote Famed Recording Artists “Nuttin’ But Stringz,” for national publicity. Damien and Toure Escobar, of Queens, NY, are schedule to play live on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”, April 13th in Hollywood. The famed Emmy award-winning violin duo was in the top three on NBC’s America’s Got Talent show 2008..

Damien and Tourie Escobar, “Nuttin But Stringz”, began playing New York’s subways when they were little boys and grew up in Queens, New York.

MAYO will provide entertainment publicity and global media relations for the international recording artists, who are on scheduled to appear on the French version of America’s Got Talent in Paris after the live ABC television show Dancing with the Stars.

The urban rock/hip-hop violinists have performed and interviewed with more than 60 different TV shows ie. The Tonight Show w/Jay Leno, Ellen, The Today Show. Noggin’s (Jack’s Big Music Show) to name a few. They have also played for the president of the United States at the White House.

MAYO Communications is no stranger to celebrity events launching TV dramas “Palmetto Point” with Jason Priestly to TV’s “Whittaker Bay” featuring twin sisters Kelly and Sabrina Aldridge from MTV’s reality series, “8th & Ocean, ”in Wilmington, NC.

MAYO also represents Warrior Records, celebrity authors, actors and most recently helped create a media buzz for The 1st Annual Noble Awards, where a dozen charities honored celebrities like Actor Morgan Freeman, Teri Hatcher, Annalynne McCord, Joel Madden, Nicole Ritchie and Emily Bear for noble charity work.

On April 1st, 2010, MAYO did the publicity for the first MAMMOJAM 2010 to benefit Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation to fight breast cancer, where “Dancing with the Stars” Louis Van Amstel and Jonathan Roberts performed live at the Rise Club in Hollywood.

About MAYO Communications & MAYO PR

MAYO Communications, based in LA, with offices in New York, San Diego and Bern, Switzerland, specializes in entertainment, high-tech, business, financial, hospitality, lifestyle branding and social media publicity. Mayo’s niche is media placement, branding and media training. MAYO’s slogan: “We don’t guarantee media, we just get it!”™ For more on MAYO visit: www.MAYOCommunications.com.

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