Violinist Damien Escobar Brings Energy and Showmanship to House of Blues Concert

Damien Escobar is a violinist from New York City and was previously in a group with his older brother Tourie called Nuttin’ But Stringz. Starting out as street performers, the duo soon found themselves winning talent contests at the Apollo Theater, appearing in movies (2006’s Step Up), on television shows (NBC’s America’s Got Talent) and even performing at President Obama’s inauguration in 2009.

The duo separated in 2012, and Escobar spent a short period of time as a real estate broker before returning to music as a solo artist. Escobar’s musical style has been described by some as a mix of classical, jazz, pop, R&B, and hip hop.

While Escobar’s Heart and Soul tour made its way to the House of Blues last night on a chilly Tuesday evening in Cleveland, the atmosphere was anything but frigid inside. The crowd was a mixture of parents and children, couples and classical music enthusiasts alike. After an opening performance from Pittsburgh’s Lyndsey Smith & Soul Distribution, Escobar was set to take to the stage.
You can see photos from the concert here.