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Music roundup: NEEDTOBREATHE plans Dec. 7 show at Milwaukee's Turner Hall

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By Bill Livick/Special to The Gazette
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Cam'ron, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, Turner Hall Ballroom, 1040 N. Fourth St., Milwaukee. Tickets: $22-$25. Call 414-286-3663.

Cameron Giles, who goes by his stage name Cam'ron, is a rap artist from Harlem, New York. He has released nine albums since his 1998 debut, “Confessions of Fire,” which sold more than a half-million copies, according to his website.

Giles, also an actor and entrepreneur, is the leader of the East Coast hip-hop group The Diplomats (sometimes known as Dipset). He also performs as a member of the duo U.N. (Us Now) and was part of the group Children of the Corn before it disbanded in 1997.

After leaving Children of the Corn, he embarked on a highly successful solo career that has included his latest album, “Killa Pink,” released this year. In addition to nine solo albums, Giles also has appeared in seven films.

NEEDTOBREATHE, 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, Turner Hall Ballroom, 1040 N. Fourth St., Milwaukee. For tickets, call 414-286-3663.

The South Carolina-based band comes to Milwaukee with its combination of rock and folk, country and blues in a sound that is reminiscent of international stars Mumford and Sons.

NEEDTOBREATHE writes and records music based on Christian themes and, with its latest album, “Hard Love,” is pushing the boundaries of American rock 'n' roll with a variety of influences that includes rock, pop and synth. The album has received critical acclaim, and music critics have said it was one of the best albums of 2016.

The band was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award in the category Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for its song “Multiplied,” from its 2014 album “Rivers in the Wasteland.”

Formed in 1999 by brothers Bo and Bear Rinehart and their childhood friends, the band has long been popular in the Southeast and has a fan base that is growing nationwide. The group has released six studio albums, beginning in 2006, and has won a host of gospel music awards.

In 2001, the band independently released an 11-song album and in 2004 followed with two four-song EPs.

Damien Escobar, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, Turner Hall Ballroom, 1040 N. Fourth St., Milwaukee. Tickets: $41.25-$61.25. Call 414-286-3663.

Violinist Damien Escobar is expected to perform material from his solo album “Boundless” when he comes to Milwaukee next weekend. The album was released in March.

Escobar was raised in Queens, New York, and was accepted to the Juilliard School of Music at age 10—becoming the youngest student ever accepted. He graduated three years later.

Escobar and his brother, Tourie (also a violinist), worked as street musicians playing at Grand Central Station in the 1990s and early 2000s. In 2003, the brothers formed a duo, Nuttin' But Stringz, and won a talent context at the Apollo Theater in 2005. In 2006, they appeared the film “Step Up,” and two years later took third place in the 2008 season of “America's Got Talent.”

The duo was invited to perform at the first inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2009. In 2012, Escobar “retired” from performing and got his real estate license. After working a short while in real estate, he slipped into a depression and eventual homelessness but rebounded to launch a solo career the following year.

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Escobar explained he'd lost sight of why he began playing music and loving the violin.
“It got to a point where it was all about the money,” he said. “I had to get a way from the instrument to realize how important it is in raising people's spirits and making them happy.”

In 2013, Escobar went on the “I Am Me” tour in order to promote his comeback. He released his first solo album, “Sensual Melodies,” in 2014, the same year he authored an autobiographical children's book, “The Sound of Strings.”

Escobar released his first pop single, “Freedom,” in September 2015. The next year he released another single, “Get Up and Dance,” which mixed Latin rhythms with funk and soul.

Jeffrey Foucault and Kris Delmhorst, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, Stoughton Opera House, 381 E. Main St., Stoughton. Tickets: $25. Call 608-877-4400.

Whitewater native Jeffrey Foucault is a rare talent whose songs are essentially concise impressionistic poems. His talent on guitar and vocals supports his writing and elevates it to fine art, with songs that pull you in like intriguing works of short fiction.

Foucault has released nine solo studio albums, one live album recorded at Café Carpe in Fort Atkinson, and he has produced albums for three other artists.

Foucault began performing as a student at UW-Madison, where he graduated in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in history. He learned how to perform on stage at Cafe Carpe, and club owner Bill Camplin recorded some of Foucault's first songs in the late 1990s.

On Dec. 8, Foucault will perform with his wife, Kris Delmhorst, a singer-songwriter from Brooklyn, New York, who has released eight full-length solo albums and two EPs. Her songs are filled with vivid imagery and tender melodies that fit her voice perfectly.

Delmhorst has recorded vocals, fiddle and cello on more than 50 albums from artists such as Peter Wolf, Mary Gauthier, Chris Smither and Lori McKenna. Foucault and Delmhorst also are members of an occasional trio, Redbird, that includes Milwaukee singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey.



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