City Winery stage a good fit for James McCartney

2013-08-05T16:45:00Z 2013-08-05T17:44:26Z City Winery stage a good fit for James McCartneyEloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, (219) 933-3365 nwitimes.com

James McCartney once again brought his show to the Windy City delivering a 90-minute concert starring tunes from his first full-length album "Me."

The musician, who is the only son of Beatles legend Paul McCartney and late wife Linda, was last in the Chicago area in May when he performed at Schubas. McCartney is near the end of his 47-date U.S. tour, which also travels to the Netherlands and Denmark in the next few weeks.

McCartney's show, featuring him on the acoustic guitar with a couple of songs played on the piano, was a relaxed, intimate concert which showcased the singer/songwriter's creative, sensitive way with a tune. The intimate environment at City Winery was conducive to McCartney's material. Audience members, who were seated at tables, also had the opportunity to order from the venue's menu prior to the show.

The concert included a great deal of the tunes from "Me," as well as some from McCartney's "The Complete EP Collection." This second Chicago show saw the musician with a more comfortable demeanor than his previous Chicago show. During the concert, he told audience members he wasn't much for talking between songs and for the most part simply introduced tunes by name. He explained a couple of the songs, though, and what inspired them.

On the playlist were "You and Me Individually," "Wisteria," "Mexico," "Strong as You Are," "Glisten," and a poignant version of Neil Young's "Old Man." For more information on McCartney, visit jamesmccartney.com

FYI: On a Beatle Paul note, Fab Four fans in the region will want to check out Beatles Fest 2013 in downtown Hammond from 3:30 to 11 p.m. Aug. 10. An online  pre-sale for a $10  all-day pass ends at midnight Thursday. The event will include live entertainment, food, children's magic show and more. For more information, visit BeatlesFest2013.com. And more fab news: This weekend also finds the annual Fest for Beatles Fans at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare on Aug. 9, 10 and 11. The fest will feature musicians, Beatles experts, authors, photographers, memorabilia vendors and more. Sixties duo Chad and Jeremy and Billy J. Kramer will appear at The Fest for Beatles fans. Visit thefest.com.

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