James McCartney, the son of the Beatles’ Paul McCartney, is making a stop May 13 at the Holland Project in Reno. Opening acts include local bands Crush and Fine Motor. The show runs from 8 to 11 p.m. May 13.
The McCartney name was made famous by the Beatles front man Sir Paul McCartney. However, the music of father and son isn't all that similar. James McCartney’s music is more alternative rock with a hint of psychedelic. His most popular song on Spotify is his rendition of “Old Man” by Neil Young, in which he turns up the tempo and adds wails from an electric guitar, which lends a modern rock sense to the song.
Opening for McCartney is Reno alternative-rock band Crush. The first video on the band’s website is called “Pretty Nothings.” The band consists of three male artists all in their early- to mid-20s. The band has played across the West Coast, opening for bands such as RAC in April 2015 and 3OH!3 in August 2014, as well as playing at Birdland Night Club in New York. In January, Crush signed a licensing agreement with Music Playground for its song “Higher.”
Casey Bell and Dan Morse started Fine Motor in Philadelphia but recently relocated to Reno. Bell and Morse have added two new members to the band, Ben Birkinbine and Chris Mays. They are still early in their careers with none of the band members doing music full time. Bell is working toward a master’s degree in creative writing, and the other band members are professors at the University of Nevada, Reno. Morse and Mays are both in the English department and bass player Ben Birkinbine is a journalism professor. The show will be Fine Motor’s first show with all four band mates, and the band will debut new music.
Tickets are on sale for $10.50 online and $12 at the door.