As the pre-eminent Paul McCartney tribute artist in Japan, and member of renowned Beatles tribute the Silver Beats, Tadaaki Naganuma has spent several decades digging deep into the heart of McCartney’s art. By this point, he’s got it down cold – from the achingly melodic bass playing to the pitch-perfect vocal harmonies, the killer screams to the wide- eyed, balladic emoting.
While a member of the Silver Beats, Naganuma was honored to be hand-picked by the Killers to open 10 dates during that band’s 2008 world tour, which included stops at the fabled Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and New York City’s Madison Square Garden. In the time since, he’s dug deep into McCartney’s oft-overlooked solo material.
Last year, Naganuma and longtime friend and collaborator Geno McManus teamed with a host of Buffalo’s finest musicians to stage an all-McCartney revue at the Sportsmen’s Tavern. The euphoric event sold out and was rabidly received by those in attendance. Naganuma, McManus and friends including Cathy Carfagna, Rob Lynch, Jim Whitford and Mike Bongiovanni, will return to the Sportsmen’s (326 Amherst St.) for an 8 p.m. show today. Expect plenty of solo and Beatles-era material. Tickets are $15 (Showclix.com, or at the door).
– Jeff Miers