Versatile Jim Basnight Band Comes to WSU July 19

PULLMAN, Wash. — The Seattle-based Jim Basnight Band is coming to Washington State University for two free and public concerts Thursday, July 19.

The first concert will take place from noon-1 p.m. on Glenn Terrell Mall, with a second concert set for 7 p.m. atop the new Holland Library. In case of rain, the performance will be in the Compton Union Building Lair. The CUB food service will sell food at the noon performance. These concerts form part of the summer Music on the Mall series of the university’s Office of Student Programs.

Basnight, founder of the band The Moberlys, has been part of the music industry for 20 years as a singer, guitarist and composer. He is considered one of the pioneers of the original music scene of the `80s in Seattle. The Moberlys then captured the new energy of punk music and combined it with melodic pop beats influenced by groups like The Beatles to create a unique sound. Basnight became part of The Rockinghams trio in the `90s.

The music of the versatile Jim Basnight Band reaches over different styles, from rock-and-roll to jazz, blues and folk. Basnight’s songs are about everything from one-night stands to coffee drinks and accessories in his tune titled “Lattes,” which pokes fun at the coffee craze.

This veteran rocker has performed at many venues with various artists, including Johnny Rivers, The Police, R.E.M., Billy Idol, Suzanne Vega and Violent Femmes. He has made numerous Top 10 and Best of the Year lists and publications like “The Rolling Stone Record Guide,” the “LA Times,” and “Billboard” have praised his talents. His music has been released in the United States and Canada as well as in Germany, Spain, France, Scandinavia, Australia and Japan.

Basnight is also known for his rock-and-roll musical, “Little Rock.” The musical was quite successful in the Northwest and in places like Washington, D.C., Minneapolis and Pittsburgh.

Pure jazz vocalist Julie Silvera will conclude the summer music series with a performance on the mall at noon Thursday, July 26.