A notable musician from the Pacific Northwest has two upcoming shows on Whidbey Island.
Rock and roller Jim Basnight is playing at Bailey’s Corner Store in Clinton at 7 p.m. on Aug. 13 and at Skein and Tipple in Clinton at 6 p.m. on Sep. 9.
Basnight currently lives in Indianola, Washington. He grew up in Seattle but has also lived in New York City and Los Angeles. He moved back to the Puget Sound region in 1992.
“One thing led to another and nine albums and a ton of gigs in the Northwest later, here I am,” he laughed.
Basnight was the frontman for the Moberlys from 1978 to 1980, a Seattle power pop band that recorded four albums and opened for the Ramones.
“I’m 65 years old, which people think is kind of ridiculous that I’m a rock and roller, but that’s what I am,” he said.
Up until COVID, he played an average of about 200 shows a year. Basnight has no intention of slowing down anytime soon, saying he plans to continue touring until he’s 100.
Basnight first found out about Bailey’s Corner through a Whidbey Island resident and Bailey’s regular, Steve Hudziak, who used to manage a bar in Seattle called the Rainbow Tavern where the Moberlys performed.
Basnight said he’s had great experiences playing on Whidbey Island in the past and is particularly excited about playing at Skein and Tipple again. He said he’s heard “great things” about Bailey’s Corner.
Basnight wants anyone who loves music to come to his upcoming Whidbey Island shows.