Blues Listening Party with Mark Hoffman, Jim Basnight, & Steve Franz
Past Event

Join us for a blues listening party in BIMA’s Frank Buxton Auditorium with blues aficionados Steve Franz, Jim Basnight, and Mark Hoffman.

Admission is free, no reservation required.


Mark Hoffman has written for Living BluesBlue Suede News, and the Seattle Weekly. He was the chief consultant on The Howlin’ Wolf Story: The Secret History of Rock & Roll. He is the co-author of Moanin’ at Midnight: The Life and Times of Howlin’ Wolf, which was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2008 as a “classic in blues literature.” He lives on Bainbridge Island.


Jim Basnight has spent the last 8 years co-researching a biography and documentary film of the life story and musical legacy of blues master “Sonny Boy Williamson” (Alex “Rice” Miller 1913-65). Subjects interviewed for that project include Buddy Guy, BB King, Robert Plant, Marshall Chess and Charlie Musselwhite.

Jim has shared the stage with original members of Guns and Roses, Janes Addiction, Blondie, Yes, The Monkees, Nirvana, REM, Pearl Jam, Paul Revere and the Raiders and Madonna, and produced or co-produced shows with Quiet Riot, Charley Pride, Lou Rawls, Crystal Gayle, Ronnie Milsap, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Gordon Lightfoot and Firesign Theater. He has appeared on radio and television and on bills with the Ramones, the Police, Suzanne Vega, the Romantics, Billy Idol, the Smithereens, the Band and was a member of Meyce, the Moberlys and the Rockinghams.


Steve Franz graduated from the University of Memphis with a Master’s degree in Ethnomusicology. He is the author of “The Amazing Secret History of Elmore James,” which was translated into Japanese in 2006, and selected as one of the “100 Books Every Blues Fan Should Own.” For the past decade, he has been the host and independent producer of the critically acclaimed and nationally syndicated radio show Blues Unlimited, which focuses on the history, heritage and rich cultural traditions of the blues. Three volumes of “Blues Unlimited: The Complete Radio Show Transcripts” will be available in the spring of 2019.


Jul 14, 2019
1:00pm – 2:00pm


Frank Buxton Auditorium


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