Cheap TrickThe 2015 edition of Cheap Trick (above) takes the Count Basie Theatre stage this Wednesday — and keyboard wiz Chick Corea teams with banjo master Béla Fleck (below) on Saturday — during a week’s worth of classic rock, country and jazz.

Chick FleckThe two-show Red Bank return of Jackson Browne has long since sold out all available seating for this night and the next — but the well-trod stage of the Count Basie Theatre doesn’t lack for musical heavyweights in the coming evenings; an early-autumn interlude that clicks into place this Wednesday, September 23 with an encore appearance by Midwest-bred powerpopsters Cheap Trick.

The core trio of Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson and Robin Zander — working these days without (still technically a member) founding drummer Bun E. Carlos — have kept themselves busy on the touring circuit since their last Red Bank retrospective of hits and deep-album cuts (a scheduled solo gig by Zander a few seasons back was scrubbed and relocated to the cozier confines of Long Branch’s Brighton Bar). And, when the Tricksters roll into town with Nielsen’s son Daxx on skins, they’ll be playing selections from their latest (2009) studio album The Latest — an effort that was released on CD, vinyl and 8-track tape — as well as highlights from a 40-year career that’s spanned radio-rock perennials (“Surrender,” “I Want You to Want Me,” “Dream Police”), power ballads (“The Flame”), Elvis/ Beatles covers, and the themes from such long-running TV series as That 70s Show and The Colbert Report. Take it here for tickets to the 7:30 pm concert, which range from $49 to a VIP Tour Package ($150) and exclusive Meet and Greet ($250). Then flip the record over for more from the Count.

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Home-Free-Colder-Weather-The-Sing-Off-VideoAbove: The champion vocalists from the NBC show THE SING-OFF come to Red Bank for two Friday night shows…while below, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ben E. King is the “Stand By Me” special guest, during a Saturday benefit concert at Red Bank Regional HS. 

ben-e-king-1337080315-view-0Friday, February 21:

RED BANK: Time was, a hidebound rule of show business stated that people would never pay to attend a live version of something they could see for free on TV each week — but nowhere has that been disproved more than the Count Basie Theatre, the venerable venue that’s regularly booked sold-out events starring some of the most fervently followed singers, comics, emcees, psychics, ghost hunters, dog whisperers, cake bosses and skinnygirls this side of the flat screen. Tonight, the Basie adds another hi-def highlight to the mix, as they host the first-ever touring edition of the hit NBC talent contest The Sing-Off. Home Free, the winners of this past season’s a capella competition, headline a program that also features fellow finalists Voiceplay and The Filharmonics — with a special guest performance by The Princeton University Footnotes. It’s a chance for fans to “be up close and personal with their favorite groups as they perform with no instruments and voices only” — and response has been such that they’ve added a second, earlier show (5:15 pm) to the 8 pm main event. Tickets ($29.50 – $69.50) can be reserved right here.

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