Today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit runs down a particularly action-packed week of Christmas-themed music at the Count Basie Theatre — with Santa Basie workshopping a six-day schedule that begins with a Tuesday/Wednesday stand by Tim McLoone (right) and the wondrous wall of sound that is Holiday Express.

It’s an engagement that’s followed in short order by a Christmas gift from Ronnie Spector and Darlene Love (Thursday), the fourth annual Christmas concert by Middletown’s globe-trotting Christian artist Nancy Scharff (Friday), the nineteenth Xmas Xtravaganza starring Glen Burtnik (Saturday), and a tradition without which it just wouldn’t be Christmas in Red Bank — the  Monmouth Civic Chorus performing Handel’s Messiah in concert on Sunday.


But that’s not all. Order in the next ten minutes and we’ll throw in the details on the return of art dealer Emily Asher Neiman (left) to the banks of the Navesink, as Emily and some well-known artist friends set up shop at the Front Street space formerly occupied by DesignFront. It’s a limited-time run that’s keyonoted on Thursday evening with a reception and benefit for the borough-based nonprofit Where Peace Lives.

It’s all here, as we help you sort out a hectic week of frantic fundraising, holiday heck-raising and maybe even a bluesy barn-raising, right here in Red Bank oRBit!