ME Keb NorahClockwise from top left: Melissa Etheridge returns to the Count Basie stage on her ME tour, with fellow Grammy winners Keb’ Mo’ and Norah Jones cued up for nights to come.

While much of the big-name concert action may have moved outdoors and/or closer to the shore this time of year, Red Bank’s climate-controlled Count Basie Theatre continues to stay competitive with the arts centers and temporary summer stages of the region, offering a dependably eclectic shuffle in the seven-day interval ahead – and little to no chance of t-storms, gnats or heat waves to harsh one’s musical mellow.

It’s a mix that keynotes with the return of Melissa Etheridge to the venerable venue Wednesday night, followed in short order by other favorites of the summer tour circuit.

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