With The New Yorker praising his “Middle East-tinged solos over fierce tribal grooves” and BuzzFeed calling himself “a swirling mass of energy” whose “guitar playing is unmatched,” Rock Island's Rozz-Tox hosts a March 4 evening with psychedelic rocker Yonatan Gat, who will demonstrate why a 2013 Village Voice article cited him as “Best Guitarist in New York.”

Two evening concerts boasting no fewer than six ensembles will begin a musical March at Davenport's St. Ambrose University, when the school's Galvin Fine Arts Center hosts four groups of campus and community musicians in the March 2 Winter Vocal Concert, and the Rogalski Center houses another two in the March 3 SAU Jazz Concert.

The latest guest musician and educator in Quad City Arts' Visiting Artist Series, the noted pianist, composer, recording artist, and former Black Hawk College instructor Corey Kendrick will meet with area students and also perform locally in a pair of concerts on March 6 and 9, treating audiences to the talents that led Downbeat Magazine to call Kendrick a “very accomplished, highly gifted jazz pianist,” and IDigJazz.com to deem him “a dynamic interpreter of standards.”

Paintings, sculpture, and encaustic works will be on display in a trio of exhibitions by a quintet of artists, when Quad City Arts and the Quad City International Airport Gallery present March 2 to April 30 showcases for Tilly Woodward, David Zahn, Cindy Lesperance, Carol Hamilton, and Brad Hook.

Described by NoDepression.com as an artist who “will charm the pants off you, even when he's bummed,” the alt-country rocker Cary Branan performs a March 6 Moeller Nights concert in support of his most recent album Adios, which inspired Pitchfork.com to write, “Branan's latest set of countrified rock tunes may be his best to date,” finding “the right balance between audacity and subtlety, between humor and heartbreak.”

One of the Quad Cities' most eagerly anticipated sales events returns to Rock Island's QCCA Expo Center March 2 through 4, as Melting Pot Productions presents the 24th Annual Spring Antique Spectacular Vintage Market, allowing hunters of vintage goods an all-weekend opportunity to shop for a wide range of quality antiques.

Performing what Acoustic Guitar magazine described as an “exhilarating all-acoustic swirl” of bluegrass, hip-hop, and gypsy jazz, the North Carolina-based Jon Stickley Trio plays Davenport's Redstone Room on March 2, sharing invigorating tunes that finds their inspiration in musicians as diverse as Green Day, Duran Duran, the Grateful Dead, and Nirvana.

More than a dozel local, regional, and national speakers will deliver live and video presentations in the March 7 TEDxDavenport Conference at the Figge Art Museum, a networking event themed “Limitless” that will join open-minded idea-seekers in a half-day exploration of unique experiences designed to inspire, inform, and challenge.

Continuing this season's presentation of thrilling works that debuted across the Atlantic, conductor Mark Russell Smith leads the Quad City Symphony Orchestra in the ensemble's Masterworks V: Postcards from Germany & Austria, a program boasting legendary composers and a special solo by violinist and QCSO Concertmaster Naha Greenholtz.

Presented at Moline's Black Box Theatre in the style of a radio play complete with live music, sound effects, and actors with scripts in hand, three new episodes of the locally produced podcast All You Care to Eat will be performed by the area troupe Comedy Thingy on February 24 and taped in front of a live “studio” audience.

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