Singer/songwriter Tinsley Ellis' January release Winning Hand was lauded by NoDepression.com for “combining soulful vocals with with an aggressive guitar attack acquired from a variety of raucous bluesmen and rockers,” and in the Restone Room's March 16 concert, audiences will sense why, according to Billboard, “nobody has released more consistently excellent blues albums than Atlanta's Tinsley Ellis.”

Two of the most successful and enduring acts in the history of rock will share a local stage on the evening of St. Patrick Day, as Moline's TaxSlayer Center hosts a March 17 concert featuring co-headliners REO Speedwagon and Styx – rock-'n'-roll legends who will be joined by guitarist Don Felder of the equally iconic band The Eagles.

With their 2016 album Down in Heaven described by Pitchfork.com as “a casual, charmingly low-key set of kitchen-table blues, slow-dance serenades, and unplugged power pop,” the Chicago-based rockers of Twin Peaks perform a March 16 Moeller Nights concert at the Village Theatre, demonstrating why music site TheLineOfBestFit.com raved, “Twin Peaks have become not just one of the most exciting young bands in the Chicago music scene, but in the entire rock landscape.”

One of the most significant forces in gospel, pop, and Christian rock takes the Adler Theatre stage on March 16 when Michael W. Smith appears locally in his “Surrounded by a Million Lights World Tour,” sharing the talents that have made the artist an international sensation and recipient of an incredible 45 Dove Awards.

Described by RogerEbert.com as “a unique documentary spectacle” and the New York Times as “cooling to the mind and soothing to the spirit,” directors Marc J. Francis' and Max Pugh's Walk with Me will enjoy special Figge Art Museum screenings on March 15 and 24, giving viewers unique insight into the legacy of Buddhish monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanha man nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

An area jazz great and instructor at the University of Iowa will be the gifted headliner in the latest Polyrhythms Third Sunday Jazz Series concert at Davenport's Redstone Room – a March 18 evening with the Steve Grismore Trio featuring vocalist Grismore on guitar, Danny Oline on bass, Fabio Augustinis on drums, and standards and originals played in the styles of Keith Jarrett, Kenny Burrell, Grant Green, and George Benson.

In the first exhibition by Augustana College faculty since 2014, Material Conversations – on display at the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art from March 10 through April 7 – will showcase works produced in a multitude of media and spanning various topics including life, identity, and the universe, perfectly underscoring the falsehood behind the phrase “those who can't do, teach.”

Although best known for his fast-paced verbal slapsticks, Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning playwright Neil Simon has also exposed a more serious side in such works as Brighton Beach Memoirs, Broadway Bound, and Lost in Yonkers, and Simon's knack for both comedy and drama will be on display in Playcrafters' March 9 through 18 staging of Proposals, a work the Houston Press called “gentle and warm, like a late August breeze ruffling the leaves.”

Beginning March 10 and lasting through April 28, Bettendorf's Beréskin Gallery & Art Academy will be aglow with the outdoor photography of Czech Republic native Radim Schreiber, whose works will light up the venue in the haunting and beautiful exhibit The Magical Glow of Fireflies.

Hosted by Davenport's River Action and named in honor of Henry W. Farnam, the chief builder of the Chicago & Rock Island Railroad, the Quad Cities' Farnam Dinners are annual tributes to historically signifcant citizens and events, and this year's celebration – taking place at Jumer's Casino & Hotel on March 9 – will salute Illinois' 200th year of statehood, as well as the 200th anniversary of Kaskaskia being named Illinois' very first capital.

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