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.

Serving as the latest stop on the musician's “Hits Deep Tour,” Moline's TaxSlayer Center hosts a February 24 concert with the Grammy-winning, chart-topping TobyMac, whose 13-album discography has made him one of the best-selling artists in contemporary-Christian and hip-hop history.

For the second year in a row, the Center for Living Arts, the Penguin Project of the Quad Cities, and Augustana College's theatre department are teaming up to help turn kids into stage stars, which they'll do in the February 23 through March 4 Brunner Theatre Center run of Beauty & the Beast Jr. – a production that boasts a cast composed entirely of talented youths with special needs.

Global issues of gender oppression, shifting roles, social justice, and more will be explored in the Bettendorf Public Library's latest presentation by the World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities, with the February 27 lecture “Between the Covers: Shaping Feminism in Bangladesh & India” delivered by Augustana College's Associate Professor of English Umme Al-Wazedi.

Performing in support of their self-titled, critically lauded 2017 album, the Canadian power-pop ensemble Sam Coffey & the Irons Lungs perform a February 26 Moeller Nights concert in downtown Davenport, demonstrating why Spill magazine wrote that the musicians “seamlessly sit in a spot that connects modern-indie and post-rock textures with the style of punk rock greats of yesterday and the flair of glam rockers from the early 1970s.”

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