Having played music icon Jerry Lee Lewis in more than 2,500 performances of the Tony-winning Million Dollar Baby at Chicago's Apollo Theatre, touring sensation Lance Lipinsky brings his high-wire talents to Galesburg's Ohnward Fine Arts Center in the March 24 concert event Rock Baby Rock, an explosive, piano-pumping performance showcasing musical influences of the 1940s, '50s, and '60s.

In the latest big-screen event in its World Adventure Series, the Putnam Museum & Science Center will explore one of the most beautiful, contentious, and frequently misunderstood regions on Earth in the documentary The Promised Land: Adventures in the Middle East, its two March 27 screenings followed by Q&A sessions with the film's writer/director Rick Ray.

On March 23, two Windy City quartets take the stage for one exhilarating Redstone Room concert, when the Chicago-based jam bands EGi and Chachuba perform a dual-headliner set on spring tours held in support of the former's latest album and the latter's album debut.

* Paisley's show was cancelled on March 23 due to potential inclement weather.

One of the 21st Century's most iconic country-music superstars brings his “Weekend Warrior World Tour” to Moline's TaxSlayer Center on March 24, as singer/songwriter Brad Paisley shares the chart-topping talents that have earned him no fewer than 14 Academy of County Music (ACM) Awards, five of them for Top Male Vocalist of the Year.

Hosted by the Midwest Writing Center, the latest presentation in the Brown Bag Luncheon Discussion series finds area filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films speaking on “Writing for the Screen,” delivering a March 15 overview on writing for their documentary film projects and new narrative film Sons & Daughters of Thunder, based on a play by Earlene Hawley.

With their 2016 Little Seeds described by The Guardian as “reflective and exhuberant” and “an outstanding album,” married singer/songwriters Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst perform a March 17 Moeller Nights concert at Davenport's The Stardust, sharing the indie-folk talents that led Rolling Stone to praise the duo's “inimitable vocal harmonies” and combined ability “to find joy in unexpected places.”

After years of presenting theatrical productions only in the summer months, Eldridge's Countryside Community Theatre opens its 2018 season with a show for spring, with Tony-nominated composer Stephen Schwartz's biblical-musical smash Godspell enjoying a March 16 through 25 run at Princeton's Boll's Community Center.

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.”