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.”

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.”

A chart-topping country singer/songwriter, vocal coach on TV's The Voice, and, according to People magazine, 2017's “Sexiest Man Alive” hits Moline's TaxSlayer Center on February 23 in a concert with recording phenomenon Blake Shelton, who will treat fans to hits ranging from his self-titled 2001 debut to his Texoma Shore smash from this past November.

With his most recent release The Heart described by RenownedForSound.com as “a deeply personal, sentimental, and intimate album that shines through its musical simplicity and emotional perceptivenes,” acoustic surf rocker Donavon Frankenreiter plays Davenport's Redstone Room on February 27, treating audiences to tuneful, upbeat songs that MusicFarm.com calls “hard not to sing and dance along with.”

A celebration of composers and songs from across the Atlantic Ocean, Music of the Deep North II, the wintertime concert by the professional vocal ensemble the Nova Singers, will treat audiences to moving and exciting arrangements of Baltic and Scandinavian works when performed February 17 at Galesburg's First Lutheran Church, and February 18 at Davenport's St. Paul Lutheran Church.

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