The worlds of literature and music will blend in unique fashion on March 16 when Chamber Music Quad Cities hosts its Trinity Episcopal Cathedral presentation “An Evening with Nathan Hill,” with some of the ensemble's premiere talents performing thematically related compositions while Hill reads passages from his debut novel The Nix, a work cited by Entertainment Weekly as the best book of 2016.

Armed with chart-topping success, three Grammy Award nominations, and a professional touring history of nearly four decades, the progressive rockers of Queensrÿche play a special concert event at the Rhythm City Casino Resort on March 17, playing new releases from their current studio album The Verdict as well as hits including “Jet City Woman,” “Another Rainy Night (Without You),” and the signature smash “Silent Lucidity.”

March 17 would mark the 100th birthday of the late, great jazz legend Nat King Cole, and in recognition of this historic date in music history, Polyrhythms' Third Sunday Jazz Series will present a thrilling salute to the artist in the Redstone Room's “A Tribute to Nat King Cole,” a March 17 celebration of the artist's output led by the area jazz greats of the Tony Sconyers Quintet.

Revered for such chart-topping singles as “Breath,” “I Will Now Bow,” “Failure,” “Angels Fall,” and last year's “Torn in Two,” the heavy-metal rockers of Breaking Benjamin take the stage at Moline's TaxSlayer Center on March 20 in support of their 2018 album Ember, a release that, according to Loudwire, finds the artists “proving that they're better (and, yes, heavier) than ever with plenty left to say.”

Rozz Tox links up Cave Light and Harakiri, a pair of Minnesotan indie/psych-rock bands, with Quad Cities-based openers Condor & Jaybird and Bold Little Airwave on March 20.

With Juilliard School chairman Raymond Mase calling them “an outstanding young group bringing fresh ideas to brass chamber music,” the five gifted musicians of the Gaudete Brass Quinet deliver a trio of Quad City Visiting Artist performances on March 5 and 8, demonstrating why Time Out Chicago praised the group's “individual player prowess convincingly consolidated into a pentagram of tonal color.”

Nominated for more than a dozen Grammy Awards and winner of three Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, singing/songwriting superstar and Grand Ole Opry member Dierks Bentley brings his “Burning Man Tour” to Moline's TaxSlayer Center on March 7, performing mere months after landing a chart-topping album in The Mountain and chart-topping singles in “Women, Amen” and “Burning Man.”

Best known as the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and founding member of the alternative-metal band Staind, Aaron Lewis brings his outspokenness, outlaw-country tunes, and impassioned live show to Davenport's Adler Theatre on March 10 in support of the April release of his latest solo album State I'm In, the singer/songwriter's previous recording Sinner having topped Billboard's U.S. Country chart in 2016.

KISS, March 10

After nearly a half-century of live performances and 2014 induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the legendary rockers of KISS finally reach their figurative end of the road in their fittingly named “End of the Road World Tour,” which makes its long-awaited stop at Moline's TaxSlayer Center on March 10.

Deemed “bluegrass superstars” by the New York Times and lauded by Bluegrass Unlimited for their “lead vocals, brother-duet harmony, instrumental virtuosity, ensemble sensibilities, and great original material,” The Gibson Brothers bring sibling-led bluegrass, country, and gospel pizzazz to Davenport's Redstone Room on March 8, their most recent release Mockingbird described by PopMatters.com as “akin to a musical time capsule, fully ensconcing listeners into the genre's heyday.”

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