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5 Awesome Quad Cities Weekends in March
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5 Awesome Quad Cities Weekends in March

This March is extra special. Not only are we warming up for festival season, but we have an amazing, astounding, FIVE awesome weekends of music and art in the Quad City area!

Weekend 1

This is the tail-end of QC Restaurant Week, so get a taste of some of the area’s best restaurants while you’re out.

The last time the Cerny Brothers were home, their show sold out, so they decided to come back again this weekend for a twofer. On Friday, March 2nd, they'll play with Airpark and Cady Groves at the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar and Raccoon Motel. Then, on Saturday, March 3rd, they'll play another show, but all by their lonesome. So stop in and say, "hi." They're pretty cool dudes. And Irish Whiskey is $1 off on both nights.

If you want to try something different on March 3rd, head up to Codfish Hollow (which is actually outside of Maquoketa – not quite in the Quad City area) for their pre-season kickoff: a special Basementstormer show featuring Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts with openers The Bees! This will be a more intimate show in the basement of the farmhouse as opposed to the blowouts we’re used to on the big barn stage.

Please note: there is no camping during house shows. The cows are in that pasture, and they’re not down with overnight guests. Barnstormer shows begin in April

Weekend 2

On Friday, March 9, Chicago psych-rock favorites Post Animal will play at Daytrotter with local experiential experimentalists Condor and Jaybird and Michigan’s Slow Pulp. You might know Post Animal from Daytrotter Downs 2017, where their performance was well received. Or maybe you keep hearing about them because Steve from Stranger Things sometimes plays with them and he can’t say enough good things. It doesn't really matter; it’s going to be a legendary show – one that your grandkids will ask about. What will you tell them?!

Weekend 3

Saturday, March 17 is, of course, Saint Patrick’s Day, and Shovels and Rope will headline The Stardust's first major show. Be among the first to see this venue in action. Will it become an area staple? Is it the harbinger of a successful east end entertainment district?

Great River Brewery will tap their Irish Stout for the first time that day, as well. You might want to stop in for a pint before Shovels and Rope. And if you do…

On Sunday, March 18, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to do much more than eat brunch and maybe take a stroll. Be sure to visit the Figge Art Museum for their exhibit of Young Artists at the Figge, where area kids get to show their work and learn about what we all gain from lifelong practice and appreciation of art. 

Weekend 4

Davenport’s Star Dog Gallery has been closed for remodeling, but on Friday, March 23, they will open their doors to the public once again. Stop in to see what’s new and celebrate the gallery’s FIFTH anniversary(!) with plenty of new art as well as food and drink. New floors, lighting, plus some additional square footage will give you lots to look at.

On Saturday, March 24, the Davenport Public Library is having – no joke – a Golden Girls Party. I have no idea what’s going to happen but offer my full support.

Weekend 5

Friday, March 30 The Triple Crown Whiskey Bar and Raccoon Motel celebrate its FIRST anniversary! This is going to be a major event, so get tickets asap to see Forrest Kline (of Hellogoodbye) and Dent May, who are flying in for a very special show.

Finally, to close out the month: Quad Cities Comic Con is coming to the Hampton Inn and Suites out by the airport on Saturday, March 31. You may be thinking "one of these things is not like the others," but the con deserves a mention here. Even among its own kind, it's an underdog because unlike many cons of a similar ilk, this one focuses on comics first as opposed to popular nerd culture. Jason Momoa won't be there, but you will find earnest fans and an impromptu Magic: The Gathering® tournament.

So enjoy this month. It’s going to be the best March ever. Start marking your calendar now.

Photo: Condor and Jaybird perform at Daytrotter on August 25, 2017, M. N. Hanson.

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