The Blacklist to perform at Freight House

Posted Online: Feb. 13, 2014, 5:37 pm
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By Jonathan Turner,
Typically based in Rock Island, The Blacklist will bring its uncensored improvisational comedy to Davenport this Saturday and next, teaming up with Nostalgia Farms' Fresh Deli and the Front Street Brewery Tap Room at the Freight House complex, 421 W. River Drive.

"Live comedy entertainment hasn't been at The Freight House venue for more than three years, and the space has such a fantastic view and neighboring businesses to visit. It just seemed like a great place to put on a show," said George Strader, Blacklist owner and performer. The former Penguins Comedy Club closed there in 2010.

The Blacklist, which performs regularly at The Circa '21 Speakeasy in downtown Rock Island, has the next two weekends off due to Bottoms Up Burlesque's "Soul Train" shows occupying the space.

The Saturday early show will be "100 Laughs" (the signature show from The Blacklist), in which the R-rated show doesn't stop until The Blacklist tallies 100 audience laughs. Along the way, there will be different games that the audience, has complete control of, Mr. Strader said.

Doors for "100 Laughs" open at 6 p.m., with the show at 7. Tickets are $10.

The late show will be "Shots 'n Giggles," which brings improv comedy and drinking games crashing together. A lot like watching a car wreck, performers will "astound you as they do their best to remain in control and on the ball as the shots keep coming and the laughs keep flowing," Mr. Strader said.

"Shots 'n Giggles" is strictly for audiences 21 and older. Stand-up comedians take the stage at 9 p.m. and The Blacklist is on at 10 p.m. Tickets are $12.

Tickets for all shows (between Fresh Deli and Front Street) are available at or at the door. Seats are limited, so reservations are recommended.

The Bottoms Up Quad City Burlesque shows are 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday, plus Feb. 21 and 22, at The Speakeasy, 1818 3rd Ave., Rock Island.

Joshua Kahn and Wayne Lyter host the event, featuring ladies from Bottoms Up performing to the R&B, hip-hop, soul, and other hit music featured on " Soul Train."

Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door, and are available at 309-786-7733, ext. 2.


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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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