The Speakeasy in downtown Rock Island is excited to welcome back Bottoms Up Burlesque to the stage this weekend with two all new shows!  On Friday night the members of the recently completed Bottoms Up school of Burlesque will be showcasing what they have learned in their very own show!  On Saturday, the show cast returns with all the performers you love in a show like never before – Burlesque Roulette!  The performers won’t have idea what number they will be performing to until the show emcee spins the wheel to determine their song.  “We are really excited about these two shows” said Brett Hitchcock – Director of Audience Development.  “The student showcase is a great time!  To watch the excitement of those students getting on stage for the first time in front of an audience is quite an experience!  We are also very excited about the roulette show.  It’s like introducing an improv element to the show since the performers don’t have months to put together their routine like a normal show.  They will have just minutes from the time they find out what song  they will be performing to until they’re on stage!”

Tickets for both shows can be reserved by calling the Circa ‘21 ticket office at 309-786-7733, Extension 2 or online at  Tickets for this weekends shows are  $10 per person in advance and $12 the day of.   You are encouraged to reserve early as both of these show are expected to sell out!

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to celebrate another year of graduates from the Bottoms Up School of Burlesque. Join us Friday August 18th for the Student Showcase!  These lovely ladies have been studying under some of your favorite performers but now it’s their turn to show what they’ve learned and what they’ve got! Cheer on these empowered students and show your support for the art of burlesque at this one night only event!

What’s more fun that a walk on the wild side? Well if you’re a burlesque performer you already spend most of your time wild! The only thing that can make it wilder is the element of surprise and danger! That’s why Bottoms Up Quad City Burlesque will be performing their very first Burlesque Roulette show! The burlesque performers you know and love will be taking the stage with a song randomly selected by the spin of a roulette wheel! From rock, country, rap, and even joke songs on the wheel, fate will decide what’s in store for the audience! This is a one night only event on Saturday August 19th.

Don’t miss  your chance this weekend to see these two ALL NEW burlesque shows by the area’s only full time performing burlesque troupe this weekend!  Call 309-786-7733, Ext. 2 or online at to reserve today!


Sean Leary is an author, director, artist, musician, producer and entrepreneur who has been writing professionally since debuting at age 11 in the pages of the Comics Buyers Guide. An honors graduate of the University of Southern California masters program, he has written over 50 books including the best-sellers The Arimathean, Every Number is Lucky to Someone and We Are All Characters.