You could be the opening act for Mandy Harvey & Preacher Lawson!

Video Submission Deadline: Thursday, February 22


Gilda’s Club Quad Cities’ Intimate Conversations Series will be hosting Mandy Harvey and Preacher Lawson at our annual event on Friday, April 6. Lawson, a comedian from Orlando, Florida, was a 2017 top 10 finalist on America’s Got Talent while Harvey took 4th place on the same stage as she used her ukulele to perform original songs during the competition.

Do you have what it takes to be their opening act? We are currently on the hunt for the Quad Cities Best Talent to take the stage before Harvey and Lawson and are accepting video submissions, along with a $5 submission fee, until Thursday, February 22. After 8 finalists have been chosen by our judging panel listed below, voting ($1 per vote) will take place from March 1 – April 4 with the winner being announced on April 5.

This event is made possible, thanks to our sponsors: The Genesis Cancer Care Institute, WQAD News 8, Wells Fargo and Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy.  Please visit for full event details and tickets.  Interested in being a sponsor for this event or donating a basket for our raffle? Please contact Stevie Lorenz, Development Director, at or 563-326-7504 for more information.

Thank you to the following individuals for being a part of the Talent Search Committee and Judging Panel. Videos will be judged based on the following criteria: entertainment value, how your talent will translate to the big stage, professionalism and proficiency.

  • Patrick Adamson — ComedySportz
  • Heather Beach — Dead Weeds Pictures
  • Angie Champlin — performing arts community
  • Bret Dale — RME
  • Jessica Denney — QC Theatre Workshop
  • Greg Hipskind –QC Rock Academy
  • Cindy Ramos–New Ground Theatre
  • Terri Smith — Quad Cities Chamber

Thank you also to Mike Ossian from Dead Weeds Pictures for volunteering graphic design work.