Week #7 of The Open Mic Competition Summer edition 2015 was a blast at our new location and night of the week- TUESDAYS at SCHMIDY’S TAVERN in Palm Desert. We have such an amazing audience who cheered for their favorites of 15 fantastic performances and for audience giveaways! 1st, 2nd and 3rd places all won fantastic prizes and every performer really gave it their all! We missed DJ Alex Updike this week, but he’ll be back next week to rock the house in between performances! Once each musician showed off their best music and the judge vote (50%) was tallied and added to the audience applause score (50%), it was Lance Riebsomer who bested the competition and took home 1st place and movie tickets to the Mary Pickford Theatre. Lance will now be moving on to one Semi Finals on 7/29 or 8/5. If he wins there, he’ll compete in the finals 8/12 for a shot at a $500 trip to Las Vegas from Crater Lake Spirits, an Artist Development Workshop from Producer Ronnie King, and 8 hours of studio time plus a mix and master from JEM Productions. 2nd place went to the very popular band, Nuclear Cowboys who took home movie tickets to the Mary Pickford Theatre as well. 3rd place went to newcomer, Mark Smith who chose movie tickets as well.

THANK YOU to our performers at the Open Mic Competition for putting on a great show AND for being so supportive of the other artists: Mike Sick-boy, The Puppet, Razor J, Bino Sotelo, Jim Holiday, Carl, Rick Dame, Josh Ballard, Joe Plaid, Justin Ledesma, Brian Frang, B-Blunt, Gustavo Gonzalez, Rakim, Lance Riebsomer, Marco Thoma, and Mark Smith. I hope to see you all next week TUESDAY at SCHMIDY’S TAVERN in Palm Desert! Look for coverage of this week’s event and the announcement of winners in the next issue of Coachella Valley Weekly!

SPECIAL THANKS to all of our sponsors: JEM Productions, Ronnie King Music, Crater Lake Spirits, KAM Studios, CV Weekly, Canyon Copy & Print, DJ Alex Updike, and the Mary Pickford Theatre.

Be sure to “LIKE” Facebook.com/CVOpenMicCompetition for updates! ALL AGES ALLOWED and YOU may compete EVERY week! PLUS Schmidy’s has a HOUSE DRUM SET you can use! PLEASE NOTE: Due to our overwhelming number of interested performers, sign in starts at 7pm and will be closed at 8pm. BRING YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY and FANS and note that the competition usually ends by 10:30pm so be sure your friends and family know to stay until the end to voice their vote!!! For questions or information about sign-up, please see Facebook.com/CVOpenMicCompetition or contact creator and host, Morgan James at MorganAliseJames@gmail.com or (714) 651-1911

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