Week #8 of The Open Mic Competition Summer edition 2015 packed Schmidy’s Tavern on Tuesday bringing almost 100 performers and fans! Standing room only didn’t stop the rowdy crowd as they cheered on ALL 22 exciting performances! DJ Alex Updike rocked the house in between performances and with giveaways for our audience, there was something for everyone. Giselle Woo was our local celebrity judge who engaged the crowd by opening the show with an absolutely beautiful song. At the end of all of our performances, the judge vote (50%) was tallied and added to the audience applause score (50%), and it was The BrosQuitos who were awarded 1st place and chose movie tickets to the Mary Pickford Theatre. The band will now be moving on to one Semi Finals on 7/28 or 8/4. If they win there, they’ll compete in the finals 8/11 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 a newcomer to our competition, Claire Davidson, who took home a $90 spa service gift certificate to BloDry Bar. 3rd place went to Porsia Camille 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: Wyatt Troxel, David Hertsgaard, Rebecca Hertsgaard, Rick Eisenhart, Mike Sick-boy, Andrew Russell, Juan Martinez, Trillion, Felipe Reyes, Claire Davidson, Kylie Jenkins, Austin Lawrence, Chance Horn, Daniel Scopelitis, Razor J, Zack Lazovsky, Cristian Alvarez, Bino Sotelo, Jim Holiday, Josh Ballard, Marco Thoma, Ranking Corrance, James Johnson, Oscar, John, Max Powell, Hugo Chavez, Jasyn Smith, Joseph Vaughan, Alex Oates, Alex Antonio, Carlyn Basore, Brent Basore, Larry Ellison, Tim Puckett, Bob Hamilton, Porsia Camille, Maddison Ebersole, Eduardo Gallega, Marc Saxe, & Rod Van Buren. I hope to see you all next 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.

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 7:45pm. 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, updates, or information about sign-up, please visit and “LIKE” Facebook.com/CVOpenMicCompetition or contact creator and host, Morgan James at MorganAliseJames@gmail.com or (714) 651-1911