Open Mic Competition

By | July 16, 2015 at 1:09 am | No comments | Columns, Local Music Spotlight

Week #10 of The CV Open Mic Competition Summer edition 2015 brought on a great crowd and a lot of talent! DJ Alex Updike kept our crowd entertained between performances and we even had 2 surprise comedic performances at the end of the night! Between the music, comedy and giveaways for our audience, the crowd was all smiles. Our celebrity guest judges this week- Miss Coachella Valley, Tanya Nunez and McCallum Theatre Open Call WInner, Brianna Finnell had the tough job scoring the talent. After the judge vote (50%) was tallied and added to the audience applause score (50%), it was Claire Davidson who took home 1st place and tickets to Knott’s Berry Farm from MIX 100.5, Claire will now be moving on to one Semi Finals on 7/28 or 8/4. If she wins there, she’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 Razor J who took home a gift card to Mimi’s Cafe. 3rd place was awarded to Ol’ Doc Rickenbeck who chose a $20 certificate to Record Alley.

THANK YOU to our performers at the CV Open Mic Competition for putting on a great show AND making the environment so supportive for all of the artists involved: Rebecca Hertsgaard, David Hertsgaard, Rick Eisenhart, Andrew Russell, Juan Martinez, Trillion Drummond, Wes Salacap, Claire Davidson, Rick Dame, Gustavo Gonzalez, Marc Saxe, Juan Espino, Porsia Camille, Matthew Malhoney, Brandon, Frank Kadel, Daniel Garcia, Cristian Alvarez, Antonio Silva, Marco Thoma, Dave, Mike Sick-boy, Jim Holiday, Ryder King-Groves, Jackie Priddy, Rod Van Buren, Kylie Jenkins, Austin Lawrence, and Zachary Lazovsky. 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.

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