Open Mic Competition

By | July 22, 2015 at 9:19 pm | No comments | Columns, Local Music Spotlight

Week #11 of the CV Open Mic Competition Summer edition 2015 was a blast at Schmidy’s Tavern in Palm Desert. Please note that next week will be the last week to qualify for the Semi Finals! We have such an amazing audience who cheered for their favorites of 28 amazing performers as well as for audience giveaways, including Tim, our most enthusiastic audience member ever! Thanks Tim for participating and filling us all with laughter. DJ Alex Updike rocked 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 Ariss Durazo who bested the competition and took home 1st place and a one hour professional vocal lesson from KAM Studios. Ariss 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 competition newcomer, Kimberly Dominguez, who took home 2 tickets to Wet n Wild in Palm Springs. 3rd place was awarded to Nuclear Cowboys who chose $25 to Rooster’s Fried Chicken in La Quinta. Honorable mentions for close runners up The Classy Mother F-ers and Trenches.

THANK YOU to our performers at the CV Open Mic Competition for putting on a great show AND for being so supportive of the other artists: Ryan Diaz, John Montez, Marc Saxe, Lance Riebsomer, Rick Dame, Joseph Vaughan, Jasyn Smith, Ariss Durazo, Kimberly Dominguez, Debra Blaine, Paulina Andree, Alex Antonio, Josh Ballard, Frank, Matthew Maloney, Rod Van Buren, Mike Sick-boy, Marco Thoma, Dave the bassist, Daniel Scope, Gustavo Gonzalez, Jim Holiday, Manic Mike, Cory Christiansen, Juan Espino, Matt Emery, Tomas Granillo, and Porsia Camille. 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.

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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