PLEASE NOTE: I am thrilled to announce that effective immediately our competition is moving to TUESDAYS at SCHMIDY’S TAVERN in Palm Desert. See you there next week!

Week #6 brought on all kinds of fun and enthusiasm at The Open Mic Competition Summer edition 2015. With great prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, plus a performance by local celebrity to judge, Kyle Paras, every musician put on their best! Plus DJ Alex Updike kept the crowd moving rocking 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 Zack Woods who blew everyone away and won 1st place and $100 cash. Zack will now be moving on to one Semi Finals on 7/29 & 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 vocalist Porsia Camille who took home movie tickets to the Mary Pickford Theatre. 3rd place was a tie between LaDaryl Smith and Cody McDowell who each 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, Kauz & Effect, Alyssa Beth, Steve Kennedy, Cody McDowell, Porsia Camille, Zack Woods, The Book of Abel, Joey Nobody, LaDaryl Smith, and Jim Holiday. I hope to see you all next week at our new location and new night- TUESDAYS 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” for updates! ALL AGES ALLOWED and YOU may compete EVERY week! 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 or contact creator and host, Morgan James at or (714) 651-1911