Week #5 of The Tilted Kilt Open Mic Competition New Year’s edition brought an exciting evening for all plus an unexpected ending! Between the new $100 weekly cash prize for 1st place, fantastic prizes for 2nd and 3rd places, and the new 50% judge vote and 50% audience applause vote, the musicians worked hard and gave it their best. Giveaways from the Mary Pickford Theater such as hats and t-shirts got the audience whooping and hollering to win. After the tallying of the anonymous judge vote and the audience applause score, it was almost a tie for 1st and 2nd place. Maddy Ebersole was awarded 1st place and $100 cash. However, since Maddy is already in the finals, she agreed to move 2nd place winners, Broken String, to the Grand Finals for a shot at a 3 day, 2 night trip to Las Vegas from Crater Lake Vodka, a $500 shopping spree at Guitar Center an Artist Development Session with Producer, Ronnie King, an artist spotlight article in Coachella Valley Weekly and a band/artist showcase concert from Morgan James Entertainment. For being awarded 2nd place, Broken String took home a Beauty Package from Blo Dry Bar as well as $20 to Record Alley. 3rd place went to Porsia and James who decided on a gift certificate to Stuft Pizza.

THANK YOU to ALL of our performers at the Tilted Kilt Open Mic Competition for putting on a great show AND for being so supportive of the other artists: Jason Romero, Kyle Paras, Richard Finn, Ernest Nunez, Sabrina Diaz, Manny Perez, Daniel aka The Puppet, Jim Holiday, Mike Sick-boy, Gustavo Gonzalez, Eduardo Gallega, Maddy Ebersole, Tanya Nunez, Rick Dame, Ryder Groves, Jackie Priddy Porsia Smith, James Velasquez. I hope to see you all next week! 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: Ronnie King Music, Guitar Center, Crater Lake Vodka, CV Weekly, Morgan James Entertainment, Stuft Pizza, Mary Pickford Theater, Skitzo Kitty and KAM Music Studio.

Remember, the Tilted Kilt Open Mic Competition is ALL AGES and runs EVERY WEDNESDAY. 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 7:45pm. BRING YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY and FANS and note that the competition may run to 11pm 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/TiltedKiltOpenMicCompetition or contact creator and host, Morgan James at MorganAliseJames@gmail.com or (714) 651-1911