Week #6 of the CV Open Mic Competition Fall edition brought on a slew of great performances! Great music, special comedic performances, and exciting audience giveaways from the Mary Pickford Theatre excited the crowd. DJ Alex Updike rocked us out in between performances. Once all of our talented musicians graced the stage and the judge vote (50%) was tallied and added to the audience applause score (50%), it was Jude Baker who was awarded 1st place. Jude decided to take home 1 hour of studio time from JEM Productions and will now move on to the Semi Finals in November. If Jude wins there, she’ll compete in the Grand Finals for an MTV Quality Music Video Production from Desert C.A.M. Studios/Winmill Films and award winning Director Chip Miller, plus a $500 trip to Las Vegas from Crater Lake Spirits, as well as an Artist Development Session from Grammy nominated Producer Ronnie King, and a Promotional Photo Shoot from Visions Photography. 2nd place was awarded to Courtney Chambers who chose to take home a Record Alley Gift Certificate. 3rd place went to duo, I & I, who decided on 1 hour of studio time from JEM Productions.

THANK YOU to ALL 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: Peter Campbell, Jim Holiday, Mike Belli, Jude Baker, Amy Hindman, John Michael Montez, Mike Switch Blade, Marco Thoma, Gustavo Gonzalez, Courtney Chambers, Jacob Garcia, Will Kelly, Mantor Hays, Lanette Hays, Cory Christensen, Tony Weems, Matthew Maloney, Alex Perez, and Jacob Cantu. Also a big thanks to Johnny Carmona, our amazing sound technician. 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: Desert C.A.M. Studios/Winmill Films & Chip Miller, Ronnie King Music, JEM Productions, Crater Lake Spirits, Visions Photography, KAM Studios, CV Weekly, Canyon Copy & Print, the Mary Pickford Theatre, and DJ Alex Updike.

Be sure to “LIKE” Facebook.com/CVOpenMicCompetition for updates! 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 or information about sign-up, please seeFacebook.com/CVOpenMicCompetition or contact creator and host, Morgan James at MorganAliseJames@gmail.com or (714) 651-1911