It was week #9 of The Open Mic Competition Summer edition 2015 and more new talent graced the stage and got the audience on their feet with applause! DJ Alex Updike kept everyone groovin’ in between performances and with giveaways for our audience, the night was full of surprises. Our celebrity guest judges this week- Trevor Stone and TK from MIX 100.5 had a tough job deciding between the talent. After the judge vote (50%) was tallied and added to the audience applause score (50%), and it was newcomer band, Bear Fight, who took home 1st place and tickets to the Mary Pickford Theatre. The band will now be moving on to one Semi Finals on 7/28 or 8/4. If they win there, they’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 the band, Avenida, who took home a gift certificate to Record Alley. 3rd place was awarded to Solus Lupus who chose $25 gift card to iTunes.

THANK YOU to our performers at the Open Mic Competition for putting on a great show AND making the environment so supportive for all of the artists involved: Mike Sick-boy, Razor J, Tanya Nunez, Timothy Sullivan, Jazzy J, Brandon Abraham, Marco Thoma, Michael Ramirez, Sye Sharp, Dimitri Pereu, Ryan Cenicola, Richard Finn, Gilbert Olivera, Rockin’ Jerry, Bino Sotelo, Jim Holiday, Marc Saxe, Jacob Garcia, Josh Ballard, Rod Van Buren, Josiah Gonzalez, Vincent Gonzalez, Samuel Gonzalez, Jose Juarez, Daniel Rodriguez, Will Kelly, Bruno, Gustavo Gonzalez. 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” or contact creator and host, Morgan James at or (714) 651-1911.