Week #4 of the CV Open Mic Competition Fall edition brought on several new bands, rappers and musicians to battle it out on the stage! DJ Alex Updike kept the crowd on their feet in between performances. Exciting audience giveaways from the Mary Pickford Theatre were awarded to the loudest and rowdiest of the crowd. Once all of the musicians performed and the judge vote (50%) was tallied and added to the audience applause score (50%), it was The Classy Mother Fu?kers who rocked the stage hardest and won 1st place. The band chose to take home 1 hour of studio time from JEM Productions and will now move on to the Semi Finals in November. If they win there, they’ll compete in the Grand Finals for a shot at a 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 newcomer band, Edith, who chose to take home a Record Alley Gift Certificate. 3rd place went to another newcomer band, Moribund, who decided on a gift card to Burgers & Beer.

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: Tanya Nunez, Matthew Maloney, Adrian Duro, VersaStyle, Peter Campbell, Jacob Cantu, Jim Holiday, Juan Espino, Razor J, Judith Baker, Moribund- Victor Rios, Miguel Chipuito, Jacob Cancino, Edith- Daryl Anderson, Nathan McCook, Aaron Spivey, Rick Dame, Nuclear Cowboys- Mike Sick-boy, Dave Strauss, Marco Thoma, and The Classy Mother Fu?kers- Joseph Vaughan, Jasyn Smith, Trillion Drummond. Also thank you to Marco Thoma for rocking the mic as sub-host this week and to Johnny Carmona for managing the sound every week. 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, DJ Alex Updike, and the Mary Pickford Theatre.

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 see Facebook.com/CVOpenMicCompetition or contact creator and host, Morgan James at MorganAliseJames@gmail.com or (714) 651-1911