Wow! Semi Finals night #1 at the CV Open Mic Competition Summer edition 2015 was full of talent! Groups of enthusiastic fans cheered on their favorite finalists as they competed for their spot in the Grand Finals 8/11/2015. DJ Alex Updike kept everyone rocking in between performances as excitement was in the air. 6 semi finalists performed 2 songs each for our celebrity judges- Jesse Tostado from P.Lab Productions, vocalist and musician Giorg Tierez, plus Derek Jordan Gregg, Sean Poe and Matt Styler from The Hive Minds. As the votes were tallied the audience enjoyed a special comedic performance from Matthew Maloney. Huge nod to ALL of our Semi Finalists who gave fantastic performances: Porsia Smith, Avenida, Marco Thoma, Trenches, Solus Lupus, and Ol’ Doc Rickenbeck.

The top 3 contestants who will be moving on the the Grand Finals are: Avenida, Ol’ Doc Rickenbeck, and Porsia Smith.

Congratulations to you all! Come out and see these talented performers at the Grand Finals Tuesday 8/11/2015 at Schmidy’s Tavern in Palm Desert. The show begins at 8pm and our Grand Finalists will be competing for 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. I hope to see you all next Tuesday for our Semi Finals #2 where our second set of 6 performers will compete. Don’t miss the excitement! 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 amazing sponsors: JEM Productions, Ronnie King Music, Crater Lake Spirits, KAM Studios, CV Weekly, Canyon Copy & Print, DJ Alex Updike, and the Mary Pickford Theatre.


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Our next session will begin Tuesday 8/18/2015 and will be open to ALL AGES 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 visit and “LIKE” or contact creator and host, Morgan James at or text/call (714) 651-1911