Hosted by Morgan James: This Wednesday, June 18th @ 7pm

By Lisa Morgan

As if you needed another reason to venture into The Tilted Kilt in Palm Desert, the popular, eye-candy clad restaurant, sports bar and entertainment venue is providing locals with yet another forum of entertainment. A twelve week long, open mic competition will provide budding musicians and vocalists an opportunity to show off their musical skill for first, second and third place prizes culminating in a grand finale whose winner will receive a cash prize to go with a 3-day trip to Vegas. Winners and non-winners alike are invited to compete every week of the competition until the finals. Then, only those first place winners from the previous weeks will weigh in for the title, the cash and the trip.

If you are interested in participating in the competition, here is what you need to do. Get to the Tilted Kilt promptly at 7 pm on the Wednesday you want to perform. Only the first ten artists who sign up for the competition will be selected at random to perform and compete. Each entrant will have 5 minutes to dazzle and shine with their winning musical skills, and winners will be selected by popular vote from the attending audience. NOTE TO PERFORMERS: Bring all the friends, family and supporters that you can to help you win the vote. This is an all ages event, and all in attendance will be given an opportunity to choose their favorites. Performers can sing acapella, sing to tracks, or perform with instrumental accompaniment. And you do not have to sing in order to compete. Instrumentalists are welcome! There will be a front line set up for artists to plug into.

The creator and host of this event is Morgan James, vocalist for local band, Pocket Yellow. Pocket Yellow performs regularly at Johnny Rocket’s in Rancho Mirage and at Plan B Live Entertainment and Cocktails in Thousand Palms. They also have a newly released original single, “Royal Affair” available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and 38 stores world-wide. The grand finale of the top weekly winners will be judged by local experts in the music industry including Randy Hewitson from Musician’s Outlet and Tracy Dietlin, Owner/Publisher of CV Weekly.


Prizes will include gift certificates for local dining as well as from Musician’s Outlet, Esthetic X Obsession Massage and Wax Bar, recording services from SIR Studio and more. Sponsored by CV Weekly and Crater Lake Vodka, Wednesday nights are sure to be packed with entertainment and fun for performers and viewers alike. Please take careful note the OFFICIAL RULES.

Official Rules:
The Tilted Kilt Open Mic Competition Hosted by Morgan James is a community event open to musicians of all ages to compete for weekly prizes. Each session will be 12 weeks leading up to a finale whereby previous weekly winners will compete for a grand prize. Contestants may compete every week! This event is intended as a supportive environment for musicians to perform new material for a live audience, network for collaborations, mingle with industry professionals, build fan bases, sell albums, links, promo materials, etc., all the while in a friendly competition for great prizes.

Time: Begins Wednesday June 18th. Sign-in time is 7:00pm – 7:45pm each Wednesday. Competition will run 8:00pm – 10:30pm. Voting will take place by 10:45pm. Winner announced at 11:00pm. All times, other than sign-in, are approximate and will be determined by host.

Format: Only 10 entrants will be allowed on a first come basis. Entrants will be chosen at random with the first performing at 8:00pm. Each entrant will be allowed to perform one song or up to 5 mins. Each entrant will have approximately 5 min. to set up and 5 min. to take down their performance instruments/accompaniment.

Sound: Entrants are allowed any type of instrumentation/accompaniment but will be limited to time constraints and connection capabilites of venue. Front line will be set up. There is no backline. Sound levels for each line will be professionally set at the start of the night and will remain that way for each entrant. If an entrant has any instrument or equipment that may need additional time to set up or specifically tune or mix sound for, this must be addressed at sign-in between 7:00 – 7:45pm, or prior to.

Judging: Weekly winner(s) will be determined by audience votes and 2 or more judges based on creativity and showmanship.

Weekly Winner: Automatically entered to compete in the finals and announced in CV Weekly and Open Mic Facebook page.

Weekly Prizes: TBA. Finals & Grand Prize: After 12 weeks of the competition, there will be a week of finals, whereby the grand prize winner will be chosen. Grand

Prizes: TBA Lyrics: Cursing/derogatory language is prohibited and grounds for disqualification. All performers are expected to act in a professional manner.

Contact: All questions or comments may be directed to host, Morgan James, at: For updated competition information see our facebook page at:

Disclaimer: All rules subject to change as determined by host for the betterment of the competition and announced on the facebook page.

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