The Tilted Kilt Open Mic Competition did it again in week #8. The audience cheered for their favorite musicians as well as for giveaways from the Mary Pickford Theater such as t-shirts, hats, sunglasses and gift certificates from EstheticX.Obsession Massage & Wax Bar. At the end of the night, the pumped up crowd chose vocalist, Ariss Durazo as the first place winner! Ariss, who played guitar and sang beautifully, took home a set of movie tickets and large popcorn to the Mary Pickford Theater and earned a place in the finals where she’ll compete for the grand prizes of a 3 day/2 night trip to Las Vegas from Crater Lake Vodka, a 1-3 track recorded demo plus 12 hours of studio time from S.I.R. Entertainment Studios as well as $500 of music gear from Musicians Outlet. Second place was again awarded to newcomer to the competition, Phylicia Alice whose soulful original tune caught everyone’s ears. Phylicia chose to take home a pair of tickets to Wet & Wild Palm Springs. Kenneth Ugarte rocked out a great song and in turn was awarded third place and a Facial & Peel from EstheticX.Obsession Massage & Wax Bar.

I am so proud that our competition’s performers are really all about the music and coming out to perform for the fun and pleasure of it. THANK YOU for putting on a great show: Mike Sick-boy, James Velasquez, Johnny Elsewhere, Giorg Tierez, Marco Thoma, Max Schwartz, Jim Holiday, Angel & Tyler of Mental Flow, Father & Daughters: Doug, Sam & Lindsay Molder, Freddy Live, and Barbara Ascencio. I hope to see you all next week! 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: S.I.R. Entertainment Services, Musicians Outlet, Crater Lake Vodka, EstheticX.Obsession Massage & Wax Bar, Wet & Wild Palm Springs, Vargas Arts, CV Weekly and Mary Pickford Theater.

Remember, the Tilted Kilt Open Mic Competition is ALL AGES and runs EVERY WEDNESDAY. YOU may compete EVERY week! 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 runs from 8-11pm 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 or contact creator and host, Morgan James at or (714) 651-1911