Our Open-Mic Competition


Quaker Steak and Lube, 12832 Jefferson Ave., Newport News

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Open Mic Competition
Wednesdays 8-11pm
Quaker Steak and Lube, 12832 Jefferson Ave., Newport News

Compete for a chance to receive a weekly prize and a Grand Prize of one full-day (8 hours) demo recording session.

You DO NOT have to compete to perform at the Open Mic. Performers will indicate on the sign-up sheet if they choose to participate in the competition.


We’ll choose one finalist each week for 4 weeks (June 11, 18, 25, July 2). Each competitor will perform the same number of songs (determined by the number of participants). Finalists will be announced at the end of the night and receive a prize. Competition results and information will be posted on toneside.com.


Wednesday, June 9, the four FInalists will compete for the Grand Prize. Winner will receive one full day (8 hours) recording session at Toneside Records.


Weeks 1-4: Audience vote (1 vote each per night) will decide each week’s Finalist.

Week 5: Final Competition scoring (June 9) will be done by a panel of judges and by audience votes. These will be combined to give a final score for each competitor. Judges will score on a 10-point scale. In the event of a tie, judges will decide the winner or call for additional performances (time permitting). Scoring totals will NOT be announced for each competitor. Only the finalist's name and total score will be announced at the end of the night each week.


The recording session will be done with Toneside’s mobile demo unit at our home studio, or at another location (travel/set up may require additional charges). Demo recording will consist of a 2-channel song track. Additional 2-channel takes (for backing vocals, instrument solos, etc.) can be added to the track(s), time permitting. Includes seven hours of recording time and one hour of mixing time to adjust levels, add effects, etc. Files delivered in StudioOne Pro format on CD and are the property of the artist. Artist retains all rights, and Toneside Records will not use or store the files without permission from the artist.

Sign up starts at 7:30pm and is open until 10:00pm (if space is available).