Event Announcement:

Original Music Performance Challenge

at Influence Music Hall

Saturday Oct 12th.  Five Performers.

First Place: Professionally Recorded 3-track CD

courtesy Hartford Studios and Specialized Mastering

by Producer Gary Watters

August 30th Finalist

Jeffery Strong & Jay Doughty

September 6th Finalist

Connie Pazienza

September 13th Finalist

Ky Fifer

September 20th Finalist

Gerard LeBarde

September 27th Finalist

Jessi La Main

Final Challenge on Saturday October 12, 2019

at Influence Music Hall

The competition was outstanding! The scoring was close.

The winner of the 2019 Influence Music Hall / Hartford Studio Original Music Challenge is:

Jessie La Main!!

Jessie wins first prize: a professional recorded and mastered 3-track CD

courtesy of Hartford Studio and Specialized Mastering

Congratulations to everyone who participated in this year’s competition!

All contestants receive three (3) hours of professional studio time with a one (1) hour consultation by

Gary Watters of Hartford Studio

Final Challenge Performances!!

Saturday October 12th

Music starts at 7PM!!!!

Five Contestants

First Prize: Professionally recorded / mastered 3-track CD

Everyone Welcome!

Suggested donation at the door $10

(Goes to supporting Influence Music Hall)

Youth Musicians Welcome!!

Everyone is welcome and we hope the talented young people in our community will sign-up for this great opportunity!

Five Consecutive Fridays

Four contestants every Friday night for five consecutive Fridays: Aug 30th thru Sept 27th. Judges select one contestant from every Friday to advance.

Three Songs per Performer

Each contestant will perform three ORIGINAL songs. All three songs should take no longer than 15 minutes total. Performers must be ready to play at their scheduled time.

Top Five Contestants

Five top performers as selected by the judges will meet in the FINAL CHALLENGE performance on Saturday October 12th (information on that soon!)

Open Mic Still A Thing

Open Mic continues as usual. The first four time slots (during the contest) will be reserved for contestants. Following that, open mic continues as usual for the remainder of the evening. Sign-up for Open Mic just like you always do.

Top Prize:

Winner of the final challenge receives a free professionally recorded 3-track CD by Hartford Studios and Specialized Mastering courtesy Producer Gary Watters. (But everyone walks away with a prize because they are awesome – just sayin’).

Open Mic Continues Every Friday Night!!

Only the first four performance time slots are dedicated to the Original Music Performance Challenge. Open Mic follows.

Sign up for Friday Night Open Mic as always: Friday night at Influence Music Hall 6:30PM.

Original Music Performance Challenge Schedule

Keep checking this section for updates on the schedule of performance for the Original Music Performance Challenge sponsored by Hartford Studio and Specialized Mastering courtesy Gary Watters.

August 30th thru September 27th

Final Five on Saturday October 12th

Friday August 30th

7:30PM Kate Barrett

contemporary folk

7:45PM Bill Hernandez

singer / songwriter / contemporary

8:00PM Jeffery Strong & Jay Doughty

acoustic duet

8:15PM Elijah Vanecek

singer / songwriter

Friday September 6th

7:30PM Mike Dixon


7:45PM Henry Kaiser


8:00PM Max Parker

rock / metal

8:15PM Connie Pazienza

contemporary folk / jazz

Friday September 13th

7:30PM: Autumn Folk

folk / blues

7:45PM: Rob Cork

singer / songwriter

8:00PM: Ky Fifer

folk / pop

8:30PM: Andee Joyce

singer / songwriter

Friday September 20th

7:30PM Michael Conner


7:45PM 6-acre earth

pop / punk / alt rock

8:00PM Gerard LeBarde

Indie Folk

8:15PM John Rominger

americana / folk / country

Friday September 27th

7:30PM: Trent Beaver

singer / songwriter


7:45PM: Kyndell Dollison

solo acoustic & electric guitar / singer


8:00PM: Todd Fisher

singer / songwriter

8:15PM: Jessi La Main

acoustic / soul



Saturday October 12th

Ky Fifer

folk / pop

Jessi La Main

acoustic / soul

Gerard LeBarde

Indie folk

Connie Pazienza

contemporary folk / jazz

Jeffery Strong & Jay Doughty

acoustic duet

Summary of Contest Rules

Original Music Only

No cover material or mash-ups of the work of other composers. Perform only your original songs and compositions.

Not for Professionals

No performers with major-label recording contracts. Less then half of your  annual income should come from performing

Be Ready to Perform

Performers must be ready to set up (fast) and perform at their assigned time. Late- or no-shows will be eliminated from the contest.

Three Original Songs

Musicians will perform 3 original songs in a 15 minute session (just like open mic). Songs do not have to be those you intend to record.

Panel of Judges

A panel of judges will evaluate each performance according to specific criteria and guidelines. All performers judged by same criteria.

Consent Release Form

All Performers must sign a release form for media relevant to this contest and their performance for promotional purposes.


Online Sign Up

no performance spots available

Registration Closed!!

20 performers signed up

Our Mission

“Tualatin Valley Artists is an organization of creative people dedicated to improving our community’s quality of life by enhancing it’s art and culture. With our strong focus on building and presenting a regional sense of art & culture, we provide education, quality gallery display, poetry and musical performance – all in an atmosphere of encouragement and opportunity.”

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We are all volunteers here! We depend upon your kind support to keep the mission alive.

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