Garrett Lott, of Maysville, was named the first winner of the third season of Open Mic Monday on Sept. 16.
Five others joined Lott in vying for the top spot. Jess Fowler, Jim Harper, Zikerion Reese, Jackson Rogers and Greg “Pop” Smith also entertained the crowd and the judges in hopes of bringing home the $50 prize and a paid gig at the 2020 Ida Cox Music Series.
The three-judge panel consisted of local musician Seth Waddell, First Alliance Church executive pastor Chris Gambil and Friends of the Ritz president Keith Kozicki.
"Lott wowed the judges by performing Help Me Hold On by Travis Tritt and Hurricane by Luke Combs," leaders state.
The next competition is Monday, Oct. 16, with bluegrass music on tap for the night. The special guest judge will be Bluegrass musician, Edgar Loudermilk.
Open Mic Monday is held every third Monday of the month through December and is a free event.
Interested performers can sign up by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the Historic Ritz Theatre the evening of the show on a first-come, first-up basis until 6:30 p.m.
For more information about Open Mic Monday, contact Tami Mayhugh, general manager of Historic Ritz Theatre at 706-244-0039.