— Top 3 Recap

Joe Martin
2 min readAug 6, 2020

Last night saw three musicians compete in the Open Mic Challenge — Chicago. The last show will be this Wednesday, August 12th at 8pm.

This 6 week online, music competition is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Created by local entrepreneur Joe Martin, the event aims to raise money for breast cancer research and awareness. A cause very close to him after his mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer in May 2020.

To learn more about the American Cancer Society and their initiatives visit

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You can also view the full episode, or watch individual performances below.


Similar to Maggie Rogers, Joseph, Overcoats
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Quinton Cajigas

Similar to Ed Sheeran, Chevelle, and Metallica
Instagram | Spotify | YouTube | Soundcloud

Nicholas Runkle

Similar to Jewel, Bright Eyes, Tracy Chapman
Instagram | Spotify | YouTube

Guest Performance

Lina Gaudenzi, Contestant on NBC’s The Voice

A big thank you to Leo Manzione and Aaron Ranger for their help in making this Open Mic Challenge a success.

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Open Mic Challenge is a 6-week elimination style competition for Chicago musicians. Money raised through voting is donated to the American Cancer Society. Get reminders at



Joe Martin

Entrepreneur, author, and TEDx Speaker who believes real world interactions are more valuable than digital ones.