Local Music Spotlight

A very ‘Braun’ performance at the Westin Mission Hills.                           

A very ‘Braun’ performance at the Westin Mission Hills.                           

By | March 22, 2017 at 8:28 am | No comments

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna A very strong performance took place last Saturday by Rick Braun, Michael Paulo and Josh Vietti at the Grooves at the Westin Jazz series in Rancho Mirage. Braun played his originals, remakes from days gone past and a few tunes from his new album...

Posted in: Columns, Local Music Spotlight, Week 03/23 - 03/29 2017

CV Open Mic Competition 2017: Week 4

CV Open Mic Competition 2017: Week 4

By | March 22, 2017 at 8:20 am | No comments

By Morgan James The CV Open Mic Competition 2017 at The Block Sports Bar & Grill in Cathedral City continues to impress as fans from all over the valley flood in to join the fun! Week #4 was an incredible display of talent as our performers mixed it up trying new material...

Posted in: Columns, Local Music Spotlight, Week 03/23 - 03/29 2017

Round The Corner: A Mobile Record Store Unveils Their Grand Opening at The Hood Saturday, March 18

Round The Corner: A Mobile Record Store Unveils Their Grand Opening at The Hood Saturday, March 18

By | March 15, 2017 at 10:22 am | No comments

By Gilbert Ward Kane We all know vinyl has made quite the comeback. Last year, records outsold CDs for the first time since the 1980s, and a few months back, records outsold digital downloads. If that doesn't speak volumes for the vinyl resurgence, I'm not sure what...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Local Music Spotlight, Week 03/16 - 03/22 2017

CV Open Mic Competition 2017: Week 3

CV Open Mic Competition 2017: Week 3

By | March 15, 2017 at 8:39 am | No comments

By Morgan James Week #3 of the CV Open Mic Competition 2017 at The Block Sports Bar & Grill in Cathedral City was a thrilling show as new audience members discovered the fun. All of our performers gave it their all and put on a good show. T-shirts from The Block Sports...

Posted in: Columns, Local Music Spotlight, Week 03/16 - 03/22 2017

A Ragtag group of Artists and Musicians: Michael Sembello, Cameron Chaney, Jan Jaques & Taylor Sherill

A Ragtag group of Artists and Musicians: Michael Sembello, Cameron Chaney, Jan Jaques & Taylor Sherill

By | March 8, 2017 at 3:26 am | No comments

By Avery Wood In an unmarked warehouse right in Cathedral City, a ragtag group of artists strive to contribute to the burgeoning culture here in the Coachella Valley. This group comprises Michael Sembello, the musician responsible for the song “Maniac” from the movie...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Local Music Spotlight, Week 03/09 - 03/15 2017

Jason Nutter

Jason Nutter

By | March 8, 2017 at 3:22 am | No comments

By Morgan James Jason Nutter is a talented musician who not only shares his passion for music with audiences from Coachella Valley to Los Angeles, but with children and adults with special needs and of all abilities. An accomplished singer/songwriter, Jason has performed with...

Posted in: Columns, Community, Feature Stories, Local Music Spotlight, Week 03/09 - 03/15 2017

Esjay Jones

Esjay Jones

By | March 8, 2017 at 3:21 am | No comments

By Avery Wood Esjay Jones, local musician; songwriter; and music producer, has achieved celebrity-like status in our community as well as in Los Angeles. Between her weekly performances at The Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs, her numerous productions there, her work with local...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Local Music Spotlight, Week 03/09 - 03/15 2017

CV Music Showcase Round 4 Winner: 5th Town

CV Music Showcase Round 4 Winner: 5th Town

By | March 8, 2017 at 3:18 am | No comments

By Tracy Dietlin Congratulations to the band 5th Town who were the winners at the fourth preliminary competition of the CV Music Showcase held last Sunday at The Hood Bar & Pizza. Band members include Chelsea Sugarbritches (vocals) Linda Lemke Heinz (vocals, flute), Josh...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Local Music Spotlight, Week 03/09 - 03/15 2017

CV Open Mic Competition 2017: Week 2

CV Open Mic Competition 2017: Week 2

By | March 8, 2017 at 3:12 am | No comments

The CV Open Mic Competition 2017 at The Block Sports Bar & Grill in Cathedral City week #2 was an incredible display of multi-talented performers. Our contestants spanned several genres and really gave it their all. Each week new performers are still finding their way to us...

Posted in: Columns, Local Music Spotlight, Week 03/09 - 03/15 2017

Musician Giselle Woo, Letting Local Be Heard Around the World the World

Musician Giselle Woo, Letting Local Be Heard Around the World the World

By | March 1, 2017 at 2:32 am | No comments

By Rich Henrich This weekend, the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System will hold the 77th Annual International IBS Conference and Awards in New York City where KCOD, College of the Desert’s student-run radio station has been nominated for multiple awards. One nomination is...

Posted in: Columns, Local Music Spotlight, Week 03/02 - 03/08 2017

Musician Profile: David Macias

Musician Profile: David Macias

By | March 1, 2017 at 2:30 am | No comments

By Rich Henrich The Yucca Valley musician just returned from an urgent mission- to find his dog. “He escaped, I was worried he would be coyote feed. You know it’s open desert, you hear the dogs being eaten all the time. Gene Navarro’s dog just got attacked by a coyote...

Posted in: Columns, Local Music Spotlight, Week 03/02 - 03/08 2017

Academy of Musical Performance: Onward and Upward in 2017

Academy of Musical Performance: Onward and Upward in 2017

By | March 1, 2017 at 2:25 am | No comments

By Noe Gutierrez The Academy of Musical Performance (AMP) is a non-profit music education organization created for young musicians in the Coachella Valley who are seeking the complete rock band experience. With grant funding from Goldenvoice, AMP has been able to achieve its...

Posted in: Columns, Local Music Spotlight, Week 03/02 - 03/08 2017

CV Open Mic Competition 2017: Week 1

CV Open Mic Competition 2017: Week 1

By | March 1, 2017 at 2:22 am | No comments

By Morgan James Week #1 of the CV Open Mic Competition 2017 at The Block Sports Bar & Grill in Cathedral City brought on some enthusiastic performers who took the stage with confidence and conviction. Live video feeds filled social media and photos flashed throughout the...

Posted in: Columns, Local Music Spotlight, Week 03/02 - 03/08 2017

Big Pig

Big Pig

By | February 22, 2017 at 11:15 am | No comments

By Gilbert Ward Kane Big Pig is a duo from LA and the desert. They are louder and fuller than most four piece bands, let alone trios. These young dudes come at you harder than any duo I've ever heard. Have you heard of Big Business? They're bigger and louder. Have you heard...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Local Music Spotlight, Week 02/23 - 03/01 2017

“Wrekless” aka Luis Hernandez

“Wrekless” aka Luis Hernandez

By | February 22, 2017 at 2:00 am | No comments

By Morgan james Unique vocal stylings and catchy, in-your-face lyrics have made Luis Hernandez aka "Wrekless" a fan favorite at the CV Open Mic Competition at The Block Sports Bar & Grill as well as other popular Coachella Valley venues over the last couple of months,...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Local Music Spotlight, Week 02/23 - 03/01 2017

CV Open Mic Competition: New Session Starts Wednesday, Feb. 22

CV Open Mic Competition: New Session Starts Wednesday, Feb. 22

By | February 22, 2017 at 1:49 am | No comments

By Morgan James Have you made it to the CV Open Mic Competition yet? If you love The Voice, American Idol, Live Music of all kinds... you will love this show! Each week contestants perform their best song for the crowd and interchanging weekly judges. The top three are...

Posted in: Columns, Local Music Spotlight, Week 02/23 - 03/01 2017

Desert Reggae Residency – MOZAIQ & DJ JOURNEE OF STRONGHOLD REGGAE

Desert Reggae Residency – MOZAIQ & DJ JOURNEE OF STRONGHOLD REGGAE

By | February 15, 2017 at 3:20 am | No comments

By Noe Gutierrez Saturday, February 18, 2019 at 9 p.m. at Tack Room Tavern marks the return of ‘Desert Reggae Residency’. In conjunction with Ronnie King Music and Coachella Valley Weekly, Desert Music brings you Mozaiq LIVE with ‘special guest’ DJ Journee of...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Local Music Spotlight, Week 02/16 - 02/22 2017

KCLB PRESENTS… LOCAL BAND NIGHT!

KCLB PRESENTS… LOCAL BAND NIGHT!

By | February 15, 2017 at 3:15 am | No comments

Desert Music Scene Gets Support From Local Radio By Esther Sanchez Pretty much any Coachella Valley resident who hasn’t been living under a rock for the past couple of decades can tell you that our beloved desert empire has become a virtual Mecca to artists of all types....

Posted in: Columns, Events, Feature Stories, Local Music Spotlight, Week 02/16 - 02/22 2017

CV Open Mic Competition at The Block

CV Open Mic Competition at The Block

By | February 8, 2017 at 6:34 pm | No comments

By Morgan James Have you made it to the CV Open Mic Competition yet? If you love The Voice, American Idol, Live Music of all kinds... you will love this show! Each week contestants perform their best song for the crowd and interchanging weekly judges. The top three are...

Posted in: Columns, Local Music Spotlight, Week 02/09 - 02/15 2017

Mondo Generator Performs at The Date Shed

Mondo Generator Performs at The Date Shed

By | January 25, 2017 at 11:44 pm | No comments

February 4 – Doors Open @ 8pm * 18 & over Presale $10.00 - with Throw the Goat, Doors to Nowhere and Instigator Mondo Generator: An interview with Nick Oliveri, Mike Pygmie and Jeff Bowman Mondo Generator was born out of the world famous Desert band Kyuss.  Nick...

Posted in: Columns, Events, Feature Stories, Local Music Spotlight, Week 01/26 - 02/01 2017

CV Open Mic Competition: New Round Starting Soon

CV Open Mic Competition: New Round Starting Soon

By | January 25, 2017 at 8:40 pm | No comments

By Morgan James Have you made it to the CV Open Mic Competition yet? If you love The Voice, American Idol, Live Music of all kinds... you will love this show! Each week contestants perform their best song for the crowd and interchanging weekly judges. The top three are...

Posted in: Columns, Local Music Spotlight, Week 01/26 - 02/01 2017

Throw The Goat

Throw The Goat

By | January 18, 2017 at 7:45 pm | No comments

By Esther Sanchez From the pine covered peaks of Idyllwild, Throw the Goat has been spreading their infectious, hard-rock grooves throughout the desert empire and picked up a new drummer on the way. With their latest release, “Vote Goat” making ROCKwell UnScene...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Local Music Spotlight, Week 01/19 - 01/25 2017

Braun Fraulein

Braun Fraulein

By | January 18, 2017 at 1:00 pm | No comments

By Morgan James A professional, hard hitting sound from incredibly experienced and talented musicians would accurately describe Coachella Valley's own, Braun Fraulein. Poignant lyrics, moving melodies, distorted blues rock with driving rhythms encompass the band's prodigious...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Local Music Spotlight, Week 01/19 - 01/25 2017

CV Open Mic Competition: And the Winner Is… Marco Thoma!

CV Open Mic Competition: And the Winner Is… Marco Thoma!

By | January 18, 2017 at 12:40 pm | No comments

By Morgan James What an incredible session we had at The Block Sports Bar & Grill. The CV Open Mic Competition wrapped with an exciting conclusion of a Grand Finals on Wednesday night. The crowd cheered on each performer and took photos and videos with their favorites....

Posted in: Columns, Local Music Spotlight, Week 01/19 - 01/25 2017

CV Music Showcase – Round 3

CV Music Showcase – Round 3

By | January 11, 2017 at 11:52 am | No comments

Rap/Hip Hop Night By Tracy Dietlin It was another great night at The Hood this past Sunday when the CV Music Showcase had four rap/hip hop artists competing. Marco Thoma, Stevieraps, The Bermuda and Cali Elijah, all gave passionate performances. But at the end of the night...

Posted in: Columns, CV Music Showcase, Feature Stories, Local Music Spotlight, Week 01/12 - 01/18 2017

The BrosQuitos

The BrosQuitos

By | January 11, 2017 at 11:50 am | No comments

By Noe Gutierrez The BrosQuitos are the All-American band that we can all be proud of. Four young men who have developed an indie/pop sound unique to the desert, intently moving away from any preexisting desert rock sound. A 2016 Tachevah finalist, Max Powell, John Anthony...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Local Music Spotlight, Week 01/12 - 01/18 2017

CV Open Mic Competition: The Semi Finals

CV Open Mic Competition: The Semi Finals

By | January 11, 2017 at 11:35 am | No comments

By Morgan James The Semi Finals of The CV Open Mic Competition at The Block Sports Bar & Grill in Cathedral City brought well over one hundred fans clamoring to see the talent that we had grace the stage. Incredible performances inspired fans to get up and dance as they...

Posted in: Columns, Local Music Spotlight, Week 01/12 - 01/18 2017

Thr3 Strykes: There’s no Communication Breakdown Here!

Thr3 Strykes: There’s no Communication Breakdown Here!

By | January 4, 2017 at 12:10 pm | No comments

Album release party for CMNCTN-BRKDWN this Friday, January 6 at The Date Shed. 9pm-2am 18 & over $10 Cover * First 100 Covers Get a Free CD. Also performing: Porsia Camille, Million & Albertini/DJ Amavida/The After Lashes/J Patron Thr3 Strykes: A hip-hop,...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Local Music Spotlight, Week 01/05 - 01/11 2017

Gene Evaro, Jr:  Eight Albums and a Decade Later, There is Much to Celebrate

Gene Evaro, Jr:  Eight Albums and a Decade Later, There is Much to Celebrate

By | December 28, 2016 at 10:49 am | No comments

New Year’s Eve Show, Hi-Desert Cultural Center, Joshua Tree: Doors Open @ 9 p.m. By Lisa Morgan Eight self-produced albums and several self-booked and self-promoted tours later, Gene Evaro Jr. and his road tested tribe of troubadours have seen their efforts pay off in a...

Posted in: Columns, Events, Feature Stories, Local Music Spotlight, Week 12/29 2016 - 01/04 2017

Lia Shapiro of Alien Tribe

Lia Shapiro of Alien Tribe

By | December 28, 2016 at 10:46 am | No comments

By Morgan James Inspiration surrounds us like a warm, dry blanket on a rainy day or like a bridge leading us through to a brighter road ahead. Lia Shapiro of Alien Tribe has channeled inspiration from years of living abroad, immersed in a multitude of cultures, which she...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Local Music Spotlight, Week 12/29 2016 - 01/04 2017

CV Open Mic Competition: Week 12

CV Open Mic Competition: Week 12

By | December 28, 2016 at 9:36 am | No comments

By Morgan James The crowd went wild this week and they packed into The Block Sports Bar & Grill to hear contestants give their best performance hoping to be the last to qualify for the semi-finals January 4th. The CV Open Mic Competition was reeling with performers and...

Posted in: Columns, Local Music Spotlight, Week 12/29 2016 - 01/04 2017

Zech B

Zech B

By | December 22, 2016 at 1:14 pm | No comments

By Morgan James With intense lyrics that pack a punch for the surrounding crowd and a consistent, determined disposition, rapper Zech B has launched himself into the music scene of the Coachella Valley in just a few short weeks. Being warmly and widely received at the CV Open...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Local Music Spotlight, Week 12/22 - 12/28 2016

CV Open Mic Competition: 11

CV Open Mic Competition: 11

By | December 22, 2016 at 12:30 pm | No comments

By Morgan James What an exciting night as the CV Open Mic Competition brought on a supportive crowd of musicians and their fans for week 11 of 12. With only 2 weeks remaining, contestants old and new came through to give it their best shot for our incredible prizes! Once all...

Posted in: Columns, Local Music Spotlight, Week 12/22 - 12/28 2016

5th Town: Coachella Valley’s Supergroup

5th Town: Coachella Valley’s Supergroup

By | December 14, 2016 at 10:20 pm | No comments

By Esther Sanchez Birthed from members of multiple bands...some still in existence, others no longer with us, come a group that has become a favorite of music fans across the desert empire over the past year and a half. Let's be honest, people...The fact that 5th Town is...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Local Music Spotlight, Week 12/15 - 12/21 2016

Jim Holiday

Jim Holiday

By | December 14, 2016 at 10:47 am | No comments

By Morgan James Brilliant, over the top, thematic lyrics with a touch of humor and a lot of sass hum through the microphone backed by the pedal tone of a slide guitar. This is no doubt a song by the infamous Jim Holiday. I had the great fortune of first meeting Jim when he...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Local Music Spotlight, Week 12/15 - 12/21 2016