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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

CV Open Mic Competition: Week 10

CV Open Mic Competition: Week 10

By | December 14, 2016 at 10:12 am | No comments

By Morgan James Every week the CV Open Mic Competition at The Block Sports Bar & Grill in Cathedral City thrills performers and cheering fans alike. Live videos fill social media and photos flash, capturing the still frames of the soon to be famous. Audience giveaways...

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

Voice of the Valley Grand Finale

Voice of the Valley Grand Finale

By | December 7, 2016 at 11:15 pm | No comments

In 2011 Alexander Yepremian of AY Productions created Voice of the Valley, a search for the greatest singers in Southern California. In this, it’s 6th Season, he, along with Ben Smith of UK Dance Academy have brought their Vocal Competition to the Coachella Valley. After...

Posted in: Columns, Events, Local Music Spotlight

Shawn Don

Shawn Don

By | December 7, 2016 at 11:10 pm | No comments

By Morgan James Recording artist and Actor, Shawn Don, has paved his way into an early career in the music and television arenas, achieving incredible successes through hard work, a positive attitude, and a spirit of giving back to his Coachella Valley community. With several...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Local Music Spotlight

SonStormer

SonStormer

By | December 7, 2016 at 11:00 pm | No comments

Josh Hall of Thr3 Strykes Launches Solo Project By Esther Sanchez As 50% of Thr3 Strykes, one of the most popular hip hop acts to spring up from Coachella Valley soil and recipients of multiple CVMAs, Josh Hall is already an established character on the local music scene....

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Local Music Spotlight

CV Music Showcase – Round 2

CV Music Showcase – Round 2

By | December 7, 2016 at 10:55 pm | No comments

By Esther Sanchez Round 2 of CV Showcase at The Hood Bar and Pizza has once again made it wonderfully apparent just how much musical talent is bursting from just about every corner of our beloved valley. The competition was fierce, yet the vibe of the night was unifying and...

Posted in: Columns, CV Music Showcase, Feature Stories, Local Music Spotlight

CV Open Mic Competition: Week 9

CV Open Mic Competition: Week 9

By | December 7, 2016 at 10:38 pm | No comments

By Morgan James Week #9 of the CV Open Mic Competition was one of the most incredible thus far. The immense support of each performer and of the event itself was so great it made this host have to take a step back in awe. The room was not just packed with close to 70...

Posted in: Columns, Local Music Spotlight

Stevieraps

Stevieraps

By | November 30, 2016 at 6:10 am | No comments

By Noe Gutierrez Stevieraps is a recording artist from Indio, California. He is affiliated with some of the desert’s elite hip hop artists; Lootenant, AL RO$$I, Dozzi Doz, D. Ayo, Buck Roogah & Ghost Mafia to name a few. He has performed his rhythmic-hip-hop-poetry at...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Local Music Spotlight

DIANE SCHUUR

DIANE SCHUUR

By | November 30, 2016 at 6:00 am | No comments

By Noe Gutierrez This Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 11 a.m. the Palm Springs Walk of Stars will honor two-time Grammy Award Winner, jazz legend, singer, pianist and Coachella Valley resident, Diane Schuur with its 406th star. The dedication is open to the public and will be...

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I stopped for a Sax Pack and…

I stopped for a Sax Pack and…

By | November 30, 2016 at 4:41 am | No comments

  I had the greatest time thanks to someone who is always so great with me and one of the sweetest people I know, Tracy Dietlin of the CV Weekly. Knowing I love all types of music but have a deep love for Smooth Jazz, Tracy gave me an “assignment” from my regular CV...

Posted in: Columns, Events, Local Music Spotlight

CV Open Mic Competition at The Block

CV Open Mic Competition at The Block

By | November 30, 2016 at 4:40 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

ILLXVGLX$ COLLECTIVE

ILLXVGLX$ COLLECTIVE

By | November 22, 2016 at 6:20 am | No comments

By George Duchannes ILLXVGLX$ COLLECTIVE (illegals collective) is a new wave of artists coming together to put on genuine and organic events. The collective's mission is to not only invite the community to come out and witness, but to attract like-minded creatives to be a...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Local Music Spotlight

Marco Thoma

Marco Thoma

By | November 22, 2016 at 6:18 am | No comments

By Morgan James Easily one of the most well-rounded, multi-talented performers that I have been fortunate enough to have met, Marco Thoma is just breaking into the Coachella Valley rap scene and being recognized for his intense passion, yet playfully humorous lyrics. Recently...

Posted in: Columns, Feature Stories, Local Music Spotlight

CV Open Mic Competition: Week 8

CV Open Mic Competition: Week 8

By | November 22, 2016 at 5:48 am | No comments

By Morgan James Each week the CV Open Mic Competition at The Block Sports Bar & Grill in Cathedral City delivers a consistent crowd of excited performers and cheering fans. Simply incredible! Live videos fill social media adding to the crowd as fans show up to support...

Posted in: Columns, Local Music Spotlight

jimi FITZ and Friends – A CV Christmas

jimi FITZ and Friends – A CV Christmas

By | November 16, 2016 at 4:31 pm | No comments

McCALLUM THEATRE - Saturday – December 10 – 8:00pm By DeAnn Lubell It’s a hometown holiday celebration as jimi FITZ, CV 104.3’s Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald, gathers together with the Valley’s best talent for an evening of hits and holiday treats on Saturday,...

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Amanda Shires Carving Out Her Own “Piece of Land” From a 15 Passenger Van

Amanda Shires Carving Out Her Own “Piece of Land” From a 15 Passenger Van

By | November 16, 2016 at 3:39 pm | No comments

Coming to Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneer Town Palace Friday, November 18th By Lisa Morgan Singer/Songwriter Amanda Shires did not come from a family of music.  Still, she has found herself surrounded by some of Americana’s greats in large part to her skill, both...

Posted in: Columns, Events, Feature Stories, Local Music Spotlight

Drum Hall to Open for Fishbone

Drum Hall to Open for Fishbone

By | November 16, 2016 at 1:40 pm | No comments

By Lisa Morgan According to his sponsor, Spaun Drums, Steven Hall is “arguably one of the hardest hitting more precise drummers in the So Cal music scene.” Son to Steve Hall Sr. (aka "Ballsy Hallsy") of local metal legends STORMER,  Steven continues to build that...

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CV Open Mic Competition 2016: Week 7

CV Open Mic Competition 2016: Week 7

By | November 16, 2016 at 10:34 am | No comments

By Morgan James Such an incredible group of talented artists and bands show each week for the CV Open Mic Competition 2016 at The Block Sports Bar & Grill in Cathedral City! Audience giveaways like T-Shirts from Brutal Bee Music Group have thrilled the rowdy cheering...

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Fatso Jetson’s Not So “Idle Hands”

Fatso Jetson’s Not So “Idle Hands”

By | November 9, 2016 at 10:30 am | No comments

Record Release and Label Showcase November 11th at Pappy & Harriet’s with Mondo Generator and The Freeks. $10 Cover. By Lisa Morgan Mario Lalli was just a punk rock kid growing up in a desert that practically closed down during the intense summer days;...

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