By Morgan James
It was another great week at the CV Open Mic Competition 2017 at The Block Sports Bar & Grill in Cathedral City! Week #10 packed the house once again as new faces graced the stage and gained support from a thrilled crowd. Only 2 chances remain in the coming weeks for our contestants to qualify for the semi-finals. Our judges had a tough decision as each performer brought their best. Audience giveaways like t-shirts from Brutal Bee Music Group got the crowd on their feet cheering for a chance at a quality, custom t-shirt. Once the judge votes were tallied, it was a tie for 1st place between hip hop duo EB and Jeff of Stone Grain and talented singer/songwriter, Josh Mathews. Stone Grain took home 2 movie tickets to Conemark Theatres and Josh Mathews took home a $25 gift certificate to Murph’s Gaslight. All of the 1st place winners will now move on to the Semi Finals May 17th. If they win there, they will compete in the Grand Finals on May 24th for an MTV Quality Music Video Production from Desert C.A.M. Studios/Winmill Films and award winning Director Chip Miller, plus a $500 trip to Las Vegas from Crater Lake Rye Whiskey, as well as an Artist Development Session from Grammy nominated Producer Ronnie King, a Promotional Photo Shoot from Rav Holly, and an artist merchandise package from Brutal Bee Music Group including logo design and t-shirts, stickers and more! 2nd place was awarded to Jeremy Goodlander of 5 Acre Dream whose original song brought him praise and who took home a $25 gift certificate to Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill.
THANK YOU to ALL our performers at the CV Open Mic Competition for putting on a great show AND making the environment so supportive for all of the artists involved: Daniel Scopelitis aka Fantasma Satanica, I am Moses, Anthony C Juarez aka Nasty Dawg, Jeremy Goodlander aka Five Acre Dream, Zack No Slack and L Boogie Da Mann of Desert Pirates, Michael Simmons aka Moonshine, Raymond Chaia aka Bounty, Sergio Teran aka Reign, MDH Affiliates, Josh Mathews, Stone Grain, Andres Leija aka Araiz Revelation, Pete Campbell aka VersaStyle, Molecular Mic, Debra Cohen aka Blaine Snow, Erick Estrada of Zero Sum Game, Chris Guzman of Who Shot the Drummer, and Mai Pup. Also a big thanks to Johnny Carmona, our amazing sound technician. I hope to see you all next WEDNESDAY at THE BLOCK SPORTS BAR & GRILL in Cathedral City! Look for coverage of this week’s event and the announcement of winners in the next issue of Coachella Valley Weekly! SPECIAL THANKS to all of our sponsors: Desert C.A.M. Studios/Winmill Films & Chip Miller, Ronnie King Music, Crater Lake Rye Whiskey, Rav Holly, Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill, CV Weekly, Canyon Copy & Print, Brutal Bee Music Group, Murph’s Gaslight, and The Block Sports Bar & Grill.
Be sure to “LIKE” Facebook.com/CVOpenMicCompetition for updates! ALL AGES ALLOWED and YOU may compete EVERY week! PLEASE NOTE: Due to our overwhelming number of interested performers, sign in starts at 7pm and will be closed at 7:45pm. BRING YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY and FANS to join us for excitement, music and fun!!! For questions or information about sign-up, please see Facebook.com/CVOpenMicCompetition or contact creator and host, Morgan Alise James at MorganAliseJames@gmail.com or (714) 651-1911