Thursday, June 1 – Pre-Awards Ceremony @ Big Rock Pub from 7-10pm

Sunday, June 4 – Main Awards Show @ The Riviera from 5-9pm

By Tracy Dietlin

The CV Music Awards have grown and now we must spread the event between two nights and two venues. We started with just a few categories five years ago and kept growing: in 2015 we had 28 categories and last year 32. This year we have 37 categories in all genres that the valley got to vote on.

Combine that with the usual 15+ bands that we have perform and that means we had to do something different this year. So like the Grammy’s, Oscars and Golden Globes, who all have separate ceremonies to give out awards in all the categories (hundreds) that you don’t see televised, we will be doing just that by having an additional separate event this year.

Our gracious sponsor, Big Rock Pub, will be hosting the Pre-Party Awards Ceremony on Thursday, June 1 from 7-10pm, where we will announce winners in 12 of the 37 nominated categories. There will also be several performances by nominees. The price for BOTH awards shows will be $25.00 in advance and $35.00 at the door. YES!!! That means $25.00 gets you into BOTH awards ceremonies at Big Rock and The Riviera! The show at Big Rock will have limited seating so I highly recommend you purchasing tickets in advance as you might be turned away at the door due to capacity. The following categories/awards will be announced at Big Rock: Best Keyboards, Best Bass, Best Local Music Event, Best Jazz Instrumental, Best Club DJ, Best Jazz Vocals, Best Reggae, Best R&B, Best Instrumental Band, Best Duo, Best Club Promoter, Best Adult Contemporary and Best Individual Instrumental.

Nominees performing at the Pre Party event at Big Rock include: Gina Carey, Mikey Reyes & Bryanna Evaro, Derek Jordan Gregg, Mark Gregg, Eevaan Tre, Keisha D and Minor Emergency.


The remaining 25 categories will be given out at the main awards show at The Riviera on Sunday, June 4:(Best Band, Best Rock Band, Best Alternative Band, Best Punk Band, Best Country Band/Artist, Best Metal Band, Best Rap/Hip Hop Artist, Best Blues Band/Artist, Best New Band, Best Youth Band, Best Live Performance Band, Best Cover Band, Best Female Vocalist, Best Male Vocalist, Best Female Frontwoman, Best Male Frontman, Best Guitar, Best Drummer, Best Event DJ, Best Event Promoter, Best Live Performance Venue, Best Unsigned Album, Best Producer and Best Band Photographer, along with our special awards: 2 Trailblazer Award recipients (John Stanley King and Ronnie King), 2 Pioneer Award recipients (Scott Reeder and Herb Lienau), a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient (Alvin Taylor) and a new Visionary Award recipient (the AMP Program).

Bands performing at The Riviera are: Alex Santana, Black Water Gospel, The Bermuda, The Brosquitos, Cakes, Caxton, Death in Pretty Wrapping, Drop Mob, Faults of Andreas, The Flusters, 5th Town, Herbert, House of Broken promises, Hollace, Lisa & the Gents, Mighty Jack, Special Performance from Female Vocal Nominees including: Courtney Chambers, Linda Lemke-Heinz, Symara Stone, Lisa Lynn Morgan, Chelsea Sugarbritches, Porsia Camille, Hannah Mills, Kelly Derrickson, KT Zapcart, Bri Cherry, and Esther Sanchez, Ali Saenz, Jen Corradi and Sepultura Moon from The After Lashes.

We are also planning a very special VIP after party for the main awards at the Riviera, which will feature a 40 minute collaboration of several of the rap/hip-hop nominees performing, followed by a set from Long Duk Dong and then closing out the night will be a set by Blackwater. For those who have attended this in the past you know it’s an event not to be missed. So get your tickets now as the VIP party will also have limited tickets this year. VIP tickets are $50.00 in advance and $65.00 at the door.

Not only did we increase the number of categories this year but we also increased the amount of nominees in many of the categories, giving more bands and artists a chance for exposure, to perform and ultimately win an award. For tickets call 760-501-6228.

Thank you to our Title Sponsors: Renova Solar and Big Rock Pub. Additional Sponsors: Desert Wraps, Babes Brewhouse, Vektor Vodka, PS Organica, SIR, DarMar Awards, Bryson Backline Studios and Alpha Media (93.7).

Sponsor Opportunities still available.