Valley Rhythms by Lola Rossi-Meza


The First Annual Best of the CV Weekly Awards Show and One Year Anniversary Party was held on Saturday, April 6, to a packed house. The Emerald Desert RV Resort at 76-000 Frank Sinatra Drive in Palm Desert was the perfect location for this event with a great stage and a big dance floor. The Staff from the resort, Joel Pisani, Christopher Kanoff and Mike Bogg were very helpful and accommodating that night. Much appreciation goes to CV Weekly team members Lisa Morgan, Robert Chance, William Westley; Iris Eaton; Marissa Willman and Rudy Mendez, along with Michelle & Michael Brewer, Boo Douglas and Tom Edwards for working the event. A big “thank you” to all the CV Weekly Writers & Staff, those nominated, those who voted, Award Winners and all who attended making this a night to remember.

We feel honored to have had Michael Keeth, Josh Heinz, Giselle Woo, Felix & Notepad, John Stanley King, Dali’s Llama, Half Astro, Yawning Man and DJ Ray Phillips perform at the event.


Having Mix 100.5’s Bradley Ryan and Valerie Kattz and KESQ’s Ginger Jeffries MC the event just made it all the more special.

We truly appreciate all of our Sponsors; The Musicians Outlet; Alexander Events; Crater Lake Vodka and Gin; Sullivan’s Steakhouse; Giuseppes Pizza and Pasta; Desert Wraps; Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse and Tulip Hill Winery. Loving All Animals along with The Feral Alley Cats received the funds raised during the opportunity drawing. Prizes included gift certificates from Carol Dean’s Resale Therapy; Castelli’s Ristorante; Miramonte Resort & Spa; Stuft Pizza; Cuistot; Mastro’s Steakhouse; Mitch’s on El Paseo; Fresh Out the Box; Tg Tat; Kitchen Kitchen; Debut Salon; BloDry Bar; R&B Studios; Knotts Soak City and El Gallito.


The photo chosen for this article features Nancy Mascorro, who bartended from 2:30 until 10 p.m. during the event. She was so busy pouring cocktails and soft drinks all evening without a single complaint, no one, including me, knew how much pain she was enduring while doing this job with ease. Her smile and vivacious personality lit up the bar area and no one complained about the continuous line as they waited patiently enjoying music and great food. When I arrived, I saw she was alone, so I helped her and we laughed all night long while keeping the crowd happy. She is a real sweetheart, and those who know her will agree.

Born and raised in Palm Desert, California, Nancy is the youngest of five siblings, all girls and all beauties, I’m sure. Her Mother is an interior decorator and her Father is musically inclined playing the piano, saxophone, and a few other instruments as well as singing in various choirs.

She attended La Quinta Elementary School and enjoyed sports; softball, volley ball and gymnastics, but always loved all types of music. She graduated from Amistad High School followed by attending College of the Desert where she received an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development and Special Needs. She moved to Los Angeles for a while, where she started bartending and moved back to the Desert last April.

You can see this hard working lady bartending at The Empire Polo Grounds for BBC during special events, The Date Shed near the Tack Room and also The Back Street Brewery in La Quinta. “The event was very nice. I saw a lot of familiar faces,” said Mascorro. “I enjoyed the music and was dancing behind the bar.” Yes she was dancing and a real trooper, I might add. When she told me about her ankle, I saw that it had been very nicely wrapped by her Mom earlier that day. I asked her to sit down as she unwrapped it. I looked at how swollen it was and immediately filled up three plastic gloves and iced it.

Still smiling as she sat still for about ten minutes, Mascorro wrapped it back up and continued bartending. This job is demanding and yet this responsible young lady honored her commitment despite her pain. Everyone who attended enjoyed the evening, and so did I. Congratulations to Tracy and Philip, you presented an amazing celebration!