By Morgan James

The CV Open Mic Competition 2017 at The Block Sports Bar & Grill in Cathedral City week #11 brought on some enthusiastic fans! Cheers from the crowd could be heard throughout the night after each performer gave us their best song. Plus giveaways kept things interesting as fans cheered for several t-shirts from Brutal Bee Music Group over the course of the evening. The music was thrilling, and needless to say so was the atmosphere! Guest judge, professional drummer and musician- Ed Cellucci, graced us with his thoughtful scoring and once his votes were tallied, it was Joe Montes aka “Cino” who brought an incredibly energetic performance, impressed eager fans, and took home 1st place. Cino chose a $25 gift certificate to Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill and will now move on to the Semi Finals May 17th. If he wins there, the rapper 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 aka 5 Acre Dream who took home a $25 gift certificate to The Block Sports Bar & Grill. While 3rd place went to Ramon Chahia aka “Bounty” who was also awarded a $25 gift certificate to The Block Sports 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: Moses Osmosis, Zero Sum Game, Who Shot the Drummer, Cino, Anthony C Juarez aka Nasty Dawg, Five Acre Dream, Kode Man Ceno, Wrekless, Reign, Bounty, Moonshine, blaine Snow, and Razor J. 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” 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 or contact creator and host, Morgan Alise James at or (714) 651-1911