By Morgan James

Week #12 of the CV Open Mic Competition 2017 at The Block Sports Bar & Grill in Cathedral City wrapped a fun filled session as 1st place was a tie and the two final winners will be competing in the Semi Finals next week. T-shirts from Brutal Bee Music Group were given away to several of our cheering fans as they enjoyed great food and Crater Lake Rye Whiskey specials! Live video feeds filled social media just like every week as fans posted about their favorite performances. Our big winners of 1st place, however, was awarded to hip hop group MDH Affiliates who decided to take home a $25 gift card to Stuft Pizza, as well as Nasty Dawg who chose to take home a $20 gift certificate to The Lunchbox in Palm Desert. Both acts will now move on to the Semi Finals on May 17th. If either or both wins there, the act 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 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 25 t-shirts, stickers and more! 2nd place was awarded to Jeremy Goodlander of 5 Acre Dream who took home 2 movie tickets from Cinemark Theatres.

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: Christopher Guzman of Who Shot the Drummer, Moses Osmosis, Nasty Dawg, Ramon Chahia aka Bounty, Sergio Teran aka Reign, Michael Simmons aka Moonshine of MDH Affiliates, Jeremy Goodlander of 5 Acre Dream, and Joe Montes aka Cino. 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 for our SEMI FINALS event! 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, The Lunchbox, Canyon Copy & Print, Brutal Bee Music Group, Murph’s Gaslight, and The Block Sports Bar & Grill.

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