By Morgan James

Week #3 of the CV Open Mic Competition 2017 at The Block Sports Bar & Grill in Cathedral City was a thrilling show as new audience members discovered the fun. All of our performers gave it their all and put on a good show. T-shirts from The Block Sports Bar & Grill 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 and photos flashed throughout the night. It was a close call once our judge tallied the scores, so close in fact that we had a tie for third place! Our big win for 1st place, however, was awarded to blues guitar player and singer/songwriter Chris Guzman of Who Shot the Drummer. Chris took home 2 movie tickets to Cinemark Theatres and will now move on to the Semi Finals May 17th. If he wins there, the rockin’ performer 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 Erick Estrada of Zero Sum Game who chose to take home a $25 gift certificate to The Block. 3rd place went to rap duo Zack No Slack and L Boogie Da Mann of Desert Pirates as well as to Luis Hernandez aka Wrekless who all decided on taking home $25 gift certificates to Murph’s Gaslight.

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: Kristen Brawley, Paul Vasquez, Daniel Scopelitis, L Boogie Da Mann and Zack No Slack of Desert Pirates, Christopher Guzman of Who Shot the Drummer, James Velasquez aka Music on the Bones, Moses Osmosis, Luis Hernandez aka Wrekless, Erick Estrada aka Zero Sum Game Bino Sotelo, Dani Diggler of Inertia, Nasty Dawg, Solus Lupus, Cadence Osburn, and EB Enock. 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