By Morgan James

The CV Open Mic Competition 2017 at The Block Sports Bar & Grill in Cathedral City continues to impress as fans from all over the valley flood in to join the fun! Week #4 was an incredible display of talent as our performers mixed it up trying new material for our audience. New performers took to the stage as well, bringing the heat, all in the name of good music and good fun. 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! Several photos flashed throughout the night and ending up on social media. Special guests from Irie Junctions closed out the show with a thrilling performance at the end of the night. Once our judges tallied the scores, our big win for 1st place was EB Stone. The singer/songerwriter and rapper all the way from Africa commanded the stage and took home a $25 gift card to The Block. EB will now move on to the Semi Finals May 17th. If he wins there, the solid 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 rap duo Natural Selektion comprised of MCKG and Wrist Lock who chose to take home 2 movie tickets to Cinemark Theatres. 3rd place went to rap duo Zack No Slack and L Boogie Da Mann of Desert Pirates who decided on a $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: Raymond S, Daniel C, Enrique Rodriguez, Saul Ibarra, EB Stone, Frankie Lopez aka Wrist Lock, Gabriel Reyes aka MCKG, Moses Osmosis, Cino, Lando, Nasty Dawg, Abel Lujan, Chris Guzman aka Who Shot the Drummer, Erick Estrada aka Zero Sum Game, Five Acre Dream, Zack No Slack and L Boogie Da Mann of Desert Pirates. 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