By Morgan James

Week #7 was a huge hit with our enthusiastic crowd of the CV Open Mic Competition 2017 at The Block Sports Bar & Grill in Cathedral City! It was a thrilling show as each performer gave a heartfelt performance. Live social media videos ran throughout the evening as fans streamed their favorite performances live. promotions for our performers cam by way of video interviews from fans and promoters in the crowd. T-shirts from Brutal Bee Music Group were given away to several of our cheering fans as they enjoyed great food from The Block and Crater Lake Rye Whiskey Specials! It was a close call once our judge tallied the scores, so close in fact that we had a tie for first place! Our two big winners of the evening were Jeremy Goodlander of 5 Acre Dream as well as Ervin Gutierrez aka Novelist. Both Jeremy and Ervin took home $25 gift certificates to Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill and will both be moving on to the Semi Finals May 17th. If they win there, these incredible artists 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 this week was awarded to Cino who chose to took home a $25 gift certificate to Murph’s Gaslight. 3rd place went to Nasty Dawg who also decided to take home 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: Ervin Gutierrez aka Novelist, Jeremy Goodlander of 5 Acre Dream, Cino, Anthony C Juarez aka Nasty Dawg, Chris Guzman of Who Shot the Drummer, Erick Estrada of Zero Sum Game, Marque Londen, Zack No Slack and L Boogie Da Mann of Desert Pirates, Moses Osmosis, CTZ, and MCKG. 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