By Morgan James

The CV Open Mic Competition 2017 at The Block Sports Bar & Grill in Cathedral City week #8 was an incredible show full of enthusiastic performances. Newcomer contestants brought their best as they challenged some of our regulars to some friendly competition and thoroughly entertained our excited crowd. Some of our veteran open mic-cers gave a twist in their usual performances in hopes of wowing our judges. Audience giveaways like t-shirts from Brutal Bee Music Group got the crowd roaring for a chance at a quality, custom t-shirt. Once the judge votes were tallied, it was bag pipe player Joel M Daniel aka Marine Sandpiper who took home 1st place. The energetic rock and roll singer and bag pipe player took home 2 movie tickets to Cinemark Theatres and will now move on to the Semi Finals May 17th. If he wins there, he 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 Mo-Say aka Moses Osmosis whose powerful music captured the crowd and who took home a gift certificate to Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill for $25. 3rd place went to rapper Cino who also brought the heat and was awarded a $25 gift certificate 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: Daniel Scopelitis, Fantasma Satanica, Joel M Daniel, Marine Sandpiper, Bino Sotelo, Moses Osmosis, Cino, Anthony C Juarez aka Nasty Dawg, 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