By Morgan James

What an incredible session we had at The Block Sports Bar & Grill. The CV Open Mic Competition wrapped with an exciting conclusion of a Grand Finals on Wednesday night. The crowd cheered on each performer and took photos and videos with their favorites. Giveaways from Brutal Bee Music Group even got fans dancing in the isles competing themselves for great prizes like quality custom t-shirts. Each of our eight finalists performed with passion and gave us all a memorable show! Our judges had a tough job, but in the end it was MARCO THOMA aka SYSTEM D who stole the show and won it all, taking home the Grand Prizes of a 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 Spirits, as well as an Artist Development Session from Grammy nominated Producer Ronnie King, a Promotional Photo Shoot from Rav Holly, and a Boss RC-1 Loop Station Pedal from Guitar Center Palm Desert, and a $500 Artist Merchandise Package from Brutal Bee Music Group including logo design and 25 t-shirts, stickers and more!

THANK YOU to ALL eight of our Grand Finals JUDGES: TK- Program Director at 93.7 KCLB and Radio DJ, Ed Cellucci- Professional Jazz Drummer and Musician, Jimi Heil- Frontman of Braun Fraulein and Professional Sound Engineer, Moe Cheez- Entertainer and Entrepreneur, Rob Lawrence- Frontman of Upper Class Poverty, Kathy Schreifer- Regional Manager for Bendistillery and Music Sponsor, Jay Badger- Avid Music Fan with long history involved in the Music Industry, & Shawn Don- Recording Artist and Entertainer.

THANK YOU to ALL our Grand Finals PERFORMERS: Blackwater Gospel, Will of Brightener, Zech B, Kate London, Porsia & Josiah, Higher Heights, System D, and Razor J. Also a big thanks to Johnny Carmona, our amazing sound technician.


SPECIAL THANKS to ALL of our SPONSORS: Desert C.A.M. Studios/Winmill Films & Chip Miller, Ronnie King Music, Crater Lake Spirits, Rav Holly, Guitar Center, Coachella Valley Weekly, Canyon Copy & Print, Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill, Brutal Bee Music Group, and The Block Sports Bar & Grill.

I hope to see you all NEXT WEDNESDAY at THE BLOCK SPORTS BAR & GRILL in Cathedral City as we kick off ANOTHER OPEN MIC! Look for coverage of this week’s event and the announcement of winners in the next issue of Coachella Valley Weekly! 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 the fun! The show runs about 8pm – 10:30pm. For questions or information about sign-up, please see or contact creator and host, Morgan Alise James at or (714) 651-1911