By Morgan James

The Semi Finals of The CV Open Mic Competition at The Block Sports Bar & Grill in Cathedral City brought well over one hundred fans clamoring to see the talent that we had grace the stage. Incredible performances inspired fans to get up and dance as they cheered on our musicians, representing a multitude of genres from jazz to rock, rap to reggae. Live videos filled social media pages as the night went on and audience giveaways from Brutal Bee Music Group kept the crowd pumped.

Thirteen acts gave it their all for our panel of judges, yet only eight of those thirteen will be moving on to the Grand Finals next Wednesday, January 11th. All eight acts will be competing 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 Spirits, as well as an Artist Development Session from Grammy nominated Producer Ronnie King, a Promotional Photo Shoot from Rav Holly, a Boss RC-1 Loop Station Pedal from Guitar Center Palm Desert, and an Artist Merchandise Package from Brutal Bee Music Group including logo design and 25 t-shirts, stickers and more! Winner takes all!

Our well-deserved grand finalists are: Blackwater Gospel, Porsia & Josiah, Razor J & The Blades, System D, Will of Brightener, Zech B, Kate London, Higher Heights.


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: Will of Brightener, The Burning Example, Razor J & The Blades, Kate London, 5 Acre Dream, Zech B, Daniel Zee, System D, Rod Van Buren, L Boogie Da Mann, Blackwater Gospel, Porsia & Josiah, and Higher Heights. THANK YOU also to our judges: Ed Cellucci, Moe Cheez, Jay Badger, Shawn Don, and Don Larson.

I hope to see you all next WEDNESDAY at THE BLOCK SPORTS BAR & GRILL in Cathedral City for our GRAND FINALS! 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 Spirits, Rav Holly, Guitar Center, Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill, CV Weekly, Canyon Copy & Print, Brutal Bee Music Group, and The Block Sports Bar & Grill. Be sure to “LIKE” for updates! For inquiries contact creator and host, Morgan Alise James at or (714) 651-1911