By Morgan James

The crowd went wild this week and they packed into The Block Sports Bar & Grill to hear contestants give their best performance hoping to be the last to qualify for the semi-finals January 4th. The CV Open Mic Competition was reeling with performers and enthusiastic onlookers, riled up by audience giveaways such as quality t-shirts from Brutal Bee Music Group. Celebrity judge, Brett McLaughlin of popular band Caxton had the tough job of scoring each performance. Once each of our talented musicians graced the stage and the votes were tallied, it was Jeremy Goodlander aka 5 Acre Dream who was awarded 1st place and decided to take home a $25 gift certificate to The Block. 5 Acre Dream will now move on to the Semi Finals January 4th. If he wins there, he will compete in the Grand Finals on January 11th 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, and 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! 2nd place was awarded to Brandon of Before the Funeral who took home a movie ticket for the Mary Pickford Theatre. 3rd place was a tie between MCKG who took home two tickets to Century Theatres and Wrist Lock who decided on a $25 gift certificate to The Block Sports Bar & Grill.

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. Jeremy Goodlander aka 5 Acre Dream, Joe Montes aka Cino, Frankie Lopez aka Wrist Lock, Osmosis, Jim Holiday, LBoogie da Mann, Zack No Slack, Gabriel Reyes aka MCKG, Brandon of Before the Funeral, Rick Dame aka Warrior Spirit Falcon that Sings, Daniel Scopelitis aka Aviators, Oscar aka Fantasma Satanica, 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 Spirits, Rav Holly, Guitar Center, CV Weekly, Canyon Copy & Print, Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill, Brutal Bee Music Group, 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 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