By Morgan James

Every week, the CV Open Mic Competition at The Block Sports Bar & Grill in Cathedral City delivers a consistent crowd of excited performers and cheering fans. Amazing! Live videos fill social media adding to the crowd as the night rolls on and shared by performers and fans. Audience giveaways from new sponsor, Brutal Bee Music Group, got the crowd pumped up and dancing for their prize. This week’s local celebrity judge, singer/songwriter Courtney Chambers, had the tough job of scoring each amazing band and artist. Once all of our talented musicians graced the stage and the votes were tallied, it was newcomer Daniel Zee who was awarded 1st place. The hip keyboardist decided to take home a $25 gift certificate to Stuft Pizza and will now move on to the Semi Finals January 4th. If he wins there, the groovy musician 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, a Boss RC-1 Loop Station Pedal from Guitar Center Palm Desert, and just added this week- an artist merchandise package including logo design and 25 t-shirts, stickers and more! 2nd place was awarded to L Boogie Da Mann two weeks in a row who chose to take home a $25 gift certificate to Stuft Pizza as well. 3rd place went to Razor J who gained a few new enthusiastic fans and who chose the popular prize of a Stuft Pizza gift certificate as well.

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: Juan C Espino aka Razor J, Tomas Granillo, Jim Holiday, L Boogie Da Mann, Daniel Z Gutierrez, Zecheriah Bracamontes, Lou King, Michael Morgida, Marco Thoma, Luna Elizabeth, Steven Hicks aka Blaccstarr, Pete Campbell aka Versa Style, Vivian Walker, Hannah Mills, Joe Montes aka Cino, Tyler LaSalle and Shiloh of Melting Pink, as well as Songmeister, Bass Emporer, and EMP of Braun Fraulein. 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, 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! 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 and note that the competition usually ends around 10:30pm so be sure your friends and family know to stay until the end to voice their vote!!! For questions or information about sign-up, please see or contact creator and host, Morgan Alise James at or (714) 651-1911