By Morgan James

Each 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. Simply incredible! Live videos fill social media adding to the crowd as fans show up to support their favorites. Audience giveaways from sponsor, Brutal Bee Music Group, got the crowd loud and rowdy and jumping at their chance for a unique, exquisite quality t-shirt. Week #8 went smoothly as each performer took the stage in a seamless flow of talent. This week’s local celebrity judges, theatrical extraordinaire and popular Top 40 DJ Alex Updike, as well as poet, lyricist, news director and radio DJ for KCOD Windy Chisom, had the tough job of scoring each performance as they came. Once all of our talented musicians graced the stage and the votes were tallied, it was L Boogie Da Mann who was awarded 1st place. The rapper decided to take home a $25 gift certificate to The Block Sports Bar & Grill and will now move on to the Semi Finals January 4th. If he wins there, the smooth style hip hop artist 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 an artist merchandise package from Brutal Bee Music Group including logo design and 25 t-shirts, stickers and more! 2nd place was awarded to popular punk rock band Nuclear Cowboys who chose to take home a $25 gift certificate to The Block as well. 3rd place went to Zech B who is likened to the rap styling of Eminem and who chose to take home 2 movie tickets to the Mary Pickford theatre.

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 aka D Puppet, Jim Holiday, Erick Estrada of Zero Sum Game, Chris Gorman of Who Shot the Drummer, Zech Braccamontes, Paul Vasquez, Kristen Brawley, L Boogie Da Mann, Mike Sick-boy, Marco Thoma, David Strauss, Danny Zee, Lou King, and CJ Swagg. 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

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