Sunday, May 18th. Doors Open at 4:00PM

By Judith Sulkin

Got your tix for the CV Music Awards? Time is running out to get the tickets at the pre-event price of $25 for the Sunday, May 18 show at the Riviera Palm Springs starting at 5 p.m.

If you wait until the day of the awards show and concert, tickets will be $35 at the door.

Just like national awards shows, like the Grammys or CMAs, this will be the party of the year for local musicians and bands! In only its second year, the CVMAs has become one of the most anticipated events on the valley’s music scene!

In addition to the awards show there is an after-party that starts at 9 p.m. with a limited number of $25 VIP party tickets available (in addition to the awards show). The VIP tix include a hosted bar sponsored by Crater Lake Vodka & Gin, Coachella Valley Brewing Co., wine sponsored by Tilted Kilt, and food sponsored by BAR and Giuseppe’s (Funkey Industries) and DaKine, along with entertainment by DJ JF//Discord and a special performance by 2013 Best Band winner Jesika Von Rabbit performing her new solo project – a winner with fans and critics alike.

In addition to announcing winners in 24 categories by celebrity presenters, including actress Krista Allen and other surprise guests, local bands Se7en4, Bridger, Blasting Echo, Remnants of Man, House of Broken Promises, Michael Keeth & Martin Barrera, John Stanley King, Long Duk Dong, Perishment, Machin’, The Hive Minds, Might Delta-Tones, The Hellions and Inner Planetary Monks will perform during the evening.

A special “Pioneer Award” will be presented to Mario Lalli (Fatson Jetson, Yawning Man) who was one of the original musicians who started the “desert rock genre” with his generator parties back in the 80s and 90s.

Also on hand to receive a special “Trailblazer Award” are Zach and Erica Huskey who recently celebrated 20 years with their band Dali’s Lama and owning their own record label.

Another “Trailblazer Award” will be presented to the band Unsound who formed here in the desert in 1988 and are still going strong as they recently performed at Schmidy’s to a standing room only crowd.

The Coachella Valley Music Awards are the brain-child of CV Weekly Publisher Tracy Dietlin, a writer and music-lover who believes in promoting the independent bands and music venues across the valley. “I am so excited about this year’s CVMAs!,” she said. “We have such a talented and diverse roster of performers this year. They are all so amazing. This year’s Awards will thrill and delight music lovers of all genres. It is an event you don’t want to miss. We even have several surprise celebrity presenters scheduled to appear.”

In addition to saluting the great independent music of the Coachella Valley, the CVMAs will also support Loving All Animals with a music lovers’ raffle. The grand prize package includes a Dean MAB3 SVB grey and black electric guitar, that retails for $548.75 from Musician’s Outlet, drum skin and sticks signed by Dave Lombardo of Slayer & Philm; massage and beauty package; tattoo certificate from Tg Tat; along with other surprises.

With its own long history associated with the music and entertainment industry, the Riviera Palm Springs is the perfect spot for this party. The midcentury hotel is located at 1600 N. Indian Canyon Drive. For tickets and information, contact Dietlin at (760) 501-6228 or

CV Music Award Sponsors:
Discount Hydroponics
Desert Wraps
Crater Lake Vodka & Gin
Tilted Kilt
Smoketree Supper Club
Musicians Outlet & SIR
Loving All Animals
Guitar ER
Tg Tat
Riviera Palm Springs

Best of the CV Nominees:

Best Rock Band:
Blasting Echo
Pictures from Eden
House of Broken Promises ( HOBP )
The Hellions
Drop the World

Best Metal Band:
Remnants of Man
In the Name of the Dead
Brain Vat

Best Reggae Band:
Mikey Reyes Acoustic Movement
Soul Opus
Irie Junction

Best Punk Band:
You Know Who
Whiskey & Knives

Best Country Band:
R Buckle Road
The Sibleys
Black Roses
Chris Unck
Wade Crawford

Best Rap/Hip Hop:
Thr3 Strykes
J. Patron
Abel Lujan

Best Cover Band:
Long Duk Dong
John Stanley King
Dude Jones
Wyte Gye
The Refills

Best Live Performance Band:
Blasting Echo

Best New Band:
Hive Minds
The Yip Yops
Sun & Sail Club

Best Jazz Band/Artist:
Penny Unniversity
Will Donato
Mikole Kaar
John Stanley King
Brian Nova

Best Blues Band/Artist:
Kal David
The Mighty Delta-Tones
John Stanley King
The Bonethumpers
Agua Blues Masters

Best Adult Contemporary:
Kevin Henry
Lola Rossi
Slim Man
Steve Ditullio
Martin Ross

Best Duo:
Derek Jordan Gregg & Sean Poe
Michael Keeth & Martin Barrera
Mikey Reyes & Bryanna Evaro
Giselle Woo & David Macias
Sean Wheeler & Zander Schloss

Best Female Vocalist:
Chelsea Sugarbritches
Lisa Lynn Morgan
Giselle Woo
Christina Reyes
Nicky Vallee

Best Male Vocalist:
Michael Keeth
Paul Cotterell
John Stanley King
Josh Heinz
Derek Jordan Gregg

Best Band:
Blasting Echo
The Hellions
Pictures from Eden
House of Broken Promises ( HOBP )
Rebel Noise
Dali’s Llama

Best Drummer:
Steve Hall
Mike Cancino
Katie Cathcart
Benny Cancino Jr.
Alfredo Hernandez

Best Bass:
Armando Flores
Laramie Eve
Dan Wheat
Mike Smith
Joe Mora

Best Guitar:
Arthur Seay
Bobby Nichols
Rudy Mendez
Pete Burquez
Jon Arnold

Best Frontman:
Nick Flores
Joe Lynn
Jim Cathcart
Josh Heinz
Zach Huskey

Best Club DJ:
All Night Shoes
DJ Angelique
Alf Alpha
Ron Cameron

Best Event DJ:
DJ Ray
DJ Craig Michaels
DJ Day
DJ Habenero
DJ Smoke

Best Promoter:
BB Ingle
Ray Phillips
Brandon Henderson
Steve Johns
Jeremy McCormick

Best Live Performance Venue:
Date Shed
The Hood
Pappy & Harriet’s
The Show
The Rockyard