Recognizing the Best of the Valley’s Independent Musicians and Bands on Sunday, May 17

By Tracy Dietlin

Got your tix for the 2rd Annual CV Music Awards? Time is running out to get the tickets at the pre-event price of $25 for the Sunday, May 17 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 cash 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 CV Music Awards has become one of the most anticipated events on the valley’s music scene!

A special “Pioneer Award” will be presented to Sean Wheeler (Sean & Zander, Throwrag), along with “Trailblazer Awards” given to local desert rock legends Brant Bjork (Brant Bjork and the Low Desert Punks, Vista Chino, Fu Manchu, Kyuss) and Nick Oliveri (Nick Oliveri’s Uncontrollable, Mondo Generator, QOTSA, Kyuss).

This year a “Lifetime Achievement Award” has also been added and will be awarded to the amazing Trini Lopez, America’s first Latin Pop Star and long-time desert resident, whose life in music and movies include16 Top 40 songs on the charts, a role as one of the original “Dirty Dozen” on the big screen, an induction into the International Latin Hall of Fame, a Golden Halo Award and who is currently in the process of making his 66th CD.

Emcees for the event include: Patrick Evans (CBS Local 2 meteorologist), Bob Forrest (musician, Thelonious Monster, Bicycle Thief, VH-1’s Celebrity Rehab counselor), Rachel Haden (recording artist with The Haden Triplets who recently performed Stagecoach) Jimi Fitz (DJ/ The Blend on Desert Radio Group’s new station The Breeze), Bronwyn Ison (owner Evolve Yoga, CV Weekly writer) and Julie Buehler (host of Buehler’s Day Off, KMIR Sports Analyst, CV Weekly Sports columnist).

Winners will be announced in 30 categories by celebrity presenters, and local bands  Bridger, Blasting Echo, Michael Keeth & Martin Barrera, Perishment, Machin’, Rick Shelley, Wayward Sirens, Chase Huna, Gina Carey, Caxton, Tribe-O, R Buckle Rd., Spankshaft, The Rebel Noise, Thr3Strykes, and You Know Who, will perform during the Awards show.

In addition to the awards show there is an after-party that starts at 9 p.m. with a limited number of $75 VIP party tickets available (includes the awards show entry). The VIP tix include a hosted bar that includes Crater Lake Vodka & Gin, CVB Brewing Co., wine, and food sponsored by Smoketree BBQ (Funkey Industries) and Desert Restaurant Group will provide food from 3 of their restaurants including Maracas, The Slice and bb’s at the River. There will also be entertainment by DJ Alex Harrington, a full set by nominated 80s cover band, Long Duk Dong and a special “Unplugged” performance by nominated Punk Band, Se7en4.

I am so excited about this year’s CV Music Awards. 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 including Astrella, Fashion Designer and Creator of the Musical T’s.

In addition to saluting the great independent music of the Coachella Valley, the CV Music Awards will also support Loving All Animals with a raffle.

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, call (760) 501-6228 or To book a room reservation at the Riviera for the awards night, call 866-588-8311 and mention CV Weekly Awards to get the special discount rate of $112.00.

CV Music Awards would like to thank our Title Sponsors: Renova Solar, CV Weekly, The Riviera Palm Springs and Hard Rock Hotel. Gold Sponsors: Crater Lake Vodka, CV Brewing Company, Maracas, The Slice, bb’s at The River, Smoketree BBQ, Tg Tat, Desert Wraps, Musicians Outlet, CYM Lighting and DarMar Awards.

2015 CV Music Awards Line Up

5:00 – Machin’ Performs

5:05 – Introduction of Emcees: Bronwyn Ison & Jimi Fitz

5:10 – Gina Carey Performs

5:15 – Emcees explain how nominees were selected

Best Blues Award

Introduce Alex Harrington as Music Awards Resident DJ

5:25 – Rick Shelley Performs

5:30 – Best Keyboards Award

Best Event Promoter Award

Best Event DJ Award

5:40 – Spankshaft Performs

5:45 – Best Live Performance Band Award

5:50 – Lifetime Achievement Award to Trini Lopez

6:00 – Chase Huna Performs

6:05 – Best Cover Band Award

Best Jazz Award

6:15 – Caxton Performs

6:20 – Best Club DJ Award

Best Club Promoter Award

6:25 – Michael Keeth & Martin Barrera Perform

6:30 – Introduction of Emcees Patrick Evans & Julie Buehler

Best Duo Award

Best Adult Contemporary Award

6:40 – The Rebel Noise Performs

6:45 – “Pioneer Award” to Sean Wheeler

6:55 – Best Bass Award

7:00 – Appreciation of Sponsors

7:05 – Blasting Echo Performs

7:10 – Best Guitar Award

Best Country Band Award

Best Alternative Band Award

7:20 – Tribe-O Performs

7:25 – Best Rock Band Award

Best Producer Award

Best Male Vocalist Award

7:35 – Wayward Sirens Performs

7:40 – Introduce Presenters David Ross, Calista Carradine and Alex Burdon-Young

Best Reggae Award

Best Rap/Hip Hop Award

7:50 – You Know Who Performs

7:55 – Introduction of Emcees: Bob Forrest and Rachel Haden

Best Drummer Award

Best Live Performance Venue Award

8:05 – Introduce Presenter Astrella

Best Female Vocalist Award

8:10 – R Buckle Road Performs

8:15 – Best New Band Award

8:20 – “Trailblazers Awards” to Nick Oliveri and Brant Bjork

Best Punk Band Award

8:30 – Perishment Performs

8:35 – Best Frontman Award

Best Metal Band Award

8:40 – Thr3 Strykes Performs

8:45 – Best Frontwoman Award

Best Album

8:50 – Bridger Performs

8:55 – Best Band Award

End Show