Volition Partners with House Studios on Open Mic Event

Photos courtesy of Lean/House Studios

Volition, Mason’s undergraduate literary and arts journal, recently partnered with House Studios, a Grammy Award-winning multimedia company, to host a very special Open Mic Night to showcase the talents of Mason students and promote the arts scene on campus. Billed as a “music industry night,” the event offered students a chance to perform for recording professionals and appreciate the creativity of their fellow Patriots.

Over 130 attendees and performers turned out on Thursday, March 8th, for an evening of live performances including original music, poetry, spoken word, rap, a cappella, and standup comedy in the Johnson Center Bistro. In addition to a diverse set of Mason performers, three artists signed to the House label — Mannywellz, Luke James Shaffer, and Sydney Franklin — performed songs from their current albums. Listen to WGMU Radio’s exclusive in-studio interviews with Manny and Luke over at

Volition has been a showcase for emerging artists for over 20 years and currently publishes a print issue featuring original creative work submitted by Mason students every semester (click here to read the most recent issue). As a living complement to their print work, Volition hosts two Open Mic Nights per semester that provide a platform for students with aspirations in the performing arts to share their creations and experience the works of other artists.

Special thank you to Daniel Strauch and Jake Grotticelli from House Studios for helping make this event possible! Many thanks also to Mannywellz, Luke James Shaffer, and Sydney Franklin for sharing their time and talents with the Mason community.

Check back for more Volition Open Mic Night events in Fall 2018!