In honor of Black History Month, the Fullerton College Black Students Union and UMOJA community helped coordinate Open Mic Night’s “Beat Cafe” Thursday February 21.
The event originated by the Cadena Cultural/Transfer Center, is in its fifth consecutive year.
With help from the Theater Arts Department and Student Affairs, participants of Open Mic Night were able to enjoy free coffee, refreshments and a decorated stage.
“Each year we have more musicians over poets,” said Vince White, Cadena coordinator.
“We have a growing attendance each year, which led us to organize this event in a larger space than last year. It’s also an “open call event,” where anyone can come and sign up to perform and bring their friends.”
Student Samantha Lawson Hanes came to the event for the first time to support her friends who were performing for the audience.
“I think this event on campus is pretty interesting, and almost serves as a foundation for people to come together and share their talents,” Hanes said. “Even though I’m not performing, I’m glad I came to watch my friends and everyone else who came.”
The organizers of Open Mic Night continually encourage everyone to perform or share their inner thoughts and talent with the growing audience that attends each year.
“This Open Mic Night was very unexpected, and I didn’t know about it until someone from the Cadena Cultural Center told me about it, after seeing me with a guitar in the quad,” said Ukelele player, student Marcus Manahan.
“Playing Ukelele brings smiles to people’s faces, and to me that is priceless, especially when I can do it here on campus.”
For more information on future events visit the Cadena Cultural Center, room 212, or visit cadena.fullcoll.edu.