Lake Braddock Secondary School students have found a way to “unplug” from the demands of school in a coffee house type setting...no amplifiers, no electric or bass guitars, and no taped accompaniment.
Since 1994, R.L. Mirabel, the artistic director for the Lake Braddock Theater department, has provided opportunities throughout the year for students to gather together and enjoy acoustic music, performed mainly by current students.
A few students introduce their own original music. According to Mirabel, in 2011, there was one show that featured 40 acts. “This year we have gone back to less acts (usually averaging 24), but the crowds are still coming. That is impressive,” said Mirabel.
Due to the unfamiliarity of the program, Unplugged began with a rough start in 1994. However, Mirabel pushed through the challenges of establishing a new program, focused on Lake Braddock youth with a deep desire to provide students an opportunity to showcase their talents in a mellow and encouraging atmosphere.
This venue has continued to be a highlight of the year for students and community members alike. Many of these same students have gone on to hone their skills to become professional musicians.
For further information on upcoming performances and photos check out the facebook page, LBT-Unplugged.