Berkeley Lab

Berkeley Lab’s Second Virtual Open Mic – April 17, 2020

The first open mic on March 27th debuted to critical acclaim.

Join us for another evening of music, poetry and community on April 17th!

“This was a balm for these uncertain times, and I loved every minute of it. I am just blown away at all the talent we have at the Lab.”

“This was amazing! I honestly have never felt more connected to the lab community than I did tonight watching everyone come together to enjoy each other’s talents and company.  Thank you!”

“It was one of the most meaningful things I’ve participated in at the Lab in 17 Years.”

“This was a wonderful way to end a couple of difficult weeks.  I have always known that LBNL was a special place. It really is. Thanks so much!”

“Blown away by the talented folks I’m so lucky to work with.”

Date: Friday, April 17, 2020

Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Open mic program and list of performers


Do you, or you and your family, have a hidden talent you’ve been waiting to share with your co-workers? If so, we’d love to have you perform.

The Lab’s Open Mic is a chance to come together, build community, and get to know your colleagues in a unique and fun way–all done virtually, of course! Those who sign up can perform a short song (play an instrument or sing), read a poem or written piece, perform a dance, or share another talent.

Please note that this is an inclusive event: we are not looking for professional-grade performers. In fact, amateurs and first-timers are more than welcome to join our Zoom stage.

This event is hosted by Berkeley Lab’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Office and Employee Resource Groups.

**We will be able to host 500 guests at the open mic. The event will be recorded if you’re not able to attend.

How will it work?

  • Each performer will be given up to 3 minutes at the “mic” to do one piece. For music, this is just one song, and for the written word (poetry etc.), it’s roughly two pages. Our emcee will facilitate the hour and keep everyone to time.
  • During a performance, all Zoom participants will be muted except for the performer and emcee.
  • In an effort to build community and engage with one another, we ask guests to turn on their video if possible so we can see each other and the “audience.”
  • Guests can use the chat box to cheer on your colleagues or add comments.