1/31/17

STORY JAM FAQ



WHAT IS STORY JAM?
It's a flippin' blast of a show! Story Jam combines personal story with original songs written for each story, played by a smokinhot ten-piece band. Some stories are kinda serious; many are hilarious. Music is played throughout the night, and there are often surprise performances and other fun moments. It's pretty darn entertaining, if I may say so!

WHO ARE THE PERFORMERS?
The storytellers are mostly fantastic local performers recruited from the Chicago storytelling scene. Many of them are Moth Slam/Grand Slam winners. Each Story Jam aims for a diverse line-up of interesting, talented people. Sometimes we simply find folks who *should* be on stage, regardless of awards and experience.


WHAT ARE "PERSONALIZED SONGS?"
The stories are sent to me ahead of time before each show. I draw out some of the highlights from the stories, and turn them into tunes! The band learns them ahead of time, and rehearses the day of the show.

HOW/WHY DID YOU START STORY JAM?
Stories cross cultural-racial-social-identity lines, increase our humanity, and unite people! This show was born out of a love for personal story, The Moth, live lit, and of course, music! Story Jam started with just a few shows about three or four years ago, and it has become a regular, pretty-much-monthly thing. I particularly love the challenge of writing six or seven new songs for every show, and I love gathering up a group of diverse, fascinating people to create a unique live experience. With tellers and musicians, there are around 20 performers at every show, which creates a lot of great energy!



WHEN IS THE NEXT SHOW?
Friday, February 24th at Artifact Events in Chicago. 

WHAT ARE YOUR UPCOMING PLANS?
We are currently producing a CD series of some of our favorite stories and their songs (the first cd will be released in June of 2017); and we are broadening our scope with additional new venues. We are also recruiting a few "celebrity" tellers for 2017. 

HOW LONG DOES THE SHOW RUN?
About two hours, with one intermission, and plenty of chances to take breaks, grab snacks or a drink, and even dance some!

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