what started as a "one & done" bucket list idea for founder, dustin burke - "storytellers" has evolved from way more than just singing church songs & drinking whiskey. now, a clothing brand, small collectives of people who meet in bars all over sactown to talk life/faith, & unapologetic concerts filled with songs & stories about the love of Jesus in packed bars & clubs all over the city - this is the story behind "storytellers" - sacramento's newest & most controversial faith-based community.
"storytellers" started in a VIP booth in a sac-town music venue/club - "harlow's". while not necessarily in a moment of visionary genius, dustin - our now founder, raised a glass to some friends in between 2 great songs & said "cheers". they clinked cocktail glasses & pint glasses together like they had a hundred times before in that very same booth. as dustin leaned back over the railing - he had this unrelenting sense that he wanted to sing worship songs from that stage. in fact - he even shared the idea with the folks who were with him that night (many of which are part of our "storytellers" team). while everyone there quickly agreed & loved the idea - dustin decided to just enjoy the night of music together rather than risk one of those embarrassing "hold my beer" moments where the ol' liquid courage causes you to abandon common sense...for what you're convinced "is a good idea"...only to realize it's viral on the internet the next morning. hypothetically speaking, of course. :-)
for dustin & those friends who were there that night - it wasn't uncommon for many of them sharing that booth to have just been in church singing those songs dustin was talking about together. in fact - getting together for drinks and/or live music after just pulling off a worship set at their home church was a pretty common saturday night activity.
all that said - what has now grown to be a brand/apparel line & a community of risk-takers & boundary pushers who meet in large & small numbers in bars all over sacramento, ca - started off simply as a "bucket list" line item for dustin. in that moment - he simply wanted to merge 2 of the things he enjoyed most in life: singing about Jesus...& drinking with friends. after sharing the idea with his wife & "storytellers" co-founder, jess, - she instantly shot down the idea. well...at least his initial name idea. :-) this "one & done" idea of hosting a night of worship in a bar (that dustin originally wanted to call "Jesus & jack daniels") has now evolved into a collective of new friends & old who are very simply "storytellers".
we're sharing our lives & stories together - & celebrating the greatest story of all time - the story of Jesus. "storytellers" simply exists to "bring reckless love to unexpected places". we're a space to drink with friends, find community, discover faith, ask questions, share stories. we are simply a place to belong.
good question. it's 3 things:
we'll let you know when there's news-worthy stuff going on with the storytellers family. cheers.
our goal is to drive every ounce of sales back to the venues, bars, & small business owners who allow us to share their space. none of the musicians make a dime to play. if you'd like to help cover some of the costs such as production, travel, marketing, equipment, etc - it would make such a huge difference.
here are the "conversation starters" we use as we meet in bars/restaurants to talk about life & faith. we gather in hopes that people would share their stories of life & love & loss. we gather as a safe place to share doubts & ask questions. with all of us...we believe that truly every.story.matters.