Story League sings … And you can too

\'Story League Sings! 2: Bad Girls\' combines live-band karaoke with storytelling to great effect. The show will take place at the Black Cat on Friday, Aug. 9. (Courtesy Story League, photo by Rachel Eisley)

Dana Gooley, special to wtop.com

WASHINGTON – Half rock star fantasy, half hilarious confessional, Story League Sings! 2: Bad Girls combines live-band karaoke with storytelling to great effect.

The show is wildly popular. The first-ever Story League Sings! drew over 350 people to the Black Cat in Northwest D.C., and the upcoming second edition, this Friday, Aug. 9, promises a packed house, as well.

So what, exactly, is Story League?

Co-founded by SM Shrake and Cathy Alter in 2010, Story League bridges the gap between D.C.’s theater and nightlife scenes.

According to Shrake, storytelling appeals to fans of both.

“It’s true personal stories for adults told in a bar, with drinks available at night, on stage. Or some variation on the order of those terms,” he says.

The best part? It could be you up there next time. Anyone is welcome to submit a story idea for the group’s monthly contests or tryout for the group’s curated shows.

It’s an accessible art form.

“You can’t just say


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