When Rockstar Storytellers made their debut in 2007, few would have predicted a popular renaissance for raconteurs. Unfortunately, in this instance, the majority were proven correct. As a performance art, storytelling is still considered by many to be an antiquated form. Thankfully, those who have experienced an evening with the Rockstars tend to walk away with such misconceptions thoroughly dashed. Forget the stereotype of dourly delivered memoirs of repressed angst. Each of the Rockstars excels at engaging the audience through indelibly phrased, skillfully paced ruminations that can be convulsively funny. Each performance inevitably offers enough spoken-word versatility to underscore each artist's unique style, encompassing richly detailed monologues, irreverent standup humor, and rhythmically propulsive poetry. Other than a topical theme that typically designates each performance, the common thread that unifies the Rockstars is a firm commitment to the enduring appeal of their art form. Don't be fooled by their easygoing demeanor: The Rockstars rank among the most dedicated performers in the Twin Cities, and there's no better chance to sample their collective work than at their annual Greatest Hits show, in which members (currently consisting of Amy Salloway, Allegra Lingo, Courtney McLean, Joseph Scrimshaw, Tom Reed, Rob Callahan, Laura Bidgood, Maggie Ryan Sandford, and Allison Broeren) perform enough standout material to suggest that storytelling could just be emerging as the art form of the future.
Sun., June 16, 7 p.m.; Sun., July 28, 7 p.m., 2013