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Bil Lepp to tell his tales

Fan-favorite Bil Lepp is coming to Jonesborough.


Always one to perform for a full house in Jonesborough, storyteller Bil Lepp will soon begin his weeklong residency at the International Storytelling Center.

Lepp’s appearance is part of the Storytelling Live! concert series, one of ISC’s signature programs. Also known as the Teller-in-Residence program, Storytelling Live! will bring a new performer to Jonesborough each week through the end of October.

The West Virginian native made his name in local tall tale contests before going on to become one of the biggest names in the business. Now beloved around the world for his outlandish sense of humor and his stylish original tales, Lepp remains a fixture in the Jonesborough storytelling scene.

Lepp’s residency is an extended encore to his season-opening performance this past April, when he told stories to a sold-out crowd. He’ll also be performing at the National Storytelling Festival the first weekend of October. The Storytelling Live! format affords the rare opportunity to see Lepp in an intimate venue.

During the residency, Lepp will share a range of tall tales, including his infamous stories about his best friend Skeeter. Most of his stories are inspired by real life, even when they move far beyond the realm of possibility.

On Thursday, Sept. 12, Lepp will offer a special evening concert, “Chaos Doesn’t Happen on Its Own.” The nighttime performance will begin at 7:30 p.m., with tickets priced at just $15. Matinee performances will be offered for five days, Tuesday to Saturday, September 10-14. Lepp’s matinee performances at the International Storytelling Center will begin at 2 p.m.

All concerts are in the International Storytelling Center’s intimate state-of-the-art theater, located on Main Street.

Tickets can be purchased in advance on ISC’s website, in person, or over the phone. Walk-in seating is available the day of the show, while supplies last. Tickets for all afternoon matinees are $12 for adults, and $11 for seniors, students, and anyone under 18.

As many times as Lepp has performed in Jonesborough, the thrill is always there.

“I have people in the audience who have never been to storytelling before,” Lepp said. “I like to give them a full-blown view of what it can be. I’m just always excited to come down to Jonesborough.”

The premier sponsor of Storytelling Live! is Ballad Health.