The DC Conspiracy‘s annual Counter Culture Festival will be held over Memorial Day weekend on Sunday, May 24th at The Soundry in Vienna, Virginia. Now in its fourth year, the Fest highlights DC area comic book and alternative comix creators, local zines of all stripes, DIY t-shirt screeners, craft emporiums, bands and more. Between the scheduled workshop topics and the impressive list of vendors, it should be fairly clear that this is ain’t you daddy’s craft fair. The day’s events run from 10 AM and to 10 PM and admission is F-R-E-E.

The Fourth Annual Counter Culture Festival
The Fourth Annual Counter Culture Festival

Courtesy of, here’s a full rundown of the day’s entertainment:

Schedule of Events for the Counter Culture Fest IV:

10 AM: Journaling with Shauna Lee Lange

11 AM: Performance TBA

12 PM: Making Comics with Matt Dembicki

1 PM: Pilesar
Pilesar (pronounced pie-LEE-zur) is a percussionist and songwriter who specializes in LO-FI 4-TRACK molestation. Instrumentation may include microphone, voice, toys, broken effects pedals, borrowed instruments, thrift store finds, tapes, and various environmental factors. As both a soloist and collaborator, Pilesar has released dozens of fiercely independent recordings on his DIY label, Chameleon Dish Archives. Many of those projects have also found a home on and are free to download.

2 PM: Crochet with Erica Burns of the D.C. Craft Mafia.
Participants will receive a washcloth or a small rosette they can turn into a brooch. Vanessa of NinnyCat Crochet and the D.C. Craft Mafia will be on hand to show you how easy it is!

3 PM: Performance (TBA)

4 PM: Screenprinting with Gyotaku with Anthony Dihle

5 PM: Rifle Recoil
A MASTER OF THE DELAY PEDALS. Jeff Kessel, a.k.a. Rifle Recoil, has a pretty intriguing approach to his music – he largely builds his tunes on delay pedals into a big, bold sound. Some would call it a wall of sound. The Arlington, Va.-based tunesmith pulls a lot out of his limited array of parts. Worth checking out are his immaculate one-man cover of the Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell classic “All I Need” and the funky Prince-like original “Bad Girl.”

6 PM: Embroidery with Erica Burns and Shayne of Novelty Kitten.
Make your own embroidered plushie! Learn to hand embroider, stuff and hand sew a little plushie with members of the D.C. Craft Mafia.

7 PM: The Geeks of Comedy
The Geek Comedy Tour is a collective of the funniest stand-up comedians from the Washington, D.C., area. Each one is an experienced comic, having performed at bars, clubs, and colleges all over the East Coast. Telling their normal jokes to normal audiences but all of that was about to change.
There was something amiss. For you see, they were all gigantic dorks, and comedy club crowds don’t fully appreciate jokes about comic books, anime, and video games. So, they’ve decided to let their freak flag fly, form together, and bring their geek jokes to the horde that needs them most. Since their formation two years ago, The Geek Comedy Tour has performed at a variety of venues, from anime conventions, college shows, and even the grand opening of a comic shop!

8 PM: Michael Auger’s black-light workshop
Auger displays his techniques to crafting art that shine day-glo under black lighting.

9 PM: Donald Keesing
Keesing was the singer and rhythm guitarist for Rain Crow in 1988/89 and Mink Ranch in 1990. He sang with the short-lived 1982 DC Punk band White Zombies (not to be confused with the very popular NY band with the singular version of that name). He is currently working with Randy Austin (Overkill -DC ’76, Slim Jims, Graverobbers w/Karl Straub, Throwbacks…) Bob Young (Tru Fax & The Insaniacs) and CB (Martha Hull & The Steady Jobs) in a band called Dollar Bin.

For more information, including a full list of the vendors who’ll be present at CCFIV, check out their site here.

The Soundry: 316 Old Dominion Road, Vienna, VA 22180

For more Memorial Day events, check out Culture Mob‘s complete listings in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.

Community Counter Culture Festival returns to DC for Memorial Day weekend