Summer on the Horizon

Hey gang! 

We have some great stuff on the horizon this month. Desiring Dead Flesh, old school crust punk featuring Bryan Hampton of Ripped Heart is here on May 10th. And it just gets more and more exciting. 

We've paired up with Fusion Shows to bring Sworn In to Counter Culture on the 23rd. This is a show you won't want to miss featuring heavy hitting locals, Mortem and Elizabeth Stryde. 

A week later, we have a real personal favorite, Nnamdi Ogbonnaya here with Detroit darlings Mover Shaker and Doc Waffles. This is a mixed bill with a little bit of every genre in it. Psychedelic rock and glam to verbose and playful hip hop. A real jewel of a show.

Then on June 3rd, Citizen returns to Counter Culture. We are beyond excited for them and our good friends in Forest Green. The Duhaime brothers play in each of these bands and it's one of the first time's they'll take the stage together with these respective bands. We are thrilled to host it and you should too.

As always, we encourage you to get out there and do something. Come to a show, make some art, hang it on our walls, go to the Red Eye and hang it on theirs! Connect with the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy and help them plant wildflowers, go for a ride with the Counter Cruise. See a show at Dow Gardens this summer. Buy a ticket to Bledfest at the Hartland Performing Arts Center. Summer is here and we're ready to party. 

Fresh This Spring!

Hello Everybody!

Just checking into remind you of some of the great stuff we have going on here. The 10th features a great pop punk show with Lowlife Productions featuring Southpaw. The 16th will boast The Crooked Youth Tour put on by Homesick Productions. Then, Monday night, we have your childhood hero, Drake Bell in the house. This show is a partnership with Excellency Music. We have a house show on the 24th featuring our dear friends in Palomino Witchcraft and Counter Culture's own, Josh Hartley. Then on the 26th we partner up with SVSU and the Roethke Festival to bring you the phenomenal poet, Douglas Kearney, all the way from California. We'll end the month with a dance put on by Peer 360 on 3/30. And somewhere in there we're getting new art from Dillon Call! He is bringing photographs attached to the Roethke Festival as well.

The Roethke Festival only happens every three years and we're very happy to partner up with them. Please make your way to their social media ( https://www.facebook.com/roethkefest/ ) and better yet, make it to an event! 

Hope to see you at one of ours. And if you didn't figure it out, we love to collaborate, so please get involved. We may be able to help you achieve something you never knew, well, any of us could do!

Martin Luther King Day

Hello everybody.

We over at Counter Culture just want to stop and recognize the achievements of many great thinkers, leaders and people before us. Martin Luther King Jr. was a great man and part of a movement that is still ongoing today. We care about these issues greatly and deeply. Civil Rights means everything to Counter Culture. We want to continue to support people from every aspect of life. Diversity, in all of it's splendors is what makes us as humans, stronger. 

We know what it means to dream. All men are created equal. Thank you so much to the pioneers who have paved the way. We hope all of you take a moment to reflect what this means to you today. Stay opposed to those things in culture that would have you do otherwise. 

Thank you Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

 - Counter Culture

We turn 3 Saturday January 6th

Hey all, 

We don't use our website as often as we use social media. Thanks for following us over there. We started our journey in 2014. But our official start was the first week of January 2015. Thanks for seeing us through three years of arts and culture!

This fall the main proprietors behind Counter Culture were absorbed into some larger companies. There has been a learning curve on making all of these things work. Their events and our own. It appears we're getting over the hill on that and we'll be back in action.

But we want to remind you, this is the Counter Culture Arts COLLECTIVE. This is a DIY/DIT space. Counter Culture is as much yours as it is anybody's. This is your year to create that event you've always wanted to. Make that piece of art, start that band, go to that protest, start that rally, buy a new bicycle. Whatever it may mean for you. We want to help. 

Get off your couch!

Been a while since we shared these principles. Ours are changing and refining year by year, but this is what got us to start. Taken from the lineage of The DAAC in Grand Rapids and  Mess Hall in Chicago (We also share some values with Silent Barn in Brooklyn and our brothers and Sisters at the Flint Local 432). 

DAAC/Mess Hall

1. We insist on neutral platforms for individual and cultural expression

2. We value spaces run by the people who use them

3. We encourage collaboration over competition

4. We support the transition from a “do-it-yourself” (DIY) attitude to a “do-it-together” (DIT) community

5. We strive to be inclusive and to interact with other groups and communities

6. We believe everyone has something to contribute

7. We believe that age should not limit participation in cultural production

8. We are committed to remaining non-commercial, independent and institutionally transparent.

9. We strive to create a safe and accessible place that emphasizes mutual respect for all

10. We believe that constructive criticism is a foundation of healthy communities

 

See ya at the gig baby!

Happy Holidays

We've been so busy bringing you great events. Thank you to everyone who has supported us this year. We have a non-stop ball of exciting news for you.

We also want to encourage you to get involved. If you have an idea, an event you want to put on, a band you'd like to bring to town, some art that you have made and would like to show off, get in touch with us. This is an Arts Collective, and we want you to be a large part of it.

Enjoy the end of the year festivities and don't wait to make a resolution. Feed those dreams in your head. Make some art, go to a show (anywhere), connect with the people around you. Life starts right now. 

Patchwork Art & Music Festival

We are super excited for the team behind Patchwork and the events that they have been putting together. For a limited 48 - 72 hours, an all week festival pass will be available for $25. After that the early bird will be $32.50. Both of these are insanely great deals for a week of shows that is going to be out of this world. Check it out and get involved.

http://patchwork.brownpapertickets.com/

See you there!

Does anyone look at websites anymore?

It's been some time since we've updated this site, but that doesn't mean that we haven't been busy.  In the last few months, we located, secured, renovated and opened in a new space.  We are relatively close to the old location (only a few blocks away), but we are happier here than ever.

Our opening has already passed, and we've even crowdfunded a bit of coin to help keep our new doors open.  I could go on and on, but the best way to find out about Counter Culture is to come experience it.  Our address is 620 Gratiot Avenue, Saginaw, MI.  Check out the event page to find out what's happening soon.

For more frequent updates, please Like our Facebook page at :

www.facebook.com/counterculturearts

On the move.

We don't use our website nearly as often as we should, as our facebook gets most of that attention.  For those who don't already know, we are being forced to move.  There are several reasons behind it that we will explain later, but for now, please check our facebook regularly for more updates as to where shows are being moved and info on the new location.

www.facebook.com/counterculturearts

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Opening weekend was a huge hit.  Our opening art and music shows both saw large crowds and lots of smiling faces.  The smaller turnouts at our other events were still just as great, and were our way of "cutting our teeth" on new things like lectures, hangouts, wellness groups, and film screenings.  We thank you from the bottom of our hearts, and are so happy.

This is just the beginning though, and we need your help and support to keep the momentum going.  So, please show your continued support and spread the word.  We have so many more events in the coming months.  Get excited!  We know we are.

With Love, Curtis & Ben.