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This weekend: Raven Music Fest, Faun Fables

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And still the festivals keep coming! The newest addition to the summer calendar is the first Raven Music Fest in Ravenswood's Chase Park, 4701 N. Ashland, from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday with acts including Deanna Devore, piNK dEVil with Danny Black, Chin Up Chin Up, White Rabbits and Tapes 'n Tapes and from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday with performers such as Detholz!, the Bound Stems, Dirty on Purpose and the M's. A $5 donation is requested, and more information and the full lineup can be found at

The otherworldly freak folk of Oakland, Calif.'s Faun Fables, a.k.a. Dawn McCarthy, is a taste I've yet to acquire, though I'm intrigued enough by her fans' rabid enthusiasm and the ethereal sounds of "A Table Forgotten," the new EP on Chicago's Drag City label, to wonder what I'm missing. (Could it be I'm just not taking enough drugs these days?) The group headlines over Maurice and the Singleman Affair at Schuba's, 3159 N. Southport, at 10 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door; for more information, call (773) 525-2508.

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Generally speaking, I'd say it's probably a given that you're not taking enough drugs these days. I know I'm not.

And the $5 donation goes to ... ?
These festival people have a nice racket going.

"Otherworldly freak folk" does intrigue me.

How was the 1st Annual Raven Music Fest?

What kind of racket are such festivals? I imagine the Raven fest lost money given the relatively small attendance on Saturday for some bands that must have cost a little money. Of course, they had about 30 sponsors, so the neighborhood association probably did okay.

I had a good time, but there weren't many people there. The Air and Water show was the same weekend and had loud planes flying overhead during the afternoon which was kind of funny.

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