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John Legend scheduled to appear at Centre Hall music festival

By Frank Ready

February 27, 2017 11:02 AM

Music makes the people come together — that and names like John Legend typically do the trick.

On Monday morning, the Karoondinha Music and Arts Festival announced some of the talent scheduled to appear at Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park this summer. Highlights from the first crop include Daya, The Roots, Mavis Staples and Chromeo, but more than 30 additional names are expected to drop toward the end of March.

“So far the response has been very positive,” said Kaleena Rallis, who co-founded the festival with her brother, Paul.

The Centre Hall-based jamboree will run from July 21 to 23, but a limited quantity of general admission passes will be available Wednesday on For $249 plus fees, ticket-holders will gain access to all three days of the festival and a 20-by-20 foot site on the general admission campgrounds.

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While putting together the lineup for the first-year festival, the Rallis’ were focused on providing an inclusive experience that took advantage of the family-friendly atmosphere at Penn’s Cave.

“We said from the beginning, let’s have acts that our grandmother would be excited about” said Rallis

Of course if anyone else has enthusiasm to spare, they would be fine with that, too. The Rallis’ are hopeful that the festival introduces some fresh faces to Centre County.

“We grew up in central Pennsylvania and are very proud of where we came from,” said Rallis.

Karoondinha Music and Arts Festival lineup

John Legend


The Roots


Alessia Cara

X Ambassadors


Maren Morris

St. Lucia



Jon Bellion


Marian Hill


Jacob Collier

Mavis Staples



Olivia Holt

Colony House

Jordan Fisher

The Griswolds


Drake White and the Big Fire


Morgan James


Wild Child

Chukwudi Hodge


City of the Sun

Andy Allo

Spencer Ludwig

Syncopated Ladies

Shy Girls

Mikaela Davis

Sarah Reich

Little Hurricane

Tall Heights


Savoir Adore

Mail the Horse

Welshly Arms




Bad Bad Hats

Busty and the Bass

Hollis Brown