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New Music Festival to Bring John Legend, The Roots and More to Penn's Cave

by on February 27, 2017 10:32 AM

A new three-day summer music festival will bring a lineup of big-name acts to Penn's Cave and Wildlife Park.

The inaugural Karoondinha Music & Arts Festival will take place Friday, July 21 through Sunday, July 23. Organizers announced the first wave of artists scheduled to perform, including John Legend, Odesza, The Roots, Chromeo, Alessia Cara, X Ambassadors and more.

The multi-stage camping festival is the work of sister and brother Kaleena and Paul Rallis, who grew up working at Penn's Cave, their family's business. The siblings have worked in the entertainment industry for the past decade and wanted to create a destination event for the region, according to a release.

In addition to the music, the festival will offer cave, wildlife, and off-roading tours, along with art installations, daily workshops and gourmet food on the 1600-acre cave and park grounds. A kickoff party will be held the night of Thursday, July 20

The festival takes its name from what the Seneca tribe called Penns Valley and the Penn's Cave area -- Karoondinha (pronounced ka-roon-din-ha) meaning "the land of shining waters."

The Karoondinha Festival will partner with two local nonprofit organizations, Wildlife for Everyone and The Bestwick Foundation. Wildlife for Everyone supports wildlife habitats, scientific research and education, youth education and land preservation. The Bestwick Foundation distributes funds to local families who are struggling to fight cancer and other hardships.

Three-day general admission and VIP passes go on sale at noon on Wednesday at General admission passes are $249 and VIP passes are $599. Tickets include a 20 X 20 campsite that can accommodate up to six people and one vehicle. Separate RV parking also will be available. Children 2 and under will be admitted free.

Hawk Eye Presents, an event production company specializing in live concerts and festivals, is producing the festival. Kaleena Rallis is CEO of Hawk Eye Presents, which has produced concerts around the world.

The performers announced to date are listed below. More acts will be announced in the coming weeks, organizers said.


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


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