Dixieland Stomp

   Banish Misfortune plays traditional Irish hornpipes, reels, jigs, waltzes, polkas, airs and songs, as well as accompanied Irish poetry

on fiddle, concertina, flute, accordion, mandolin, whistle, bouzouki and guitar!

The historic Summit House in J. A. Skinner State Park in Hadley

will resonate with live local music on five Thursday evenings this

summer! And weather permitting, audience members can

enjoy a glorious mountaintop sunset at intermission!

Admission: $10 per person. Advance tickets available for sale

after June 1st at three locations below, cash or check only. Additional

porch tickets available at gate day of show (please see below). 

Collage by Marcia Howard

The 2018 Summit House Sunset Concert Series!

Please Note: All concerts held inside the Summit House,

rain or shine!

     Advance tickets for all shows (highly recommended) will be available beginning June 1st, and until 2:00 pm day of show, at three area businesses:

          - Hadley Garden Center, 285 Russell Street (Rt. 9), Hadley

          - Nuttelman's Florists, 135 Woodlawn Avenue, Northampton

          - Carey's Flowers, 300 Newton Street (Rt. 116), South Hadley

      Gates open at 6:00 pm, and The Summit House will open at 7:00 pm. Picnicking is welcome (neither food nor beverages will be available for sale at the event). Tickets and parking are strictly limited, and carpooling from the base and halfway house is encouraged. The Summit House is wheelchair accessible. All hikers/walkers should please carry flashlights.

       Please Note: Once all tickets for indoor seating have been sold, 60 "Porch Only" tickets will be made available for sale at the gate after 6:00 pm on a first-come, first-served basis. The music can be clearly heard on the porch, and patrons are welcome to bring their own lightweight, portable chairs. Please refer to this site for updates on sold-out shows.  

Thursday, July 26, 7:30 pm


     The Hot Club of New England brings the elegant and classic style of the swing era and roaring 20's to a modern audience, with echoes of Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Django Reinhardt and other legends of the Great American Songboook (and yes, we will have a dance floor)!

  Thursday, July 19, 7:30 pm


  August 2

  7:30 pm



for the Summit House
Sunset Concert Series!

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     Ugandan native Gideon Ampeire leads this innovative quartet with traditional East African instruments: the enanga (zither), adungu (harp), and kalimba (thumb piano), all of which he's built himself. Together they weave a sonic landscape that flows seamlessly from intense grooves to joyous dance beats to dreamy textures, completely unique but immediately accessible!  

Thursday, July 12, 7:30 pm


Rani Arbo

and daisy mayhem

A bustling intermission

     Rousing, high-energy, soulful, foot-stomping fun with trumpet, trombone, tuba, clarinet and banjo, playing the classic dixieland and blues of New Orleans, Chicago, and everywhere in between!

Thursday, July 5, 7:30 pm

Enraptured by sound




     Harmony, rhythm, indelible songs – these are the hallmarks of Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, the New England based folk quartet now in its 17th year. From the Newport Folk Festival to the California World Music Festival and beyond, this band’s steadfast brew of wit, camaraderie, and musicality leaves audiences everywhere humming and hopeful, spirits renewed!

Hot Club

of New England

Pre-concert picnicking on the porch


        The Summit House Sunset Concert Series is supported by the Hadley, Amherst, and South Hadley Cultural Councils, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the rangers of J. A. Skinner State Park, and the dedicated volunteers of the Friends of the Mount Holyoke Range.


   The Summit House was built in 1851, and its earliest visitors reads like a Who's Who of

  19th-century writers, poets, artists and dignitaries, such as Charles Dickens, Jenny Lind and

 Thomas Cole. Its original timbers are over a century and a half old, and the building has a

warm acoustic resonance, like an enormous vintage wooden musical instrument perched on

top of a mountain. The sunsets viewed from its porch can be the most spectacular in western

New England. And, picnicking is both welcomed and encouraged on the rolling high

grounds of J. A. Skinner State Park. It is an ideal, exhilarating place for an

evening of friends, food, music, and nature in all its summer glory!