Please Note: All concerts held inside the Summit House,

rain or shine!

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 on sale now

at the three locations listed 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!


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

     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!

     Advance tickets for all shows (highly recommended) will be available beginning June 1st, and until 2:00 pm day of show (cash or check only), 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 (closed July 1-4)

      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 110 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 19, 7:30 pm

Hot Club

of New England

     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!

...and, picknicking on the mountain!



        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.

Dixieland Stomp

Thursday, July 12, 7:30 pm

A bustling intermission


  At an elevation of 935 ft. overlooking the Pioneer Valley, 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!

     Rousing, soulful, foot-stomping fun with trombones, clarinet, trumpet, banjo and tuba, playing the classic dixieland and blues of New Orleans, Chicago, and everywhere in between! Just listen to their music samples at their web page below... they'll put an instant smile on your face, and in your heart!

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Pre-concert picnicking on the porch (elevation: 935 ft.!)

     All indoor seating for this concert has SOLD OUT. However, 60 "Porch Only" tickets will be available for sale at the gate at 6:00 pm day of show (see below).

     All indoor seating for this concert has SOLD OUT. However, 60 "Porch Only" tickets will be available for sale at the gate at 6:00 pm day of show (see below).

Thursday, July 26, 7:30 pm

Thursday, July 5, 7:30 pm

Enraptured by sound


  August 2

  7:30 pm

Rani Arbo

and daisy mayhem

   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!