Banish Misfortune is a six-member band that plays traditional music from Ireland. Their instrumentation includes fiddle, concertina, mandolin, accordion, bouzouki, flute, whistle and guitar, with which they perform rousing sets of hornpipes, reels, jigs, waltzes, slides, polkas and airs, as well as the occasional inspired song or accompanied Irish poem. All its players hail from western New England, some having played together for decades. In 2015 they released their first-ever CD, “No Strangers Here”, and were voted one of the “Top 5 Bands in the Valley” in the Valley Advocate Grand Band Slam!
A bustling intermission
Thurs., Aug. 4, 7:30 pm
Thursday, July 28, 7:30
Libro Azul performs music based on the Son and Afro Cuban clave forms, and rhythms include Guaguanco, Son, Cha Cha and Afro 6/8 from Cuba, Bolero, Bomba and Plena from Puerto Rico, Merengue from Dominican Republic, Cumbia and Samba from South America, and American Jazz and Blues forms. Composers include Rafael Hernandez, Johnny Pacheco, Mongo Santamaria, Cal Tjader, Carlos Jobin, Dizzie Gillespie, as well as original compositions by the band's founder, Joe Velez. And yes, there will be a dance floor!
PLEASE NOTE: Once all indoor seating has been sold, there will still be 60 "Porch Tickets" available for sale at the gate day of show (see below)!
Anchored by vintage jazz piano genres from stride to bebop, the Matt DeChamplain Trio was formed in honor of the great trios led by Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Phineas Newborn, Ray Brown, Ahmad Jamal, Tal Farlow and Nat "King" Cole. DeChamplain’s command of the keyboard reaches far and deep, ranging from Thomas “Fats” Waller through Duke Ellington and beyond, creatively inventing in the moment musical interpretations uniquely his own. Chris Morrison’s guitar adds a fluidity and expressive warmth reminiscient of many of the jazz guitar greats, and Matthew Dwonszyk’s bass solidly underscores the trio’s rhythmic foundations. Together they bring humility, respect and a dynamic freshness to some of jazz’s finest compositions.
Thursday, July 7, 7:30 pm
Collage by Marcia Howard
Thursday, July 21, 7:30 pm
Pre-concert picnicking on the porch (elevation: 935 ft.!)
Atlantic Brass Quintet
Enraptured by sound
The 2022 Summit House Sunset Concert Series!
...and, picknicking on the mountain!
A bird's-eye view
Originating as an acoustic trio, Kara Wolf, Laura Buchanan and Kerrie Bowden maintain their vocal roots and continue to shape their music through collaborative songwriting. With over seven years performing together, these Western Mass natives have honed a special sound that surrounds the listener with contagious melodies and intricate harmonies. They’ve since expanded into a full band with some of the Valley’s finest musicians - Jared Quinn (guitar), Marc Seedorf (bass), Darby Wolf (keys) and Andrew Ricketts (drums) - filling their growing repertoire with synergy and heart.
Thursday, July 14, 7:30 pm
All indoor seating for the Atlantic Brass Quintet has SOLD OUT. However, there will be 60 "Porch Tickets" available for sale at the gate day of show - please see below!
The Summit House Sunset Concert Series is supported by the Hadley, Amherst, and South Hadley Cultural Councils, Kestrel Land Trust, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the rangers of Skinner State Park, and the dedicated volunteers of the Friends of the Mount Holyoke Range.
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Widely acclaimed as one of the world's finest brass chamber ensembles, the Atlantic Brass Quintet has performed throughout the U.S. including Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood and The White House, as well as in dozens of countries around the globe. They specialize in masterful presentations of repertoire spanning five centuries, as well as a broad spectrum of styles from Bach and Brahms to Mehldau and Monk to Brazil and the Balkans. Winner of six international chamber music competitions, their distinctive sound and stunning virtuosity has won unanimous praise from critics worldwide.
Advance online tickets ($15.00 per person) for all shows (highly recommended) will be sold online until 12:00 noon day of show. All tickets purchased online will be available to be picked up at the gate day of show. Any remaining indoor tickets, as well as a limited number or 'Porch Tickets', will be available for sale at the gate after 6:00 pm day of show ($15 per person, cash only).
Gates open at 6:00 pm, and The Summit House will open at 6:45 pm. Picnicking is welcome (neither food nor beverages will be available for sale at the event). Parking is strictly limited, and carpooling among Covid-vaccinated patrons is requested if you are joining friends/family at the show. All concerts are rain or shine, and the Summit House is wheelchair accessible. All hikers/walkers should please carry flashlights.
Porch Tickets: Once all tickets for indoor seating have been sold, a limited number of "Porch Tickets" will be available for sale at the gate after 6:00 pm (cash only) 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.
The historic Summit House in Skinner State Park in Hadley
will resonate with live local music, rain or shine, on five Thursday evenings this summer of 2022! And, audience members can enjoy
a glorious mountaintop sunset at intermission!
Admission: $15 advance (online) / $15 day of show (at gate, cash only)
Advance online tickets are ON SALE NOW at:
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!