2021 Dates:     May 29        June 26        July 24        August 21        September 18

The pulsing tempo of steel wheels on an iron track make for the perfect percussion to accompany live music amidst wild Arizona scenery. Back by popular demand, Verde Canyon Railroad proudly presents “Rhythm on the Rails” on select evenings during the 2021 summer season.

Several musical groups representing diverse melodic genres will rotate throughout the train, performing private concerts in each of the historic passenger cars after the train rolls out of the Clarkdale depot at 5:30 p.m..

The euphonic adventure through one of the West’s most scenic inner canyons is heightened by plush furnishings, fresh appetizers, and an extensive selection of wine, beer and chic cocktails served at one’s seat … savored to the sophisticated sounds of accomplished musicians.

While melodies reverberate inside, the Canyon takes center stage outside the panoramic windows or from the vantage point of an outdoor-viewing car. Throughout the journey, the soaring red rock walls are painted with a sunset radiance that gives way to a sky punctuated with vibrant stars and a romantic moonglow. It’s Arizona’s longest-running nature show, the perfect venue for live entertainment.


Jason Wylde, based in Mesa, performs Classic & Southern Rock, Folk, and Americana throughout Arizona. He specializes in music from the Allman Bros, Dylan, Seger, Jackson Brown, The Grateful Dead and many more legendary acts from the 60s to the present. 

This husband and wife duo, Natalie & Marty Lucas, normally play with a full band called Nineball, but love performing together whenever they can. Their musical influences cover just about every style imaginable and are sure to play something that everyone in the whole family will enjoy.

Mike and Jack Reeves were surrounded by music from an early age as both of their parents were professional musicians. Mike has worked with artist such as Kenny Wayne Sheppard and continues to perform in venues from Nashville to Los Angeles. Jack formed his own band and performed throughout high school, going on to win an Outstanding Jazz Soloist Award from AHA.  Jack now performs all over the western United States. 

Amy Schugar brings a bluesy approach to her rock and roll style.  She is an American songwriter, arranger, singer and guitarist. She has performed at The Troubadour, Gazzarri’s and the Whisky a Go Go Club on the Sunset Strip.

JC-Jack Couchman is a popular Verde Valley performer having entertained in Arizona for over 48 years with an Acoustic guitar and a vocal style all his own. Jack’s motto is “Give me a stage and I’ll give you a show!” 

Ken and Lyn Mikell play a broad range of traditional music blending in stories of the ghosts of Jerome and cowboy poetry. Since attending the first Arizona Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Prescott in 1987, they have been featured at Cowboy Poetry Gatherings all over the West.

Mix this musical extravaganza with the fascinating views of Verde Canyon and you have a remarkable date night experience.

Reservations are required with limited seating so don’t miss it!

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