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Your Guide to Live Music in Rim Country

Rim Country is a small little part of Arizona that includes a handful of little mountain towns. But lest you think that we’re lacking an art scene here, think again. There is a robust culture of live music all throughout Rim Country. Keep reading for an overview of where you can find live music, along with links to see who is playing and when! We’ll start with options closest to the Inn, and then travel out from there. While you’ll definitely find a lot of Country musicians up here, don’t let that keep you away if that’s not your jam (pun intended). There are blues, rock, folk, pop, r&b, and so many other types of music to be found here!


If you want to stay close to the Inn, these are the local options.

Bandits - summertime stage set-up in their front parking lot with live bands throughout the summer!

The Weekender – lots of one-person or small band acts

An audience faces a band on a stage


4-minute drive from The Strawberry Inn

THAT Brewery – Head to THAT Brewery for open mic nights, live cover bands, and groups performing original music. A mix of genres.

Old County Inn Sometimes you will find a full band on the patio, and other times just a guitar player/singer in the tap room on Wednesday nights.

Pinewood Tavern live bands inside, old-fashioned square-dancing country music- you’ll catch the locals 2’steppin’ and tearing up the dance floor!

A solo musician strums guitar and sings


25-minute drive from The Strawberry Inn

Shroom Room – Join for “plug and play” sessions, and live bands

Green Valley Park Summer Concert Series A mix of music styles! Bring your blankets and picnics to the huge outdoor amphitheater.

Payson Farmers Market – Casual small bands playing a mix of music while you browse the booths at the Farmers Market

Mackey’s – Live bands playing covers and original music on the patio. Mix of genres.

Rim Country BBQ – Solo artists and small bands playing a mix of genres.

The Oxbow – traditional country music from live bands and DJs

Buffalo Bar & Grill – traditional country music from live bands.

Mazatzal Casino – large scale concert venue. Big name acts play here!

A band on a stage plays music while the audience watches from the grass

Star Valley

26-minute drive from The Strawberry Inn

Midtown Yard – A mix of genres. Karaoke nights + live bands

Spur Bar – Classic Cowboy bar. Expect country music!

Happy Jack

39-minute drive from The Strawberry Inn

Jack’s Place – solo artists, duos, and full bands play on the stage inside the restaurant. A mix of genres, with a focus on country music.

A large group gathers in a dance hall for music and square dancing

Punkin Center

57-minute drive from The Strawberry Inn – a perfect stop on your way to or from the Valley!

Punkin Center Bar and Grill – Live music & karaoke. Call the restaurant for the music schedule.

Roosevelt Lake

60-minute drive from The Strawberry Inn

Jake’s Corner Bar (a bit closer than the marina!) – Solo acts and small bands play on the small stage inside the restaurant. Genres include rock, folk, and country.

Two musicians face the camera, each holding a guitar and smiling

Christopher Creek

90-minute drive from The Strawberry Inn

Creekside Tavern – Live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Solo acts and small bands playing a mix of genres.

An outdoor space illuminated by hanging lights with a band playing in the corner while people listen

Do you know of another great spot to see live music in Rim Country? Shoot us a message, and we will add it to the list! Plan a musical Rim Country getaway by clicking here to book your stay at The Strawberry Inn.

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