I came across this website (www.thetraintracks.org) where musicians submit videos of them performing their original music on the train. As for the prizes here's what they say on their website:
"Every quarter, we take the most popular acts and throw a party at Phoenix Art Museum. The most popular artist or band of the year goes on to Tempe Music Festival as well as a few other surprises we're working on."
It's a pretty sweet idea, I think. Imagine, instead of commuting through @#%^ rush hour traffic to LA you're riding a train and you get free live music. Niiice. Ok, but doesn't putting their videos online for all to see defeat the purpose here? I dunno. Anyway, here are some of my favorites from the videos online:
Gospel Claws - Don't Let It Die
One question... what the heck is he wearing?
Yourchestra - Space Bar
An accordion, mandolin, string bass, and a bassoon?? Yes plz kthx. Even with the hillbilly getup on the left, this is pretty sweet.
Try Me Bicycle - Big Small
Nice vocal harmony. The website puts it best when they say it "evokes the feeling of day-tripping and long drives at twilight".
Anyway, there's actually lots of good songs on there. Check them out.