The Randolph Arts Guild is your window to the arts in Randolph County. We have a few upcoming events to offer our community the chance to experience the arts.
Dean Driver to perform on Monday August 14th
Bobbie Needham to perform Monday September 11th Abigail Dowd to perform on Monday October 16th
All to perform at the Sunset Theater from 6-8pm
Asheboro, NC: The Randolph Arts Guild is partnering with the City of Asheboro and Sunset Theater to introduce new and emerging musicians and composers. Join us on Mondays, mid month every month beginning in August for an opportunity to hear and enjoy original works from area artists. Compiling these talented musicians, RAG is depending largely on Jack Gorham, known as Asheboro’s “Junkman” yet incredibly talented as a musician and composer in his own right. We are excited to offer these musicians an opportunity to showcase their hard work, talents, skills, and dedication to their craft. The Emerging Artist Series is one of our many new programs, and will be offered at Sunset Theater, from 6 pm until 8 pm. Tickets at the door, $10 entry per person. See the artist biographies to find out more about the artists and when they will perform. We look forward to seeing you there!
For more information visit www.randolphartsguild.com or visit our Facebook. Questions? Call 336-629-0399
Dean Driver BIO:
Dean Driver started playing guitar in his teens, but pretty much set music aside for a couple of decades while he focused on raising a family. As his kids started leaving the nest, he started hearing songs in his head, calling him to pick up his old guitar and learn to play it in completely new ways. Each song, he says, presented itself to him and challenged him to turn it into reality. The inspirations continued until he felt the need to produce an all-original album at age 50, which he aptly called Late Bloomer. The all-acoustic songs on the this album don’t fall into any particular genre – this music in many ways appears to emerge from nowhere, though his influences (Beatles, John Prine, Paul Simon, and maybe a little Mozart) can be heard lurking between the lines. Since first performing before an audience in 2010, Dean has performed hundreds of shows up and down the East Coast, often appearing with his daughter Riley on accordion and vocals. His consistent mission is to encourage others to step outside of their comfort zones and act on their artistic impulses.
With the help of a bunch of music-loving friends and family, Dean and his partner Laurel started a non-profit music venue in 2011 by converting an old tobacco barn on their property into a funky little stage. They called it Doodad Farm, and after six years it’s become one of the Triad area’s favorite spots for live music.
Bobbie Needham Bio:
“Realizing the vicarious musical life provided by my musician daughters would end as they fledged, I began playing guitar, singing and eventually writing my own songs. Initially drawn to country, honky-tonk and bluegrass, I’ve edged my way into my current favorites – blues and swing. Inspiration comes from odd words found in crossword puzzles, comments overheard by hopefully discrete eavesdropping and ideas wafting through the clouds just waiting to be noticed and claimed. Sharing the “aha!” realizations that come with time just on the off chance it might save someone else some missteps is the best part. Sometimes singing it aloud makes things clear in a way speaking cannot. I grew up in Greensboro for the most part but left after graduating from UNC/G. After years away I’m back to find Greensboro is just full of music! So good to be home…”
Abigail Dowd Bio:
The Short: Singer, songwriter, guitarist Abigail grew up under the North Carolina longleaf pines and hints of the early Celtic settlers weave through her music. Her lyrics are mesmerizing and her bluesy voice has been described as “a rare thing that is at once strong and generous in its vulnerability.” She blends her classical guitar style with the edgy bass and percussion of Jason Duff.
The Longer: Singer/songwriter Abigail Dowd grew up under the longleaf pine trees in North Carolina and comes from a long line of musicians. She taught herself to play the guitar at age 14 and went on to study classical guitar with Danny Infantino. In 2009, with a duffle bag and her guitar, Abigail moved to Florence, Italy, and then to Maine, where she spent five years writing songs and developing her own style. Her bluesy voice has been described as “at once strong and generous in its vulnerability.” She blends her classical guitar style with the edgy bass and percussion of Jason Duff, a Greensboro native who has been performing for over 25 years.
The Randolph Arts
is proud to present the
October 7th & 8th 2017
10am – 6pm
Downtown Asheboro, NC – Sponsored by the Randolph Arts Guild this festival is a combination of street fair, bazaar, harvest celebration and homecoming. Held in downtown Asheboro the first full Saturday and Sunday in October.
The event boasts over 400 vendors, music, amusements, livestock show, heritage village and much more!
This year, you will notice that our vendor prices have changed after 45 years in order to accommodate the needs of a growing festival. Please note that we have changed our booth costs to reflect of the cost of the event.
- See our class offerings! We have painting, sculpture, ceramics, and fiber arts coming up!
- Want to go visit the NC Museum of Art to see the Ansel Adams and Rennaissance paintings? Take a look at our upcoming trip!