Emerging Artist Series

Emerging Artists Series

The Emerging Artists Series was born out of a need for the Randolph Arts Guild to highlight and showcase local talent.  We at the RAG want to support local artists in any shape possible to help them gain exposure and popularity.  Emerging Artists concerts will be held one Monday a month at the Sunset Theatre from 6-8 pm.  Admission is $10 at the door.  Please come out and enjoy the talents of our local musicians!



Attention all Randolph Arts Guild Patrons:  Due to sever inclement weather, the Randolph Arts Guild will be suspending all activities on Monday December 10th.  There will be no classes or activities in the building. We will keep you posted on further announcements.

In addition, we are very sad to announce that Monday evening’s Emerging Artist Series Concert with the Chatham Rabbits will not be held at the Sunset Theater Monday night.  We are working on a future date to invite this wonderful band to come to Asheboro.

Tickets for January’s Concert with Whiskey Foxtrot are now on sale, and can be purchased through Morings Fine Crafts as well as Brightside Gallery, beginning December 14th.  Annual passes for all 2019 shows can also be purchased at this time.

Please contact us with any questions.

Stay tuned!

Chatham Rabbits

Monday, December 10th From 6-8 pm
Sunset Theater
$10, ticket at the door

With palpable chemistry and warmth, Chatham Rabbits Sarah Ocborne McCombie (vocals, banjo) and Austin McCombie (vocals, guitar, fiddle), fill each space they enter with brightness and sincerity.
Their songs are stories flushed with vivid imagery, contemplative metaphors and evidence of their binding ties to the South.  Hailing from Bynum, North Carolina, just like the original Chatham Rabbits Stringband of the early 20th century, this duo lights up any stage.
With Chatham Rabbits now as their full-time career and their ’86 Minnie Winnebago taking on the highways, Sarah and Austin have made a commitment to make the most out of life by putting their all into making the music they love.


Whiskey Foxtrot

Thursday, January10th From 6-8 pm
Sunset Theater
$10, ticket at the door

Whiskey Foxtrot is an Americana band from Winston-Salem, NC founded by Seth Williams and Sam Foster in 2017. Both Seth and Sam had been performing as solo artists for several years around North Carolina, and on various occasions would perform shows together.  Afterwards, they decided to team up together to form Whiskey Foxtrot in 2017, they quickly became a regional favorite. They play hundreds of shows per year across North Carolina and Virginia while continuing to grow a following in the Southeastern US, including Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina.

Whiskey Foxtrot is comprised of Seth Williams (Vocals/Guitar,) Sam Foster (Vocals/Guitar,) Brad Cardille (Bass/Vocals,) Terry VunCannon (Lap Steel,) and Steven Worley (Drums.) The group can perform as an acoustic duo, trio, or with the full five piece band.  The group is primarily influenced by Blackberry Smoke, American Aquarium, Waylon Jennings, The Allman Brothers Band, Tom Petty, and The Eagles just to name a few. Their music is a combination of country, blues, and rock ‘n roll, which is reflective of these influences. As of Spring/Summer 2018 the band is working a bank of original music in order to record their first studio LP.

Seth and Sam have both released solo records in 2018. Sam’s sophomore solo album “Hardened Hearts” was released March 2018, and Seth’s second solo album “Burn” was released May 25, 2018. Their solo records are available for download on all major streaming/download platforms (iTunes/Spotify/Amazon/etc.)

Daniel Ayers

Thursday, February 14th From 6-8 pm
Sunset Theater
$10, ticket at the door

A history teacher by day, Daniel Ayers moonlights as a millennial folk artist, bringing his gifts as a song-smith and storyteller to audiences statewide. At twenty-two years old, Ayers’ eclectic blend of musical traditions reveals an artistic aptitude far beyond his years. Audiences can expect the unexpected with Daniel Ayers as he rolls out country, blues, old-time, bluegrass, rock ‘n roll, folk, and even a helping or two of North Carolina’s rich storytelling tradition.

Ayers’ North Carolina Piedmont pedigree spans three centuries and the people and places of Ayers’ treasured homeland hold a sacred place in his art. In 2016, Ayers’ ballad “Chelimo Ran to Rio”, an ode to Greensboro’s hometown hero and Olympic medalist Paul Chelimo, received widespread media coverage and glowing approval from the Olympian himself. In 2018, Ayers won the Piedmont One Mic Festival’s songwriting competition with “L.G.B. & T,” a timely, light-hearted reflection on love in the twenty-first century.

Ayers’ honest, homegrown songwriting has attracted the interest and advocacy of venerable North Carolina songwriters such as David Childers, Jim Avett, and Bruce Piephoff, with whom Ayers has frequently shared the stage.  An up-and-coming millennial artist, Ayers is making good time around the Piedmont musical circuit, performing at the Haw River Ballroom, the Raleigh Farmers Market, the Saxapahaw Farmers Market Haywagon, and High Point’s Centennial Station. Most notably, Ayers recently performed at Greensboro’s Listen Speakeasy before a sold-out audience.

The Zinc Kings

Thursday March 14th From 6-8 pm
Sunset Theater
$10, ticket at the door

The Zinc Kings began in the fall of 2010 when musicians playing in the University of North Carolina Greensboro Old Time ensemble. Christen Blanton, Dan Clouse and Mark Dillon realized that while they loved Appalachian music there was a huge area of music that was not being addressed, the music of the North Carolina Piedmont. Music from this region tends to be more heavily influenced by the blues tradition and it is reflected in the playing of many of the tunes played. After starting the band they quickly found themselves overwhelmed by demand for music from the North Carolina Piedmont.

Each the three founding members have long backgrounds in music. Blanten is a professional viola player, Dillon a longtime songwriter and Clouse a professional tuba player. Very few of these skills make it into the Zinc Kings but their experience in playing the music is reflected in their lively performances.

Since their inception as a band in the fall of 2010 The Zinc Kings have been playing seemingly non-stop including performances at local venues and festivals including Hoppin John fiddle festival, The Charlie Poole Festival, Fiddlers Grove, Asheville’s Bele Chere Festival and multiple private engagements. In the summer of 2011 The Zinc Kings became the house band for the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Theaterfest production of Where Music Kills Sorrow.  In the spring of 2011 The Zinc Kings released their self-titled debut album The Zinc KIngs. Recorded over the course of a extended weekend with no overdubs and two microphones the album is an accurate representation of The Zinc Kings live performances.

Since their initial inception The Zinc Kings have also added additional musicians to their lineup including Ryan Mack on the Bass and Doug Baker on multiple instruments.