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 Randolph Arts Guild 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!


Farewell Friend
Monday, June 11th from 6-8 pm
The Sunset Theater 234 Sunset Ave. Asheboro, NC
$10.00 tickets at the door

Farewell Friend was started in 2012 by Thomas Troyer. With a multi-layered approach alternative folk country, Farewell Friend delves into lush orchestral textures, gritty distorted guitar solos, and minimal acoustic landscapes to tell stories about love, loss, and identity.   

Their three part conceptual project “Lineage” consists of the remastered EP’s Brother’s KeeperFather and Son, and Grandfather Clock, including two additional singles. This collection of work tells the story of a family line whose history is wrought with struggle, challenge, success, and tragedy. The musical territory covered in this project is diverse as an extended family reunion and divergent as the American landscape.   


Lyn Koonce
Monday, July 9th from 6-8 pm
Sunset Theater
$10, ticket at the door

Lyn Koonce is a singer/songwriter located in Greensboro, who’s style is considered a mixture of Folk/Rock/Jazz/Pop.  She performs solo as well as with her band, Lyn Koonce & Friends, which includes Raymond Brooks on drums and Luke Whitten on guitar and sax.  Lyn is founder and teacher at Harmony Music School, a nonprofit organization which offers free music lessons and instruments to at-risk youth.

Daniel Ayers
Monday, August 13th 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 songsmith 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.

Eric  Bannan

w/ Guest

Sharing Secrets
Monday, September 10th from 6-8 pm
Sunset Theater
$10, ticket at the door

Eric Bannan is a storyteller and performing songwriter whose stories travel the scenic desert highways and lush mountain hollows of the heart. He has been called to share his art to inspire, motivate for positive change and build community. His sound is rooted in folk, driven by foot-tapping funk and seasoned with the blues. With over 37 years of performing experience, Eric’s shows are an energetic celebration of life, love and loss. More info at www.ericbannan.com.

Sharing Secrets is the duo of Danielle Koppel and Berkeley Grimball. Both are trained singers with years of experience on stages and in musical venues. Their extraordinary and sensual vocal blend gives their songs, both originals and covers, remarkable depth and power. Accompanied by Grimball’s deft guitar playing they offer a heartwarming musical experience.

Our Mission:

The mission of the Randolph Arts Guild is to develop, coordinate, and promote activities for the citizens of Randolph County to educate, foster appreciation, and provide for self-expression of the arts.