Niki Dakota

Music Director and Host, Excursions

Born a Hoosier, but only living there in spurts, Niki Dakota spent much of her young life moving around the United States with her archeologist mother. Throughout these years, there was always a ukulele somewhere close at hand. By the time the family settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, Ms. Dakota found herself in pursuit of professional music-making as she headed-up the Alterna-Folk band, Plow On Boy. In the course of her first live radio interview to promote the band, Niki’s keen excitedness manifest itself in extreme chattiness. At the conclusion of the segment, the DJ closed the mic and said, “You need to be in radio."  That was in 1990.

In 2002, Niki’s radio career brought her to WYSO where she continues to enjoy a love of music and shares that love with the Miami Valley weekdays on Excursions.

Ways to Connect

Musician and dancer Evie Ladin is getting ready to release a new album in May with her trio.  Ladin, who used to dance with Dayton's Rhythm in Shoes, chatted with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota ahead of the band's performance in St. Paris.

Evie Ladin will perform in St. Paris, Ohio as part of the Possum Hollow Log Cabin Series on April 23rd.

courtesy of Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

This weekend, Kenny G, the best selling instrumental artist in history, will share the stage with the Dayton Philharmonic.  WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota spoke with the legendary saxophone player by phone ahead of his visit to the Miami Valley.

The Dayton Philharmonic presents an evening with Kenny G Friday, April 8th and Saturday, April 9th at the Schuster Center.  More details at: http://daytonperformingarts.org/

Students perform at the 2014 Wright State University ArtsGala
courtesy of Wright State University

After last year's record-setting event, Wright State University's College of Liberal Arts is preparing for the 17th  annual ArtsGala.  Assistant Dean of the College of Liberal Arts Jennie Buckwalter and several Wright State arts students joined WYSO's Niki Dakota in the studio for a preview of the event that benefits students.

Wright State University's ArtsGala is Saturday, April 9th 6:30pm - midnight.  More information is at: wright/edu/artsgala

Joseph A. Rosen

Guy Davis returned to the WYSO studios after many years for a live performance on Excursions ahead of his appearance at Bellefontaine's historic Holland Theatre.  Davis spoke with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about his long-running career in the blues, his musical ties to Yellow Springs and more.

Guy Davis will perform at the Holland Theatre in Bellefontaine on Saturday, April 2nd at 7:30pm.  More information at: www.thehollandtheatre.org/

Wright State University's Opera Department will present two one-act operas this weekend at the Creative Arts Center.  Dr. Kimberly Warrick and WSU opera student Lisa Burwinkle join WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota in the studio to talk about art of opera and the upcoming performance.

Wright State University Opera Department's concert is April 1-3 at Wright State's Creative Arts Center.

The Winding Stream is a documentary that explores the many musical generations of the Carter-Cash family. WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota spoke with director Beth Harrington about the film ahead of its local screening.

The Winding Stream will screen at the Little Art Theatre in Yellow Spring on Thursday, March 24th at 7pm featuring live music from the Corndrinkers. 

Joanna Chattman

Rani Arbo and Dasiy Mayhem stopped by the WYSO studios on their way to Springfield for a performance at Clark State.  The band performed live on Excursions and chatted with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about their storied career in American roots music. 

Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem will perform at Clark State Performing Arts Center's Kuss Auditorium on Friday, March 18th.

Currently on tour in support of their album album, Restless Ones, the Heartless Bastards will be performing in their hometown of Dayton, Ohio.  WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota chatted with the band's Erika Wennerstorm ahead of their visit to the Miami Valley.

Heartless Bastards will perform at Oddbody's on Saturday, March 5th.

Comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer will headline the Antioch School's upcoming comedy gala.  She chatted with WYSO's Niki Dakota on her way to Yellow Springs about her career in comedy, living in the midwest and more.

Suzanne Westenhoefer will perform as part of the Antioch School's comedy gala on March 5th at Antioch College's Foundry Theater.

Weekend of Jazz is a celebration of jazz music in regional high schools hosted by Beavercreek High School, which boasts a robust jazz program. Beavercreek High School Jazz One and director Michael Bisig visited the WYSO studios for a full band preview of the upcoming event live on Excursions.

Weekend of Jazz is March 3rd - 5th at Beavercreek High School.  More info is at: weekendofjazz.org

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