Arts & Culture

Native New Yorker Joe Driscoll met his West African collaborator Sekou Kouyate in England where Kouyate lived up to his nickname of being "the Jimi Hendrix of the kora." An album, Faya, followed and the pair are now on tour and will be appear in Dayton as part of the University of Dayton's ArtsLive series.  Driscoll visited the WYSO studios ahead of the duo's UD performance for an acoustic set on Excursions and spoke with Music Director Niki Dakota about this unique collaboration.

Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate will perform on February 12th at UD's Boll Theater.

On Friday the 13th, Babbling April will celebrate the release of their debut EP with a show at Blind Bob's in the Oregon District.  They'll be joined onstage by Grenades!?, who recently released their own debut album, Interrobang.  Members of both bands visited the WYSO studios for a conversation with Niki Dakota on Excursions and shared tracks from these new releases.

Babbling April and Grenades!? will perform Friday, February 13th, at Blind Bobs in downtown Dayton.

StoryCorps

On Miami Valley StoryCorps we bring you conversations between local people who went to the StoryCorps booth in Dayton last spring.  Today we meet Victor Ndisanze who visited the StoryCorps booth with his friend Jean Berry to talk about his family in Rwanda and his new community in Dayton.

This interview was edited by Community Voices producer Alan Staiger.

Conrad Balliet reads Gary Pacernick's poem, "Letter To Dan, no. 3"

Louisville's Vessel stopped by the WYSO studio on their way to a Columbus gig for a live set on Excursions.  The six-piece band chatted with Music Director Niki Dakota about their latest release, upcoming shows and more.

Vessel will perform at Old Crow in Middletown on Saturday, February 7th.

Conrad Balliet reads David Petreman's poem. "Kathryn B., Deceased."

Having previously performed on the show with his band Room & Board, Jonathan Hape returned to Kaleidoscope to share some of his solo material.  Hape performed live in the WYSO studios and talked with host Juliet Fromholt about crafting songs as a solo performer.

Jonathan Hape will perform on Saturday, February 7th at 3pm at Omega Music and later that night at Blind Bob's.

A mutual appreciation for each other's music at the Spirited Goat Coffeehouse's open mic brought the members of Gin-Soaked Angels together.  The band visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleidoscope and talked about writing together, recording and what they love about performing live.

Gin-Soaked Angels will perform at the Gulch in Yellow Springs on Saturday, February 7th.

Live music engineered by Tom Amrhein

Guitar player Eric Loy returns to the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions.  He spoke with Music Director Niki Dakota about his unique playing style, the visual nature of guitar music and more.

Eric Loy will perform at the Spirited Goat Coffeehouse in Yellow Springs on Saturday, February 7th. 

Both a drummer and bass player, Ryan Simpson is now exploring guitar and vocals.  Ahead of his performance at the songwriters in the round session at the 60s vs 70s tribute show, Simpson visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions.

Ryan Simpson will perform at the 60 vs 70s tribute show on January 30th at Gilly's.

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