Arts & Culture

As the band prepares for its album release, the members of Scarecrow Sideshow visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleidoscope.  They chatted with Juliet Fromholt about the process of writing and recording the album, upcoming live shows and more.

Scarecrow Sideshow will celebrate the release of their new album on August 20th at Peaches in Yellow Springs.

Since his last visit to the WYSO studios, Mack McKenzie and his band have been hard at work on their latest album, A Million Miles.  As the band prepares for a fall release, they visited the WYSO studios to preview some tracks on Kaleidoscope and played a few acoustic songs live in the studio. 

Mack McKenzie will perform on Friday, August 12th at the Tumbleweed Connection.  A Million Miles is set to be released in early October.

Conrad Balliet reads Gary Pacernick's poems, "Story From the Chemo Room" and "Track 7."

When I was in kindergarten I fell in love with postage stamps and became a passionate stamp collector. This early hobby turned me into a huge admirer of the United States Post Office. A small boy trying to build a stamp collection had to be creative. Des Moines had many tall buildings and a number of them were the home offices for insurance companies. My dad worked at one of them so I was aware that these buildings contained many floors filled with secretaries at desks laboring at typewriters. There were hundreds of desks with many young women seated nearby.

Lori Gravley reads her poem, "Shadow Mistaken."

Have you ever considered writing your memoir? Have you had an interesting life? Do you believe you can express yourself in print in a compelling way? And what if you had to illustrate every chapter of your memoir with a painting that you created to depict the events that you were describing? Now that would be difficult, wouldn't it?

  Sonia Sanchez, a prominent black rights activist and critically acclaimed poet, came to the Dayton area to speak at Wilberforce University's 160th anniversary celebration. Sanchez is best known for her part in helping create the first Black studies program in higher education. She came to the WYSO studio to speak with Gabriel Civil, a performance arts professor at Antioch college. The two reflect on Sanchez's life,her poetry and the black arts movement through years of change and intergenerational influence.  


With nearly a dozen members hailing from various branches of the Dayton musical family, Lioness will aim to make their shows into special events.  Nathan Peters, Burris Dixon and Maria Dixon visited the WYSO studios to share some of the new band's recordings and talk about their upcoming debut show at Jimmie's Ladder 11.

Lioness' debut show is Saturday, August 13th at Jimmie's Ladder 11 with Moira, Human Cannonball and Trunk Bound Regime.

Still a relatively new band, The Meal Tickets have spent their first year writing and performing and are now headed into the studio to work on an upcoming album.  The band visited the WYSO studios for a live performance on Kaleidoscope and spoke with host Juliet Fromholt.

The Meal Tickets will perform at Jimmy's Ladder 11 on August 26th.

Conrad Balliet reads James Brooks' poem, "Gliding."