In a special segment, Niki Dakota interviews the masterminds and several of the musicians behind “This is Planet Earth,” the upcoming Dayton tribute to Duran Duran, which takes place at Canal Street Tavern on March 16th.
Chuck Cleaver and Lisa Walker of the indie rock band Wussy stop by Excursion for a stripped-down performance and friendly interview with host Niki Dakota.
Wussy formed in Cincinnati in 2001 following the breakup of Cleaver’s previous group, Ass Ponys. The group released its debut album, Funeral Dress, in 2005, and followed it with a string of critically acclaimed records. Wussy’s latest album, Strawberry, was released in late 2011.
Folk trio Brother Sun brings a gospel and country tinged performance to Excursions.
Joe Jencks, Pat Wictor and Greg Greenway comprise Brother Sun, a folk trio boasting rich instrumentation and jarring three-part harmonies. Each a touring solo artist in his own right, the members of the group joined together in 2010 after a mutual festival performance. The group took off, spending much of 2011 touring heavily in support of their self-titled debut album.
Dayton-area bluegrass group Sawgrass stops by Excursions for a fun performance and interview in advance of their performance at GearFest 2011.
Sawgrass, which formed in 2005 as an outlet for Springfield singer/songwriter Ryan Judy, is a modern interpretation of the musical stylings of artists such as Hank Williams and Bill Monroe. The group plays high-energy bluegrass music, full of strong harmonies and rich instrumentation.
In this Excursions performance, the group tears through a four-song bluegrass set, which includes the uplifting “Workin’ on a Building.”