Kent Montgomery

 

David Wax and Suz Slezak, together known as David Wax Museum, stop by Excursions to share their bizarrely brilliant “Mexo-Americana” music.

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.”

Dayton-area blues prodigy Reece Lincoln stops by Excursions for a special Veterans Day acoustic performance.

Lincoln, who began playing guitar at 8 years old, has developed into a must-see local live attraction. His band, the Reece Lincoln Band, is well known for its fiery gospel- and blues-soaked stage performances, and has been featured everywhere from Dayton stages to the CBS Early Show.

2007 Fabrizio Ferri

Some might say trumpeter Chris Botti has a natural talent for performing and composing contemporary jazz music. According to Botti, however, he wasn’t born with it.

“Talent is really 99% drive and focus, and 1% luck,” said Botti in this Excursions interview.

Susan Frikken

 

Who makes a perfect “road trip record?” According to Niki Dakota, it’s Peter Mulvey.

Singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey has been recording and touring as a solo artist since the early 1990’s. Originally from Wisconsin, Mulvey’s music has taken him everywhere from Dublin, Ireland to the streets of Boston, where he performed early on in his career. Over the last 15 years, he has steadily developed a following through critically acclaimed folk records like 2006’s “The Knuckleball Suite.”

 

Jokes abound in this laughter-filled 2009 Excursions interview with multi-talented country and jazz musician Dan Hicks.

Hicks has been playing music for over 50 years. Beginning as a drummer as a young child, Hicks joined folk-rock group the Charlatans in 1965. Hicks struck out on his own in the late ‘60s, putting together backing band the Hot Licks for a string of records, including 1973’s classic “Last Train to Hicksville.” The band broke up in the mid-70’s, but has since reformed, releasing several records and touring internationally for the last decade.