WYSO

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

David Payne returned to the WYSO studio for an acoustic set on Excursions with Niki Dakota ahead of the release of his new EP, Cheaper Than Therapy.  

David Payne will celebrate the release of Cheaper Than Therapy on Saturday, August 19th at the Yellow Cab.  Doors open at 7pm; music starts at 8pm.

Expanding from a trio to a five piece band, Manray joined Niki Dakota live in the WYSO studios for an acoustic set ahead of the release of their new album, Two Kinds of Worry

Manray will celebrate the release of Two Kinds of Worry on Saturday, August 5, at the Yellow Cab.  They'll be joined onstage by Gap Tooth Grin and Lioness. 

Miami Valley native Alex Turner has been living and performing music in China for four years, including a stint with rock band Carsick Cars. As part of a visit home to Yellow Springs, Turner visited the WYSO studios to sit in with Niki Dakota on Excursions.  They spoke about Turner's musical career, and he shared a sampling of modern Chinese indie rock. 

Johnny Neel (Allman Brothers) visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions ahead of his HogJam 2017 performance.  Festival organizer Tony Herdman joined Neel and WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota to talk about the event.

HogJam 2017 is August 25-27th at the VFW Campgrounds in Franklin, Ohio.  More information below:

Nigerian-based artist Ben Ibebe returned to the WYSO studios to talk about a new series focused on jazz that will be featured at the Front Street studios.  Ibebe and Niki Dakota were joined in studio by the Collaboratory's Peter Benkendorf to talk about art, music and more.

Ben Ibebe's Jazz series is on display at Front Street studios beginning on Friday, July 7.  There will be an artist reception on Thursday, July 13, 5-8pm.

Hailing from Chicago, Faux Furrs visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions.  The band talked with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about their latest album Taxonomy, the Chicago scene and more

Faux Furrs will perform at Jimmie's Ladder 11 on July 3rd with Gap Tooth Grin and Army of Infants. 

Rite of Venus join Niki Dakota in the WYSO studios for an extended, live rendition of Excursions Versions.  The band talked about their upcoming gigs, the meaning behind their name and more.

Rite of Venus will perform on Thursday, June 29th at Blind Bob's and Friday, June 30th at the Yellow Cab's Taco Truck Takedown event. 

courtesy of YSKP

Hailing from the Miami Valley and the Dayton area theater spectrum, YS Kids Playhouse brings local youth together to create original works. With a long running history of nearly 23 years, YSKP is dedicated to creating a piece of theater for the local youth that explore their talents and issues that are important to them. Luminous Luna is a musical that will narrate stories about the moon with the help of mythology from different cultures, modern stories and scientific facts. Directors Ara G.

Dayton, Ohio is one of several locations in the U.S. and Canada that will receive ashes from the sacred fire at Standing Rock Reservation.  Later this month, the sacred fires will be re-lit around the continent.  On Thursday, June 15th local musicians will perform a benefit concert for the Stand Rock Fire Runners, who will deliver the sacred ashes to our community.  Event organizer Sue Elam and featured speaker Guy Jones joined Niki Dakota live on Excursions to talk about about the upcoming events.

Cincinnati-based band The Lovers visited the WYSO studios for a live acoustic performance on Excursions, and chatted with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota.

The Lovers will perform at HogJam 2017, August 25 - 27th.  More information on the festval here: https://www.facebook.com/HogJamMusicFestival/

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