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

Theatre of Sound
via Dayton Theatre Guild

Michael and Sandy Bashaw are bringing their Theatre of Sound Sound Sculpture Concert event to the Dayton Theatre Guild this week. The Bashaws came to WYSO studios to talk history of the concert and play some excerpts on Excursions with Niki Dakota.

Theatre of Sound Sound Sculpture Concerts run June 8-10 at the Dayton Theatre Guild. Tickets and more information can be found at DaytonTheatreGuild.org.

Poptek Records founder Andy Ingram sat down with Niki Dakota on WYSO's Excursions for some previews of ALOTFEST, a music/art variety festival happening in Springfield, OH. Joining Ingram were members of Poptek bands The 1984 Draft, Second Best, Once A Pine, and April & June for live performances and interviews.

ALOTFEST is presented by Mother Stewart's Brewery, Hatch Artist Studios, and the Greater Springfield CVB. More info can be found on Facebook.

Backyard Boogie This Weekend in Tipp City

May 29, 2018
Backyard Boogie flyer
via Facebook

Shane Dobson and Stephanie Pearce stopped by the WYSO studios to talk with Niki Dakota about the 2018 Backyard Boogie festival, and share some samples from this year's lineup.

The 2018 Backyard Boogie festival runs June 1-3 at Adventures on the Great Miami in Tipp City, OH. More info can be found at backyardboogie.live.

Mary Gauthier
Laura Partain

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier brings her music to the Miami Valley this weekend for a performance at the 2018 Nowhere Else Festival in Martinsville, OH. Ahead of the festival, Gauthier sat down with Niki Dakota on WYSO's Excursions for an interview, and a performance of songs from her latest album Rifles and Rosary Beads.

The 2018 Nowhere Else Festival is May 26 and 27. Learn more at: http://www.nowhereelsefestival.com/

Ali Handal Makes Tour Stop in Dayton

May 25, 2018
Ali Handal
via Ali Handal

Singer-songwriter Ali Handal made a return visit to Dayton for a performance at SRS Studios. Before the show, she stopped by WYSO studios for an interview and live performance with Niki Dakota on Excursions.

Ali Handal will perform at SRS Studios in Dayton with Paige Beller on Friday, May 25. Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/events/144477713049617/

Leland Sklar and Judith Owen
via http://www.judithowen.net

Judith Owen and Leland Sklar visited the WYSO studios ahead of the May 25 release of Owen's new album, RedisCOVERed. Owen and Sklar talked with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota and performed their interpretations of Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water", Drake's "Hotline Bling", Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun", and the Beatles' "Blackbird".

Sharon Lane To Perform At Backyard Boogie

May 18, 2018
Sharon Lane
Music Connection Dayton

Longtime Dayton singer-songwriter Sharon Lane stopped by the WYSO studios to talk with Niki Dakota ahead of her performance at this year's Backyard Boogie festival. Lane spoke with Dakota, and shared music and poetry in a live performance.

Sharon Lane is performing at the 2018 Backyard Boogie festival, running from June 1-3 at Adventures on the Great Miami in Tipp City, OH. More information can be found at backyardboogie.live.

Andrew Calhoun
Jennifer Berman/Antioch College

Chicago-based singer-songwriter Andrew Calhoun joins WYSO's Niki Dakota on Excursions for a conversation and performance ahead of his show this week in Yellow Springs.

Andrew Calhoun is performing at the Vernet Ecological Institute (Glen Helen Building) on May 9. The event is free for Antioch faculty and students. For more information, email jberman@antiochcollege.edu or call (937) 971-8477.

Backyard Boogie flyer
via Facebook

Backyard Boogie is returning this June to the Miami Valley. Event coordinators Shane Dobson and Stephanie Pearce joined Niki Dakota on WYSO's Excursions to talk about the family (and pet) friendly festival, and its new venue, Adventures on the Great Miami.

Backyard Boogie is June 1-3 at Adventures on the Great Miami in Tipp City, OH. More information can be found at backyardboogie.live.

Kelsey Cassidy

New Brunswick, Canada's Stephen Lewis and The Big Band of Fun stopped by the WYSO studios before their show this week at Hannah's in Dayton to talk with Niki Dakota about their loop-based performance style, and share some music live on Excursions.

Stephen Lewis and The Big Band of Fun will perform at Hannah's in Dayton on Thursday, May 3, joined by local band Beesly.

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