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

Actor, songwriter, and musician Michael Malarkey called into the WYSO studios ahead of his show at the Canal Public House on November 29th. Tune in to hear him talk about his lifelong passion for music and his recent success playing Enzo on the CW show The Vampire Diaries.

Gilly’s Jazz in Dayton is having a halloween themed music extravaganza presented by Louis Wood Jr, also known as DJ MisterKid, who is joined us in the WYSO studios to talk about the event. We were also joined by Musician Alex Dahle, who is on the lineup for the Halloween show at Gilly’s. Tune in to hear Alex play a couple of songs for us and for him to talk about his previous band, Freefall Theory, and the music scene in Tipp City.

Basma Alsharif

Basma Alsharif is a nomadic artist who incorporates field recordings from the Gaza Strip into her latest project, Disappearing Acts, which is on display at Antioch College's Herndon Gallery.  Alsharif's work spans different artistic mediums, and the local display will incorporate film, photography and sound and includes several juxtaposed pieces from Alsharif's body of work.  Alsharif and co-curator Charles Fairbanks visited the WYSO studios ahead of the opening reception and spoke with Excursions host Niki Dakota about Alsharif's work and some of the elements of the exhibit.

William the Accountant has a big weekend ahead.  The five piece band is releasing a new album, Zero Stroke, and the Dayton-area celebration runs from Friday with a performance at Blind Bob's to Sunday when they'll play at the WYSO Community Concert. Kevin Luce and Teddy B visited the WYSO studios for a preview of the weekend's festivities on Excursions.

Named for a river in Minnesota, Rum River Blend joined Niki Dakota for a live set on Excursions ahead of their Lost Creek Music Experience performance. 

Rum River Blend will perform at the Lost Creek Music Experience on Saturday, September 6th.

© Hillary Demmon 2009

Stewart Huff savors his life on the road as a working comedian.  He visited the WYSO studios ahead of a 4 day stint at Wiley's Comedy Club in Dayton to talk about his love of travel, storytelling and finding artistic expression in comedy.

Stewart Huff will perform at Wiley's in downtown Dayton August 28-31st including a performance at the 14th Annual Blues and Comedy Party.

Dennie Eagleson

Gabrielle Civil, Associate Professor of Performance at Antioch College, came to WYSO today to talk about the second part of the Call and Response event, or dynamic of black women and performance. In July seven black women artists, each with a different relationship to the words black, women, and performance, came to Antioch to develop a call to the community; a prompt to make art in a different way. The call that they came up with is to conduct experiments in joy.

It's been several years since Kevin Milner's last release, but a Kickstarter campaign helped make To Life Everlasting a reality. Milner will celebrate the release this weekend at Ghostlight Coffee with Kevin Heider, another singer-songwriter.  The pair joined Excursions host Niki Dakota on the air for a live performance and conversation.

Kevin Milner and Kevin Heider will perform on August 16th at Ghostlight Coffee.

Village Harmony Choir Live on Excursions

Aug 13, 2014
Juliet Fromholt / WYSO

The Village Harmony Choir is a Vermont based organization that creates choir workshops and traveling summer camps for teens and adults alike. The Village Harmony Choir Midwest teen summer camp came to the WYSO studios in the midst of their travels to sing some beautiful songs as well as to speak about their organization. The Midwest choir consists of the camp leaders Mollie Stone, Emily Miller, and Gideon Crevoshay, as well as the 13-17 year old choir members who just met each other seven days before their appearance on WYSO.

Hailing from Canton, the members of Hey Monea! recently won the Hard Rock Cafe's Global Battle of the Bands after months of competition.  With a new album, Hey Monea! Presents Cheap Souvenirs,  the band has been keeping busy and visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions ahead of a performance in Troy.

Hey Monea! will perform this weekend at the Lost Creek Music Experience in Troy. 

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