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

Acclaimed vocalist Melanie DeMore will be joining the World House Choir for a series of concerts called "Together We Bring On The Light." DeMore joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota and World House Choir director Dr. Cathy Roma live in the studio on Excursions for a preview.

The World House Choir and Melanie DeMore will perform on September 8 & 9 at Antioch's Foundry Theater and on September 10 at Wayman Chapel AME Church in Dayton. More information below.

courtesy of Human Race Theatre Company

The Human Race Theatre Comapny is opening is 2017-18 season with the American premiere of Legendale, a musical that blurs the real world with the world of video games.  WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota was joined in studio by writers Andrea Daly (music and story) and Jeff Bienstock (words and story) to talk about the new musical.  They were also joined by Max Crumm, who plays lead character Andy, for a musical preview of the production.

Keith Lykins
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

Guitarist Keith Lykins returned to the WYSO studios for a live performance on Excrusions.  Lykins chatted with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about world influences on his music, upcoming gigs and more.

Keith Lykins will perform at  Clifton Opera House on Friday, September 1st.  For more live dates, visit keithlykins.com

David Williamson from the Rotary Club of Dayton joined Niki Dakota live in the studio on Excursions to talk about the upcoming Peacebuilders Walk and Village, held on September 10th at RiverScape MetroPark prior to the WYSO Community Concert. 

The 2017 Peacebuilders Walk and Village begins at 4pm on Sunday, September 10th at RiverScape Metropark. Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/events/705727802968969/

Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band return to Excursions ahead of their own Madden Road Music Festival and their performance at Art on the Commons.  The band performed live and chatted with host Niki Dakota about their travels and more. 

The Madden Road Music Festival is Saturday, August 12th in Mutual, Ohio.  Learn more at: www.maddenroadmusic.com

Eric Loy returned to the WYSO studios for a live performance on Excursion ahead of his performance at Oakwood's Wright Memorial Library, which is the inaugural performance in the library's music series. Loy was joined by Wright Library Engagement Specialist Tracy Staley who talked about the overall series and upcoming library activties.

Eric Loy will perform at Wright Memorial Library on Thursday, August 17th.  For a full music and programming schedule, visit www.wrightlibrary.org 

This year marks the fourth annual Springfield Rotary Gourmet Food Truck Competition.  Ross McGregor joined Niki Dakota live in the studio on Excursions to talk about the growing event, Rotary's mission and more.

The 2017 Springfield Rotary Gourmet Food Truck Competition is Saturday, August 12th at Veteran's Park. 

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. 

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