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.

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Music
4:33 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Steven Gregory Band Live on Excursions

The Steven Gregory Band live on Excursions
Anthony Pettiford

After years of performing solo, Steve Gregory is now playing with a full band.  The whole group visited the WYSO studios for a live set and spoke with Niki Dakota about musical roots and writing and performing as a group.

The Steven Gregory Band performs Friday, September 20th at Peaches in Yellow Springs.

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Music
3:53 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Hickory Robot Live on Excursions

Hickory Robot live on WYSO
Credit Juliet Fromholt

Previously performing as a trio, Cincinnati's Hickory Robot has been a quartet since 2011.  Last fall the band released sophomore album, Sawyer and has been keeping busy since then performing regionally including opening for Dr. Ralph Stanley.  Hickory Robot visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions and chatted with Niki Dakota about Sawyer and upcoming performances.

Hickory Robot performs on Saturday, September 21st at the Fort Ancient Bluegrass Festival.

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Music
2:06 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Gathering Mercury Gather Local Musicians to Benefit Animals In Need

Ashley Stacy of Gathering Mercury

Saturday evening at Canal Street Tavern marks Peace, Love and Pits, a benefit show put on by local band Gathering Mercury.  Funds raised will benefit the Miami Valley Pit Crew, a nonprofit devoted to rescue and fostering dogs, in particular "Bully" breeds.  Gathering Mercury's Ashley Stacy made a return visit to the WYSO studios for an acoustic preview with Niki Dakota.

Gathering Mercury performs Saturday, September 14th at Canal Street Tavern.

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Arts & Culture
3:22 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Antioch College Div Dance To Feature Student and Community Artists

Div Dance flyer adapted from "Folk Dancing in Red Square, Antioch College, 1963" by alumna Janet Elfring '65.

Div Dance is an Antioch College tradition, a campus-wide gathering before students leave for 3-6 months to go on co-op.  This time around, Div Dance will feature live performances from Yellow Springs and Antioch College artists and is open to the community.  Several of those artists visited the WYSO studios to perform live including Antioch College students Della Jerkan and Zachary Sullivan.

Yellow Springs' Speaking Suns are among the community artists that will perform at Div Dance.  The band made a return visit to Excursions to share some new material.

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Music
1:47 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Blue Moon Soup Release Self-Titled Album

Blue Moon Soup

On the eve of the celebration for their new self-titled album, the members of Blue Moon Soup visit the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions.  They spoke with host Niki Dakota about the evolution of the band and its sound and the process of putting the album together.

Blue Moon celebrates the release of their new album on September 6th at Canal Street Tavern.

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