Excursions

Weekdays, noon-3pm

Like the name suggests, Excursions is a daily journey across musical genres and eras.  Niki Dakota guides listeners through a broad cross-section of the newest music from Ohio, around the world, and everything in between while also spending time with beloved classic tunes.  Each day is an adventure and on Wednesdays, you'll hear the fresh tunes from great artists new and old during the noon hour.  Play for fun and prizes on Thursday Threads, and you can put a song on the playlist every Friday when we spin theme tunes.

Tod Weidner and Ruckus Roboticus
Peter Hayes / WYSO

Dayton native Ruckus Roboticus recently released his latest full-length album, Phantom of the Disco, and visited the WYSO studios ahead of a hometown album release celebration.  He chatted with Excursions fill-in host Tod Weidner about the release and shared a few songs from it.

Ruckus Roboticus will celebrate the release of Phantom of the Disco on Thursday, August 13th at Hole In the Wall in downtown Dayton.

Tanya Maus, from Wilmington College's Peace Resource Center and Kiku Hibino, a musician from Chicago visisted the WYSO studios ahead of Hibino's performance in Yellow Springs. Both had just come from a 12 hour vigil the previous day at Wilmington College remembering the atomic bombing at Hiroshima. Kiku plays and sings some of his yet-to-be-recorded music, much inspired by the atomic bombing 70 years ago.

Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band return to Excursions to preview the 2015 Madden Road Music Fest.  The festival is in Mutual Ohio at the Madden Road Farm, and was started to bring their own musically inclined family back together once a year, but is open to the public to listen and play on August 15, 2015.

On her way to a gig in Dayton, Ellie Lee talks to WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about Blues Fury, the band she leads and plays guitar for. She also talks about taking 25 years off from music to raise a family, and the music she is playing now. Find more about her music at bluesfury.com

Ellie Lee and Blues Fury will perform at Gilly's in downtown Dayton on August 6th.

We Care Arts brings together people of all ability levels to learn art skills.  On August 1st, Arts & Drafts event will help raise money for We Care Arts.  The event will feature music from The Motel Beds, Splendor and Wasted Potential.  We Care Arts event coordinator Chris Corba and the Motel Beds' Tod Weidner visited the WYSO studio to talk about this very special event.

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Dan Tedesco returns to the Miami Valley for a performance at Canal Public House and stopped by the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions. He played some songs from Death in the Valley and talked about being inspired by the American experience and his travels around the US, to places hard hit by the recession.

Find more about Dan at http://www.dantedesco.com/

Daniel Dyes and Andy Ingram visit the WYSO studios to chat Poptek Records, the bands and music that come from the music label Andy both started and that gave him his start.  Ingram and Dye both play several songs from solo records as well as Andy Ingram's band XL 427.

Visit poptek.com for more information about their music and shows.

Local artists and musicians are gathering for a special concert and art show to honor Glen Helen.  Organizers of this collaborative community event visited the WYSO studios for a live performance on Excursions and talked about the upcoming festivities and what the Glen means to them.

Honoring Glen Helen is Saturday, June 27th at Antioch University Midwest. 

Seefari has a long tradition in the Dayton music community and join fellow musicians and community members in celebrating the legacy of Cityfolk with a concert at Courthouse Square.  Seefari and Melody visited the WYSO studio for an acoustic performance and chat with Niki Dakota.

Seefari will perform as part of the City Celebration on Saturday, June 17th at Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton.

As The Blackbirds, Charlie Tipton and Alyssa Hanson perform sometimes as a duo and others with a full band.  As they prepared for their perform at the Cityfolk Celebration, Tipton and Hanson visited the WYSO for a live set on Excursions.

The Blackbirds will perform at the Cityfolk Celebration on June 27th at Courthouse Square.

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