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.

courtesy of Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

This winter, Dayton Opera will present a production of Dead Man Walking, an opera based on the book by Sister Helen Prejean.  Stage director Gary Briggle joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota in the studio to talk about the production.  They were also joined by mezz-soprano Amanda Fink, baritone Zachary Gordin and Dayton opera chorus master Jeff Powell, who previewed some selections from the show.

In early 2015, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company will debut a new work choreographed by Kiesha Lalama.  Heart Shakes is based on the music of the Alabama Shakes and tells the story of different phases of a relationship through dance.  Lalama visited the WYSO studios along with DCDC's Jay Peterson to talk about the work, which is making its world premiere in Dayton.

DCDC will present Heart Shakes on January 31st at the Victoria Theater.

Steve Makofka is one of 30 local musicians participating in Such A Night: The Last Waltz live, a musical recreation of the Band's The Last Waltz to benefit WYSO.  Makofka visited the WYSO studios for a live set on the air and spoke with Niki Dakota about the collaborative show as well as what he's been up to musically.

Such A Night: The Last Waltz Live to benefit WYSO is November 26th and 28th at the Dayton Art Institute.

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.

Charlie Tipton is one of 30 local musicians participating in Such A Night: The Last Waltz live, a musical recreation of the Band's The Last Waltz to benefit WYSO.  Tipton visited the WYSO studios for an acoustic set on the air and spoke with Niki Dakota about the collaborative show as well as what he's been up to musically.

Such A Night: The Last Waltz Live to benefit WYSO is November 26th and 28th at the Dayton Art Institute.

Formerly performing under the name Customer Service and the Gem City Horns, the 8 piece Gem City returned to the WYSO studios for a live performance on Excursions.  They talked to Niki Dakota about their upcoming album, the evolution of the band, and having all of the members as roommates.

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.

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