WYSO

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.

Writer/director Christopher Blazavich and producer Kara Lynch are seniors preparing to graduate from Wright State University's film program.  Their work will be among seven films screen at the Big Lens Film Festival, a yearly event that showcases the work of Wright State students.  Blazavich and Lynch joined Niki Dakota live in the studio to talk their film careers so far, future plans and more.

The Big Lens Film Festival is Sunday, April 30th, 3-5pm at the Rave Cinemas at the Greene.  

Matt Baumann, who performs under the name Wolfcryer, and Eric Barnett met and began making music together in college.  The duo visited the WYSO studios to perform live on Excursions and talked with Niki Dakota about songwriting, music as social commentary and more. 

Wolfcryer and Eric Barnett will perform at Songwriters Showcase on Thursday, April 20th at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton.  

This spring marks the opening of year four for the 3rd on Third Outdoor Market.  The market, which takes place on East Third Street on the edge of downtown Dayton, features local businesses, artisans, foodtrucks and more.  Organizer Peter Benkendorf visited the WYSO studios to talk with Niki Dakota about what how this grassroots effort has grown and what visitors can expect this season.  

Longstanding local band Speaking Suns has a new album in the works and in the recording process added horn player Jonathan Jacky to the lineup.  Jacky, a music major at Wright State University, will perform his senior recital with Speaking Suns.  They visited the WYSO studios for a live preview on Excursions.

Jonathan Jacky's senior recital at Wright State University is Thursday, April 13th at 5:30pm.  Speaking Suns will perform at Blind Bob's on Friday, April 14th with Manray and Me & Mountains.

Members of Dayton Inspires and the University of Dayton's service fraternity, Gamma Epsilon Lambda, joined Niki Dakota live in the WYSO studio to talk about the upcoming neighborhood clean-up, happening in the Wright-Dunbar community in West Dayton. 

Dayton Inspire's and GEL's Dayton Clean-Up is Saturday, April 8th beginning at 9:30am at the Mount Enon Baptist Church on East Third Street.  The next public clean-up will be in May. 

Dayton native Jordan Hull returned to the Miami Valley for a live performance in the WYSO studios on Excursions ahead of the local release celebration of his new album Somewhere Is a Place to Be. Hull talked with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about the album, his musical history and more.

Jordan Hull will perform at Blind Bob's on Thursday, April 6th with MeTime and Jesse Remnant.

Cincinnati duo Dawg Yawp visited the WYSO studios ahead of their performance at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton.  They performed songs from their self-titled debut album and chatted with Niki Dakota about their unique guitar and sitar sound, upcoming performances, and more.

Dawg Yawp will perform at the Yellow Cab with M Ross Perkins and Andy Gabbard and G Whizz on Friday, March 31st.

This weekend continues a series of events celebrating the life and work of poet Langston Hughes with two vocal performances.  Jeremy Winston, director of the Central State University Chorus, and Cathy Roma, director of the World House Choir, joined Niki Dakota live in the studio along with soloist Charles Williams to talk about Hughes' work as set to music.  Kevin McGruder joined the conversation via the phone.

Wright State University's Arts Gala is a six hour showcase of student work in the school's Creative Arts Center.  Jennie Buckwalter, Assistant Dean for Community and Student Engagement for Wright State's College of Liberal Arts, joined Niki Dakota live in the studio along with several Wright State University students to talk about this year event. 

The 18th Annual Wright State Arts Gala is Saturday, April 8th, 6pm - midnight.  Learn more at: https://www.wright.edu/artsgala

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery's Super Science Saturday series provides immersive family activities at the Museum.  The 2017 series kicks off with "March Math-ness" this weekend.  The Boonshoft's Donna Vella and Tony Cooper joined WYSO's Niki Dakota to talk about the series. 

Super Science Saturday's: March Math-ness is Saturday, March 18th beginning at 10am at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton.

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