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.

Jennifer Taylor

Nearly 30 local musicians will gather on the stage of The DAI's Renaissance Auditorium to recreate the historic performances of The Band's The Last Waltz and celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original concert, which took place November 25, 1976. Organizer Jeff Opt and musician Dan Hereford joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota live in the studio to talk about the upcoming event.

Members of the St. Louis-based Pono AM joined Niki Dakota live in the studio ahead of their performance at new Dayton venue The Hive.  The show will actually be the first appearance for Pono AM's lineup; the band talked about this and more on their Excursions appearance.

Pono AM will perform at the Hive on Wayne Avenue in downtown Dayton on Saturday, November 5th.

Mike Doughty
Jennifer Taylor

A mainstay of the WYSO airwaves, songwriter Mike Doughty visited the station for a live, acoustic performance on Excursions. The former front-man of Soul Coughing spoke with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about growing up, music and addiction, and his new album.

Mike Doughty's new album, The Heart Watches While the Brain Burns, is available now.

Performing as the Russian Duo, Oleg Kruglyakov and Terry Boyarsky combine the sounds of the balalaika and the concert piano.  The duo connected through the Ohio Arts Council 9 years ago and performs works from the rich catalog of songs written for their instrumentation.  Oleg Kruglyakov and Terry Boyarsky visited the WYSO studios to speak with Niki Dakota ahead of their upcoming performance for the Bach Society of Dayton.

The Russian Duo will perform at the Kettering Adventist Church on Sunday, October 23rd as part of the Bach Society of Dayton's Russian Echoes series.

Members of the Miami Valley Music Men Barbershop Chorus returned to the WYSO studio ahead of their 31st anniversary show, Broadway Bound.  They were joined by the Miami Valley School's Ars Nova, directed by Ruth Mappes, who performed live on Excursions.

Broadway Bound is Saturday, October 22nd at 2 and 7pm at the Fairborn High School Auditorium.

With the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience nearing, Five River MetroParks' Brent Anslinger visited the WYSO studios to talk with Niki Dakota about the history of the event and the week's offerings.

The Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience is October 1st and 2nd.  More information is available at: http://outdoorx.metroparks.org/

The Slackers visited the WYSO studios ahead of their Dayton performance for an acoustic set live on Excursions.  The band chatted with Niki Dakota about their 25 years as a band, their travels and more.

The Slackers will perform on Thursday, September 22nd at Rock Star Pro Arena on East Third Street in Dayton.

Formerly the Midwest Outdoor Expo, the 2016 Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience will once again bring together outdoor living and great music at Eastwood MetroParks.  Five Rivers MetroParks' Lucy Sanchez joined Niki Dakota live on Excursions to preview the event.

The Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience is October 1st and 2nd.  More information is available at: http://outdoorx.metroparks.org/

Clean Up Dayton 2016 is the third community clean up effort being lead by Dayton Inspires.  This year's effort will focus on East Third Street.  Zack Silver of Dayton Inspires and Brian Fowls of Keep Montgomery County Beautiful visited the WYSO studios to talk with Niki Dakota about the upcoming day of service.

Clean Up Dayton 2016 is Saturday, October 1st from 9am to 3pm.  More information is at: https://daytoninspires.com/clean-up/

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance will open it's 2016-17 season with Vive la France!, a celebration of eight French composers of orchestral music, ballet and opera.  Members of the DPAA, including Dayton Philharmonic conductor Neil Gittleman, joined Niki Dakota in the WYSO studios for a preview live on Excursions. 

Vive la France! is onstage Saturday, September 17th at the Schuster Center in downtown Dayton.

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