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.

Debbie Blunden Diggs and Jasmine Easler visited the WYSO studios to talk about and share songs from The Human Race Theatre Company's production of Crowns, based on a book of stories on African American women and their beautiful hats.

Crowns is running now through June 28th at the Loft Theatre.

From two guitars and two voices, the Indigo Girls have more recently been performing unique concerts with orchestras in a variety of cities around the world.  Ahead of their performance with the Dayton Philharmonic, Indigo Girls' Emily Saliers spoke with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about the band's past and present and the upcoming local show.

Indigo Girls will perform with the Dayton Philharmonic on June 20th at the Schuster Center.

Willy Porter's latest release, Human Kindness, is a favorite among WYSO listeners, and the acclaimed songwriter made a visit to the station ahead of a regional gig for a live set on Excursions and conversation with Niki Dakota.

Willy Porter will perform at the Thompson House in Newport, KY on Friday, May 29th.

Hailing from Wilmington, Ohio, brothers Cullen and Myles Corcoran perform together as the Vibrant Troubadors.  The duo visited the WYSO studio for a live performance on Excursions and chatted with host Niki Dakota about writing, recording and finding their instruments. 

Vibrant Troubadors will celebrate the release of their debut album on Saturday, May 23rd at the Oregon Express.

Brenna Myers and Alexander Scaglia have known each and have been playing music together since childhood.  Now performing under the name The Florals, the Springfield duo is releasing its debut album on Poptek Records.  Myers and Scaglia visited the WYSO studios on release day for a live set on Excursions and talked with Niki Dakota about the new release and an upcoming tour.

Jeff Opt joins Niki Dakota in the studio to talk about how Sideshow began ten years ago, as a creative art show for the public and how it grew as well as the various buildings and processes of preparing those buildings throughout the years. Kara McCray discusses being one of the art co-curators and what goes into preparing the Yellow Cab building for the art involved in that year’s show.

Todd the Fox and Queen Victoria talk about their experience as music coordinators for Sideshow X, which features 40 bands/solo performers. The theme of this year is rejuvenation and reflection, looking at the future and past of music, comedy, and art. They also talk about the Yellow Cab building, a center point for art in Dayton with local art, food, and beer, and the home for the event.

Back from a hiatus since their last record came out, Nathan Peters of Captain of Industry and Columbus-based artist Happy Chichester talk about how they met, where they’ve been, and new skills picked up since they last played. Happy Chichester plays and sings a few songs on guitar incorporating his unique throat singing.

Change Your Hue Blues Concert is an evening of food, music and fundraising in support of the United Methodist Children's Home.  Hall of Fame Blues host Shakin Dave Hussong joined Niki Dakota in the studio and WYSO Resource Board member and event co-organizer Don Hiyashi via phone to talk about the music and the event

Change Your Hue Blues Concert is May 2nd in Columbus.

Nashville-based songwriter Olivia Frances has roots in Cincinnati and brought her upbeat tunes to the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions.  She and Niki Dakota chatted about her tour, the joys and challenges of social media and more.

Olivia Frances will perform at the Spirited Goat Coffeehouse in Yellow Springs on Friday, April 24th.

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