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.

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.

© Hillary Demmon 2009

Stewart Huff savors his life on the road as a working comedian.  He visited the WYSO studios ahead of a 4 day stint at Wiley's Comedy Club in Dayton to talk about his love of travel, storytelling and finding artistic expression in comedy.

Stewart Huff will perform at Wiley's in downtown Dayton August 28-31st including a performance at the 14th Annual Blues and Comedy Party.

Dennie Eagleson

Gabrielle Civil, Associate Professor of Performance at Antioch College, came to WYSO today to talk about the second part of the Call and Response event, or dynamic of black women and performance. In July seven black women artists, each with a different relationship to the words black, women, and performance, came to Antioch to develop a call to the community; a prompt to make art in a different way. The call that they came up with is to conduct experiments in joy.

It's been several years since Kevin Milner's last release, but a Kickstarter campaign helped make To Life Everlasting a reality. Milner will celebrate the release this weekend at Ghostlight Coffee with Kevin Heider, another singer-songwriter.  The pair joined Excursions host Niki Dakota on the air for a live performance and conversation.

Kevin Milner and Kevin Heider will perform on August 16th at Ghostlight Coffee.

Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band return to the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions ahead of the Madden Road Music Fest.  The family band update Niki Dakota on their summer and talk about the musical festival that they organize.

Village Harmony Choir Live on Excursions

Aug 13, 2014
Juliet Fromholt / WYSO

The Village Harmony Choir is a Vermont based organization that creates choir workshops and traveling summer camps for teens and adults alike. The Village Harmony Choir Midwest teen summer camp came to the WYSO studios in the midst of their travels to sing some beautiful songs as well as to speak about their organization. The Midwest choir consists of the camp leaders Mollie Stone, Emily Miller, and Gideon Crevoshay, as well as the 13-17 year old choir members who just met each other seven days before their appearance on WYSO.

Ken Burns' latest documentary series, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, will be airing on PBS stations around the country this month.  In his interview with Excursions host Niki Dakota, Burns describes the process of exploring and chronicling the stories of the famous American family.

Hailing from Canton, the members of Hey Monea! recently won the Hard Rock Cafe's Global Battle of the Bands after months of competition.  With a new album, Hey Monea! Presents Cheap Souvenirs,  the band has been keeping busy and visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions ahead of a performance in Troy.

Hey Monea! will perform this weekend at the Lost Creek Music Experience in Troy. 

Jerry Kenney / WYSO

Home Free are an a cappella group that won season 4 of NBC's Sing Off, but the group has been around for nearly 14 years.  The members of Home Free visited the WYSO studios ahead of a local performance and spoke with Music Director Niki Dakota about their history, their sound and their television experience.

Home Free will perform tonight at Wright State University's Apollo Room.

Aaron Cline

Tune into this broadcast of Excursions to hear multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter Paige Beller become the first live musician to be a part of Thursday Threads. In addition to this, you can hear Niki and Paige talk about Paige’s upcoming performance at the Cityfolk Reunion, her incredibly busy schedule, the wide range of bands that she's a part of, and much more. 

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