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.

Jimmy Rogers 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.  Rogers made a return visit to the WYSO studios for a live set on the air and spoke with Tod Weidner 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 25th and 27th at the Dayton Art Institute.

30 local musicians will participate in Such A Night: The Last Waltz live, a musical recreation of the Band's The Last Waltz to benefit WYSO.  Organizer Jeff opt made a return visit to the WYSO studios for a live set on the air and spoke with Niki Dakota about the collaborative show as well as his other community projects.

Such A Night: The Last Waltz Live to benefit WYSO is November 25th and 27th at the Dayton Art Institute.

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 made a return visit to 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 25th and 27th at the Dayton Art Institute.

Rich Reuter 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.  Reuter made a return visit to 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 25th and 27th at the Dayton Art Institute.

With the recent release of their latest album, Hard to Please,  The Black Lillies' tour is bringing them to the Miami Valley for a show.  The band visited the WYSO studios to share some tracks from the album and chatted with Niki Dakota about writing, recording and more.

The Black Lillies will perform at Oddbody's on Tuesday, November 19th. 

courtesy of the artist

Christopher Diaz perform as part of a cappella group The Exchange, which was featured on NBC's The Sing-Off.  Diaz has also served as a vocal coach and join Niki Dakota in the WYSO studios ahead of The Exchange's performance in Kettering.

The Exchange will join over 60 other a cappella groups performing at Kettering Fairmont High School's Trent Arena on Saturday, November 14th.

courtesy of Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

Puccini's tragic love story, Madame Butterfly, is the latest offering from Dayton Opera.  Stage director Albert Sherman, tenor John Pickle and soprano Yunah Lee join WYSO's Niki Dakota live in the studio for a preview of the production in conversation and song.

Dayton Opera's production of Madame Butterfly is Friday, November 20th and Sunday, November 22nd at the Schuster Center.

Dan Tedesco returns to the WYSO studios ahead of his Canal Public House gig along with Dylan Boyle for a live performance on Excursions.  Tesdeco chatted with Niki Dakota about his new self-titled album, his latest travels and more.

Dan Tedesco will perform at Canal Public House on Sunday, October 27th.

courtesy of Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

Stella Sung is an award-winning composer who's been serving as composer in residence with the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance for the past three years.  The culminating work of this residency is a one-act opera, The Book Collector, which will debut in May.  Sung visited the WYSO studios for a conversation with music director Niki Dakota about developing the opera.

Members of the Miami Valley Music Men made a return visit to the WYSO studios ahead of their 30th anniversary show, themed Halloween Party.  Singers from the group provided a musical preview and talked about barbershop style. the concert's history and more.

The Miami Valley Music Men's 30th Anniversary concert is at Fairborn High School Auditorium on Friday, October 23rd and Saturday, October 24th.

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