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.

Photo by Zac Fisher

Together as Duke of Owls, Aaron Maheu, Ben Johnson, Matt Wolfe, John Diamond have just released their debut EP.  Here the band performs live in the WYSO studios and talks to Niki Dakota about forming the band and working toward their first recording.

An offshoot of the legendary Rhythms in Shoes, Shoefly combines old time music and dance.  They recently released a new album, Six-Fifty.  Here they perform live on Excursions and chat with Niki Dakota about the new album, musical influences and plans for the new year.

 

Dayton-area bluegrass group Sawgrass stops by Excursions for a fun performance and interview in advance of their performance at GearFest 2011.

Sawgrass, which formed in 2005 as an outlet for Springfield singer/songwriter Ryan Judy, is a modern interpretation of the musical stylings of artists such as Hank Williams and Bill Monroe. The group plays high-energy bluegrass music, full of strong harmonies and rich instrumentation.

In this Excursions performance, the group tears through a four-song bluegrass set, which includes the uplifting “Workin’ on a Building.”

Local musician Tom Scheidt passed away earlier this week.  Scheidt was a long-time member of the Miami Valley music scene, playing in a number of bands including Chazz and Orion—and was a founding member of Fannigan’s Isle in 1984.

Here Niki Dakota talks with Rick Fannin, Scheidt's longtime musical partner in Fannigan's Isle.  Dakota and Fannin discuss Scheidt's legacy as a musician, teacher and storyteller in the Miami Valley.

Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band make a return visit to the WYSO studios ahead of their appearance at the Madden Road Music Festival this Saturday in Mutual, Ohio.  Dye is hosting the festival, which takes place in the Mutual, Ohio's historic town hall and proceeds go towards restorations on the building.  More information is available at www.maddenroadmusic.com

courtesy of Muse Machine

Every summer Muse Machine produces a song and dance revue spotlighting the most talented student singers, dancers and musicians in the Greater Dayton area.  Next week they'll do it again.  Here Muse Machine Executive Director Luke Dennis visits the WYSO studios to give Niki Dakota a preview of the show.

Photos by WYSO interns Kent Montgomery and Katie Valley

Captain of Industry spent the past two years on hiatus due to family obligations and one member relocating from Dayton to Portland, Oregon. The band is playing 3 reunion shows, and stopped by the WYSO studios perform live and chat with Excursions host Niki Dakota ahead of their performance Friday night (May 13th) at Gilly's in downtown Dayton with The Receiver, Roley Yuma, and Pretty & Nice.

Hear and download more of Captain of Industry's music by clicking here.

Live music engineered by Tim Berger.

Host highlights features conversations between WYSO Music Director, Niki Dakota and WYSO's volunteer hosts about their programs, how they came to WYSO, etc. This week, Niki chats with Doyle Wright of Down Home Bluegrass and Rise When the Rooster Crows.  They talk about Doyle's love for Bluegrass music and how he grew up hearing it on WYSO.

Down Home Bluegrass airs Saturday nights 6-9pm. Rise When the Rooster Crows airs Sunday mornings 6-8am.

Host highlights features conversations between WYSO Music Director, Niki Dakota and WYSO's volunteer hosts about their programs, how they came to WYSO, etc. This week, Niki chats with Conrad Balliet of Conrad's Corner. They discuss Conrad's rich history with poetry and the relationship between poetry and song.

Conrad's Corner airs weeknights at 7:59 and is also available as a podcast.

Host highlights features conversations between WYSO Music Director, Niki Dakota and WYSO's volunteer hosts about their programs, how they came to WYSO, etc. This week, Niki chats with Rev Cool of Around the Fringe. They discuss the beginnings of Around the Fringe, and Rev Cool's longstanding involvement with the local music scene.

Around the Fringe airs Friday nights, 8pm - midnight.

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