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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.

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.

This weekend, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company will present a world premiere performance of An Evening of Ellington, which will feature the music of Duke Ellington performed by the University of Dayton's jazz ensemble.  Choreographer Alvin Rangel and DCDC's Jay Peterson joined Niki Dakota in the WYSO studios for conversation about the show.

An Evening of Ellington is Saturday, April 18th at the Dayton Masonic Center

The title of Keigo Hirakawa's new album, And Then There Were Three refers to a composition Hirakawa wrote about his sons.  Hirakawa and his trio visited the WYSO studios ahead of the CD release party for a live set on Excursions.

Keigo Hirakawa Trio will celebrate the release of And Then There Were Three on Sunday, April 12th at Gilly's in downtown Dayton.

Sedona-based band, Decker made its way to Ohio in the midst of a 40 show tour for an acoustic set on Excursions ahead of a gig in Cincinnati.  The  band chatted with Niki Dakota about their newly self-released album, the tour, and more.

Decker will perform on Wednesday, April 8th at Cincinnati's MOTR Pub.