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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.

Nigerian-based artist Ben Ibebe returned to the WYSO studios to talk about a new series focused on jazz that will be featured at the Front Street studios.  Ibebe and Niki Dakota were joined in studio by the Collaboratory's Peter Benkendorf to talk about art, music and more.

Ben Ibebe's Jazz series is on display at Front Street studios beginning on Friday, July 7.  There will be an artist reception on Thursday, July 13, 5-8pm.

Hailing from Chicago, Faux Furrs visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions.  The band talked with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about their latest album Taxonomy, the Chicago scene and more

Faux Furrs will perform at Jimmie's Ladder 11 on July 3rd with Gap Tooth Grin and Army of Infants. 

Rite of Venus join Niki Dakota in the WYSO studios for an extended, live rendition of Excursions Versions.  The band talked about their upcoming gigs, the meaning behind their name and more.

Rite of Venus will perform on Thursday, June 29th at Blind Bob's and Friday, June 30th at the Yellow Cab's Taco Truck Takedown event. 

courtesy of YSKP

Hailing from the Miami Valley and the Dayton area theater spectrum, YS Kids Playhouse brings local youth together to create original works. With a long running history of nearly 23 years, YSKP is dedicated to creating a piece of theater for the local youth that explore their talents and issues that are important to them. Luminous Luna is a musical that will narrate stories about the moon with the help of mythology from different cultures, modern stories and scientific facts. Directors Ara G.

Dayton, Ohio is one of several locations in the U.S. and Canada that will receive ashes from the sacred fire at Standing Rock Reservation.  Later this month, the sacred fires will be re-lit around the continent.  On Thursday, June 15th local musicians will perform a benefit concert for the Stand Rock Fire Runners, who will deliver the sacred ashes to our community.  Event organizer Sue Elam and featured speaker Guy Jones joined Niki Dakota live on Excursions to talk about about the upcoming events.

Cincinnati-based band The Lovers visited the WYSO studios for a live acoustic performance on Excursions, and chatted with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota.

The Lovers will perform at HogJam 2017, August 25 - 27th.  More information on the festval here: https://www.facebook.com/HogJamMusicFestival/

Véronique Allaer, from the Cincinnati-based trio Leggy, visited the WYSO studios ahead of the band's Dayton performance at the Yellow Cab.  She performed live on Excursions and talked with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota.

Leggy will perform at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton on Saturday, June 10th with the Harlequins, Brat Curse and Oh Condor.  

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Based in the Carolina's, TreeHouse returns to the Miami Valley for a show at Peach's in Yellow Springs with  Roots of a Rebellion.  Both bands joined Niki Dakota live in studio for a musical preview, and Vanessa Cubanno from the Festival of Fire (which TreeHouse will participate in later this summer) joined them to talk about that upcoming event.

Tim Gebard
Jennifer Taylor

Tim Gebard joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota live on Excursions for a musical preview of his appearance at Sideshow 12.  

Sideshow 12 is May 12th and 13th at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton.  Full lineup at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1645899565425648/

Mandy Jewell
Jennifer Taylor

Singer songwriter Mandy Jewell returns to the WYSO studios to preview her upcoming set at Sideshow 12.  Jewell chatted with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about writing, developing a band and more.

Sideshow 12 is May 12th and 13th at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton.  Full lineup at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1645899565425648/