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.

In early 2015, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company will debut a new work choreographed by Kiesha Lalama.  Heart Shakes is based on the music of the Alabama Shakes and tells the story of different phases of a relationship through dance.  Lalama visited the WYSO studios along with DCDC's Jay Peterson to talk about the work, which is making its world premiere in Dayton.

DCDC will present Heart Shakes on January 31st at the Victoria Theater.

Delivering the album to the WYSO Studios just in time for Wednesday premieres, Trey Stone visited Excursions to share some songs from his new holiday album and talk with Niki Dakota about the whirlwind process of writing and recording "Sing About Christmas."

"Sing About Christmas" by Trey Stone and the Ringers is available now.

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 visited 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 26th and 28th at the Dayton Art Institute.

Actor, songwriter, and musician Michael Malarkey called into the WYSO studios ahead of his show at the Canal Public House on November 29th. Tune in to hear him talk about his lifelong passion for music and his recent success playing Enzo on the CW show The Vampire Diaries.

Tod Weidner 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.  Weidner visited 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 26th and 28th at the Dayton Art Institute.

As over 30 local musicians prepare for Such A Night, a recreation of The Band's The Last Waltz to benefit WYSO, organizer Jeff Opt checked in with Niki Dakota to give some context to both the local and film performances as well as give an update on other events coming up at Dayton's Old Yellow Cab Building.

Such A Night: The Last Waltz Live to benefit WYSO is November 26th and 28th at the Dayton Art Institute.

Charlie Tipton 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.  Tipton visited the WYSO studios for an acoustic 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 26th and 28th at the Dayton Art Institute.

With the recent release of the full length album, Vanishing Country, Speaking Suns' Sam Salazar and David Byrne visited the WYSO studios to talk with Music Director Niki Dakota and share some of the new material on Excursions.

Speaking Suns will perform on November 17th at the Old Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton.

Gery and Gary Deer have performance in their blood.  With their Brothers and Company Variety Show, the Deer Brothers perform a mix of music from a variety of genres as well as comedy, magic and more.  The Deer brothers visited the WYSO studios to talk about their unique show and a very special upcoming benefit performance.

The Brothers and Company Variety Show will perform to benefit the Jamestown Operahouse on November 22nd at 7pm.

Born and raised in Hawaii, Jake Shimabukuro is considered one of the finest ukulele players in the world.  A video of him performing was one of the first to go viral when YouTube was still in its infancy.  Niki Dakota chatted with Shimabukuro ahead of his visit to the Miami Valley about the ukulele and its history.

Jake Shimabukuro will perform on  November 21st at Springfield's Kuss Auditorium.

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