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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.

Daniel Dyes and Andy Ingram visit the WYSO studios to chat Poptek Records, the bands and music that come from the music label Andy both started and that gave him his start.  Ingram and Dye both play several songs from solo records as well as Andy Ingram's band XL 427.

Visit poptek.com for more information about their music and shows.

Local artists and musicians are gathering for a special concert and art show to honor Glen Helen.  Organizers of this collaborative community event visited the WYSO studios for a live performance on Excursions and talked about the upcoming festivities and what the Glen means to them.

Honoring Glen Helen is Saturday, June 27th at Antioch University Midwest. 

Seefari has a long tradition in the Dayton music community and join fellow musicians and community members in celebrating the legacy of Cityfolk with a concert at Courthouse Square.  Seefari and Melody visited the WYSO studio for an acoustic performance and chat with Niki Dakota.

Seefari will perform as part of the City Celebration on Saturday, June 17th at Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton.

As The Blackbirds, Charlie Tipton and Alyssa Hanson perform sometimes as a duo and others with a full band.  As they prepared for their perform at the Cityfolk Celebration, Tipton and Hanson visited the WYSO for a live set on Excursions.

The Blackbirds will perform at the Cityfolk Celebration on June 27th at Courthouse Square.

Debbie Blunden Diggs and Jasmine Easler visited the WYSO studios to talk about and share songs from The Human Race Theatre Company's production of Crowns, based on a book of stories on African American women and their beautiful hats.

Crowns is running now through June 28th at the Loft Theatre.

From two guitars and two voices, the Indigo Girls have more recently been performing unique concerts with orchestras in a variety of cities around the world.  Ahead of their performance with the Dayton Philharmonic, Indigo Girls' Emily Saliers spoke with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about the band's past and present and the upcoming local show.

Indigo Girls will perform with the Dayton Philharmonic on June 20th at the Schuster Center.

Willy Porter's latest release, Human Kindness, is a favorite among WYSO listeners, and the acclaimed songwriter made a visit to the station ahead of a regional gig for a live set on Excursions and conversation with Niki Dakota.

Willy Porter will perform at the Thompson House in Newport, KY on Friday, May 29th.

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.