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.

Both a drummer and bass player, Ryan Simpson is now exploring guitar and vocals.  Ahead of his performance at the songwriters in the round session at the 60s vs 70s tribute show, Simpson visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions.

Ryan Simpson will perform at the 60 vs 70s tribute show on January 30th at Gilly's.

Craigslist originally brought the members of Top Hat Black together nearly two years ago.  With an EP released in August, the band is forging ahead and visited the WYSO studios for an acoustic performance on Excursions. 

Top Hat Black will perform on January 17th at Peaches in Yellow Springs.

Indiana band and Dayton-based artist Ridge Clint Higgins are among the over 30 participants in this year's Songwriters Solstice fundraiser at Ghostlight Coffee to benefit the Dayton Foodbank.  They visited the WYSO studios ahead of the event to perform live on Excursions and spoke with Niki Dakota about their musical roots and more.

Songwriters Solstice is December 19th and 20th at Ghostlight Coffee. 

The members of Gran Bel Fisher returned to the WYSO studios ahead of their performance in Yellow Springs for a live in-studio performance on Excursions.  They spoke with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about their upcoming record and the Kickstarter campaign to support it.

Gran Bel Fisher will perform at Peaches in Yellow Springs on December 20th.

Willy Clark's musical career began with busking, which is how WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota first experienced his music.  Clark visited the WYSO studios for a live performance on Excursions and talked with Dakota about songwriting and his musical journey.

Willy Clark will perform at One Eyed Jackson on Saturday, December 20th.

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.

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