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.

This year's Dayton African American Cultural Festival is themed "A Family Affair: Culture Matters," and a wide variety of music and talent will be on display this weekend. Two of the festival organizers joined Niki Dakota in studio to talk about this year's festival and it's intergenerational approach to community.

The Dayton African American Cultural Festival is August 24th and 25th in downtown Dayton.

Sam Ford Photography

After performing together for four years Treetop Flyers, have just released their debut album Mountain Moves.  The band won the Glastonbury Festival Emerging Talent Competition in 2011 and talk about that experience and much more as Sam Beer and Reid Morrison join visit the WYSO studios for an acoustic set on Excursions.

Treetop Flyers will perform at the Rumba Cafe in Columbus on August 27th.

The Big Lens Film Festival celebrates the work of graduating Wright State University film students.  Graduating senior Megan Hague joins Niki Dakota in the studio to talk about the work she and her classmates are sharing on screen at the Neon Movies.

The Big Lens Film Festival is Thursday, August 22nd at the Neon Movies in downtown Dayton.

Steve Bognar

After several years and several albums, Yellow Springs band Wheels is saying farewell for the time being its members head off to work, school and travel.  Having performed on the air many times throughout the years, the members of Wheels stopped by the WYSO studios ahead of their perform at Canal Street Tavern for some live music and spoke with Excursions host Niki Dakota about what's next for each of them.

Wheels will perform their Canal Street Tavern finale on Saturday, August 17th

Aubrey Edwards

Crossing the border from Tennessee to Kentucky, Davis Rogan calls in to Excursions to update Niki Dakota ahead of his performance at Canal Street Tavern.  Rogan was in the Dayton area earlier this summer as a solo performer of song and story.  This time, he's back with his band to play New Orleans-style rhythm and blues with their own spin. 

The Giant Steps have stayed true to their name.  In a few years the group won Canal Street Tavern's Dayton Band Playoffs, produced their Transitions album and continued their careers as students.  The band visited the WYSO studios ahead of a performance at Canal Street Tavern and shared live music and conversion with Excursions host Niki Dakota.

Juliet Fromholt

I am Sam Bodary. I have been the summer intern for Niki Dakota on Excursions for the past three or so months. One of my responsibilities is to post here when we have live guests on the show, be it an interview, performance, or a little of both. Welp, I have run into a small predicament.

I was the live guest. This may read a bit awkwardly.

Hannah Beachler is a graduate from the Wright State University film school and the lead production designer for the film Fruitvale Station. Niki talked to her about her experience working on the film and sculpting the landscape around the actors. They also discuss the real events that inspired the inspiration of a feature film.

  A cappella music filled the noon hour today on Excursions as two great groups shared songs with us. Eleventh Hour, a high school pop a cappella group from Kettering Fairmont performed first with three covers. Niki chatted it up with the group's current members and about the yearly rotation of voices in the group. After that, Streetcorner Symphony, shared some tunes. They are an all male, professional group based out of Nashville, Tennessee. They just released a new album, Southern Autumn Nostalgia, consisting of all original tunes. 

Steve Bognar and Julia Reichert chatted with Niki today about the most recent of their projects, debuting at the Dayton Art Institute tonight. It's called Reinvention Portraits, and if you listen to this station in the slightest, you've probably heard of their work before. They discuss the growth of the project and its presentation at the Dayton Art Institute tonight.

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