Arts & Culture

Conrad Balliet reads Ed Davis' poems, "Valentine" and "Puzzle of Light."

The Musical Legacy of Paul Arnold

Feb 13, 2015

Paul Arnold would have been 83 years old this month. He grew up in Dayton's Edgemont District and sang gospel at the neighborhood Baptist church. In the 1950s, Arnold became a founding member and lead singer of the Gospelaires, and by the 60s, the group had achieved acclaim for its international performances.  Arnold died in 2006.

Helene Fischman

A chance conversation at a local gig started a friendship between folk musician Peter Mulvey and Shrug's Tod Weidner.  Year later, they'll once again perform together at Canal Public House and joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota in the studio for a preview set ahead of that show.

Peter Mulvey and Shrug will perform together on Friday, February 13th at Canal Public House.

Do you feed your dog canned dog food? Do you ever think that perhaps your dog deserves better fare than that? I have just the book for you. Judith Jones has known and loved many dogs over the course of her long life. Her current dog, Mabon, gets the same food for his dinner that Jones has prepared for herself. In her book "Love Me, Feed Me - Sharing With Your Dog the Everyday Good Food You Cook and Enjoy" the author explains how she came to the point of deciding that Mabon deserved better dinners than canned dog food.

Native New Yorker Joe Driscoll met his West African collaborator Sekou Kouyate in England where Kouyate lived up to his nickname of being "the Jimi Hendrix of the kora." An album, Faya, followed and the pair are now on tour and will be appear in Dayton as part of the University of Dayton's ArtsLive series.  Driscoll visited the WYSO studios ahead of the duo's UD performance for an acoustic set on Excursions and spoke with Music Director Niki Dakota about this unique collaboration.

Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate will perform on February 12th at UD's Boll Theater.

On Friday the 13th, Babbling April will celebrate the release of their debut EP with a show at Blind Bob's in the Oregon District.  They'll be joined onstage by Grenades!?, who recently released their own debut album, Interrobang.  Members of both bands visited the WYSO studios for a conversation with Niki Dakota on Excursions and shared tracks from these new releases.

Babbling April and Grenades!? will perform Friday, February 13th, at Blind Bobs in downtown Dayton.

StoryCorps

On Miami Valley StoryCorps we bring you conversations between local people who went to the StoryCorps booth in Dayton last spring.  Today we meet Victor Ndisanze who visited the StoryCorps booth with his friend Jean Berry to talk about his family in Rwanda and his new community in Dayton.

This interview was edited by Community Voices producer Alan Staiger.

Conrad Balliet reads Gary Pacernick's poem, "Letter To Dan, no. 3"

Louisville's Vessel stopped by the WYSO studio on their way to a Columbus gig for a live set on Excursions.  The six-piece band chatted with Music Director Niki Dakota about their latest release, upcoming shows and more.

Vessel will perform at Old Crow in Middletown on Saturday, February 7th.

Conrad Balliet reads David Petreman's poem. "Kathryn B., Deceased."

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