Arts & Culture

In its 11th year, Dayton Music Fest has grown into the Dayton Music, Art and Film Festival with music, both local and national at its core.  Organizers and musicians including Gladgirl Shelly, Good Luck Year (who performed a live set in the studio), Good English and the Motel Beds visited the WYSO studio for a preview this year's festivities.

Dayton Music, Art and Film Festival is September 18th and 19th in downtown Dayton.  More information is at

World House Choir To Perform Mass for Mother Earth

Sep 9, 2015
Dorothy Smith

What happens when a choir director and 100 singers focus on climate change? This weekend, the World House Choir will present Missa Gaia: A Celebration of Mother Earth by Paul Winter. The music is both meditative and a call to action.

Dayton Literary Peace Prize/Anne Rasmussen
Dayton Literary Peace Prize/Anne Rasmussen

Finalists have been announced for the 2015 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. The awards are given to authors who have written stories about peace, social justice, or global understanding and have been handed out since the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords ended the Bosnian war. 

Peace Prize founder and co-chair Sharon Rabb says six finalists were chosen in both the fiction and nonfiction categories.

Members of Manray visited the WYSO studios for a preview of their new album, Classic Jurassic, set to be released this weekend.  The band chatted with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about recording the album and more.

Manray will celebrate the release of Classic Jurassic on September 4th at Blind Bob's.

As Cyclops Festival prepares to celebrate its fifth year of handmade culture in Yellow Springs, OH several of its musical performers visited the WYSO studios for a preview on Kaleidoscope.  Harold Hensley of The Repeating Arms performed an acoustic set, members of Skratchmatik did two DJs live on the air and festival co-organizer Brian Johnson talked about what's new at this year's event.

The 2015 Cyclops Festival is Saturday, September 12th at the John Bryan Center in Yellow Springs.

Marietta Ball reads her poem, "Solitary Readouts."

Kicking off a month-long musical residency on Excursions, the New Old-Fashioned performed live in the WYSO studios ahead of the release of their sophomore full length album, Low-Down Dirty Summer Nights.

The New Old-Fashioned will celebrate the release of Low-Down Dirty Summer Nights on Saturday, September 26th at Gilly's in downtown Dayton.

Local Artists Find Their Creative Space

Sep 2, 2015
Marika Snider / WYSO

For part-time artists, juggling career, home, and family can be challenging. Some find the solution in a Third Space, a place where their talents can mature. Community Voices producer Marika Snider talks with two local artists about finding their Third Space.

Conrad Balliet reads Ron Palmer's poem, "Looking For God."

Having released their new album, No Hotel, The Claudettes returned to the WYSO studios to chat with Music Director Niki Dakota ahead of their Yellow Springs performance.