Arts & Culture

  Sonia Sanchez, a prominent black rights activist and critically acclaimed poet, came to the Dayton area to speak at Wilberforce University's 160th anniversary celebration. Sanchez is best known for her part in helping create the first Black studies program in higher education. She came to the WYSO studio to speak with Gabriel Civil, a performance arts professor at Antioch college. The two reflect on Sanchez's life,her poetry and the black arts movement through years of change and intergenerational influence.  


With nearly a dozen members hailing from various branches of the Dayton musical family, Lioness will aim to make their shows into special events.  Nathan Peters, Burris Dixon and Maria Dixon visited the WYSO studios to share some of the new band's recordings and talk about their upcoming debut show at Jimmie's Ladder 11.

Lioness' debut show is Saturday, August 13th at Jimmie's Ladder 11 with Moira, Human Cannonball and Trunk Bound Regime.

Still a relatively new band, The Meal Tickets have spent their first year writing and performing and are now headed into the studio to work on an upcoming album.  The band visited the WYSO studios for a live performance on Kaleidoscope and spoke with host Juliet Fromholt.

The Meal Tickets will perform at Jimmy's Ladder 11 on August 26th.

Conrad Balliet reads James Brooks' poem, "Gliding."

Fred Bartenstein of the Springfield Rotary Club, and local musician Andy Fox visited WYSO to talk about the Springfield Rotary Club's Third Annual Gourmet Food Truck Competition. The event takes place Saturday, August 13th, from 11am, to 9pm, at Veteran's Park (formerly Cliff Park), 250 Cliff Park Road, Springfield, Ohio.

There will be 35 food trucks, which will serve a variety of dishes from different cultures, such as Cuban, BBQ, Italian, and Mediterranean. There will be live music played throughout the event by several bands, including Andy Fox. Admission to the event is free.

Rita Coleman reads her poem, "Gladdons Creek."

If you have been listening to this program for a while you know that I'm quite fond of a good detective novel. "Burn What Will Burn" by C.B. McKenzie is one of the more unusual detective novels that I have read lately because it has the detective novel vibe but there really are not any detectives involved.

Keeping Local Musicians' Gear In Working Order

Jul 29, 2016
Shelly Hulce / WYSO

Imagine life without mechanics, plumbers or IT help. For working musicians, a damaged instrument or piece of gear could lead to lost gigs, tours or recording sessions. So who do musicians of the Miami Valley call when things go wrong? Community Voices Producer Shelly Hulce introduces us to the world of Dayton musician, restoration and repair man, Chris Wright.

Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band

  This week Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band, a group from Mutual, Ohio, stopped by for a live performance and a chat with Niki Dakota. They’re the founders of the annual Madden Road Music Festival, which takes place Saturday, August 13, at the old Madden Farm in Mutual.

The Miller Road Band is a family affair. Lead singer Daniel Dye, who plays guitar and banjo, is joined by his nieces and nephews: Emily on violin and viola, Carrie on violin, and Thomas on cello. Today they were joined by Dye’s sister, Sarah, who plays a major role in organizing the festival.

Army Corporal Charles "Perky" White Jr.
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

The remains of a Korean War veteran who was captured in 1950 have been returned to his Ohio family, and he'll be buried Friday next to his parents.