Previously performing as a trio, Cincinnati's Hickory Robot has been a quartet since 2011. Last fall the band released sophomore album, Sawyer and has been keeping busy since then performing regionally including opening for Dr. Ralph Stanley. Hickory Robot visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions and chatted with Niki Dakota about Sawyer and upcoming performances.
Hickory Robot performs on Saturday, September 21st at the Fort Ancient Bluegrass Festival.
Members of the Leap Years Have been playing together for several years, but it's only been a few months since all four members have been performing as a full band. The University of Dayton students are eager to grow their fan-base from campus to the larger Miami Valley and will begin that step at an Urban Nights event at the Oregon District's Peace on Fifth. The members of the band visited the WYSO studios to talk about their musical careers so far and where they'd like to head.
Saturday evening at Canal Street Tavern marks Peace, Love and Pits, a benefit show put on by local band Gathering Mercury. Funds raised will benefit the Miami Valley Pit Crew, a nonprofit devoted to rescue and fostering dogs, in particular "Bully" breeds. Gathering Mercury's Ashley Stacy made a return visit to the WYSO studios for an acoustic preview with Niki Dakota.
Gathering Mercury performs Saturday, September 14th at Canal Street Tavern.