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.
The Leap Years will perform at Peace on Fifth on Friday, September 20 during Urban Nights.
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.
Since their last visit to the WYSO studios Skratchmatik Turntable Crew has been staying busy and branching out from strictly "turntable-ist" gigs, using turntables as a band, to some club DJ gigs. The members of Skratchmatik visited Kaleidoscope ahead of their performance at the Cyclops Festival for some live scratching on the air. They chatted with host Juliet Fromholt about the art of being a turntable-ist, perceptions of DJ in popular culture and different types. They're also joined by Brian Johnson, one of the organizers of Cyclops Festival, who gives an overview of the event.
Earlier this year, Dayton-based band Puzzle of Light partnered with a variety of local musicians in Playing for Change Dayton, which created a collaborative music video called Where There Is Love. Puzzle of Light will perform with some of the Playing for Change Dayton musicians on September 21st at Gilly's in downtown Dayton. The concert is one of many local activities celebrating the International Day of Peace.
Div Dance is an Antioch College tradition, a campus-wide gathering before students leave for 3-6 months to go on co-op. This time around, Div Dance will feature live performances from Yellow Springs and Antioch College artists and is open to the community. Several of those artists visited the WYSO studios to perform live including Antioch College students Della Jerkan and Zachary Sullivan.
Yellow Springs' Speaking Suns are among the community artists that will perform at Div Dance. The band made a return visit to Excursions to share some new material.