Lord Kimbo
courtesy of the band

Lord Kimbo returned to the WYSO studios, nearly four years after their first appearance.  The band, now a quartet, performed live on Kaleidoscope and talked about expanding their lineup, upcoming gigs and more.

Lord Kimbo will perform at Peach's in Yellow Springs on May 25 and at Dayton Side Show on May 26 at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton.  Follow the band at: https://www.facebook.com/lordkimbo

Scott Lee

Scott Lee's new album Self Reflections spans the genres of American music and pulls from various era of Lee's songwriting.  Scott Lee and producer Rob Morick joined Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt in the studio ahead of the album release.  Lee performed a live acoustic set.

Scott Lee will celebrate the release of Self Reflection on Friday, May 11 at the Tipp City Roller Mill. Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1272904036175290/

Andrew Calhoun
Jennifer Berman/Antioch College

Chicago-based singer-songwriter Andrew Calhoun joins WYSO's Niki Dakota on Excursions for a conversation and performance ahead of his show this week in Yellow Springs.

Andrew Calhoun is performing at the Vernet Ecological Institute (Glen Helen Building) on May 9. The event is free for Antioch faculty and students. For more information, email jberman@antiochcollege.edu or call (937) 971-8477.

Backyard Boogie flyer
via Facebook

Backyard Boogie is returning this June to the Miami Valley. Event coordinators Shane Dobson and Stephanie Pearce joined Niki Dakota on WYSO's Excursions to talk about the family (and pet) friendly festival, and its new venue, Adventures on the Great Miami.

Backyard Boogie is June 1-3 at Adventures on the Great Miami in Tipp City, OH. More information can be found at backyardboogie.live.

When Heart Beats is a new original production from the Yellow Springs Theatre Company, written and directed by Colton Pitstick that features original music, performed live onstage by Jam Salad.  Pitstick, the band, and choreographers Ali Thomas and Victoria Walters visited the WYSO studios for a preview in song and conversation live on Kaleidoscope.

When Heart Beats is onstage May 9 - 12 at First Presbyterian Church of Yellow Springs.  More details below.

(from left) Rob Olsen, Greg Snyder, Reyna Spears, Dana Farley and Bruce Warren
via Curious Animals

Reyna Spears and Curious Animals visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleidoscope encompassing the players' various styles and musical lineups.  They talked with host Juliet Fromholt about balancing different musical projects, writing, recording, and Reyna's upcoming single.

Kelsey Cassidy

New Brunswick, Canada's Stephen Lewis and The Big Band of Fun stopped by the WYSO studios before their show this week at Hannah's in Dayton to talk with Niki Dakota about their loop-based performance style, and share some music live on Excursions.

Stephen Lewis and The Big Band of Fun will perform at Hannah's in Dayton on Thursday, May 3, joined by local band Beesly.

Local band Paul's Apartment is back for a special reunion show this week at Peach's in Yellow Springs. Ahead of the show, the band returned to the WYSO studios for the first time since 2002 to talk band history and share some recordings on Excursions with Niki Dakota. 

Pauls Apartment will perform with Country Provisions at Peach's Grill in Yellow Springs on Friday, May 4.

Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown, Milt (Milton) Jackson, and Timmie Rosenkrantz, Downbeat, New York, N.Y., ca. Sept. 1947
William P. Gottlieb/Ira and Leonore S. Gershwin Fund Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress.

1961, Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Harold Arlen Songbook. Notable also because it includes the seldom-heard opening stanza. This recording is an excellent example of an Ella song that could've been a whole lot better than the product we got, and a rare example of Ella being against the material she performed.

Fresh Local Producers / Facebook

Founder of Cincinnati-based electronic producers group Fresh Local Producers and local DJ (and former WYSO intern) Barry Leohnard sit down with Niki Dakota on WYSO's Excursions to share some music and talk about the growing local community of electronic music artists.

For more info on these guests, check out Fresh Local Producers and DJ Barry Leohnard on Facebook.