Here's the deal: I was going to do "Up & Down" as this week's theme- until an initial list of songs came to about 9 hours of music, that is. So, we're gonna split things up; this week we present "up" songs. Next week will "down"'s turn. Hank Williams to Coltrane to Parliament to Van Halen- all weighing in. Get up, stay up. But first...

M. Ross Perkins will release his new EP later this summer.
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M. Ross Perkins joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota in the studio for a live set on Excursions.  They talked about his upcoming performance at Adventures Fest and forthcoming new EP.

M. Ross Perkins will perform at Adventures Fest on July 21. More information at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1341255296006535/

The Pinkerton Raid will perform at Dayton's South Park Tavern.
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Durham-based band The Pinkerton Raid visited the WYSO studios for a live set o Excursions ahead of their performance at Dayton's South Park Tavern.  The band talked with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about their new album Where the Wildest Spirit Fly and more.

The Pinkerton Raid will perform at South Park Tavern with OldNews on July 11. More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2231367827148951/

This week, we're examining songs about walking, from everyone from Aerosmith to Thelonious Monk to Ella Fitzgerald to Ernest Tubb, and a whole bunch of folks betwixt and between. Lace up, friends. It might even get silly, but first....

In 2017, Idiedtrying hosted The Encore, a special show at the Fairborn Actor's Theater.  This year marks the show's second run, and JFX316 joins the lineup.  Tony Goff (Idiedtrying) and Jared Whittaker (JFX316) joined Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt live in the studio for a preview of the event.

The Encore II featuring Idiedtrying and JFX316 is Saturday, July 7 at the Fairborn Actor's Theater.  More information below.

Us, Today
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Performing as Us, Today, Kristin Agee (Vibraphone, Keys/Electronic Sounds),  Joel Griggs (Guitar, Theremin, Drones), and Jeff Mellott (Drums) recently released their new album, Computant. The band will celebrate the release in Dayton on July 13, and Kaleidsocope host Juliet Fromholt spoke to them by phone ahead of the show.

In Rebels and Underdogs: The Story of Ohio Rock and Roll, author Garin Pirnia explores the past and present of Ohio's modern rock scene city by city.  With a chapter devoted to Dayton, Pirnia delves into several seminal rock bands.  She spoke with Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt about how Dayton fits into the state's larger musical picture.

Rebels and Underdogs: The Story of Ohio Rock and Roll is available now.

While Tod is on a fact-finding mission to parts unknown, the Jewel Case is in the very capable hands of Mr. Andy Valeri. He's Rev Cool's regular right-hand man on Around The Fringe on Fridays, and he knows his stuff. Andy presents a theme of "Firsts" right after this... 

Local musician Nathan Lewis sat down with Niki Dakota on WYSO's Excursions to preview the new album from Cincinnati funk/afrobeat band Ernie Johnson From Detroit, EJFD.

Some technical issues arose during the interview, but we have a taste of the broadcast available here. For more information on the band's new album, visit ErnieJohnsonFromDetroit.com.

Bubba Love
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South Carolina-based singer-songwriter Bubba Love is set to perform at the 2018 Festival of Fire. Love and festival organizer Vanessa Cubano stopped by WYSO studio to talk and share some live music with Niki Dakota on Excursions.

The 2018 Festival of Fire runs June 29-30 at Zane Shawnee Caverns & Southwind Park in Bellefontaine, OH. More info is available on Facebook.