Music

Jennifer Taylor

Dayton Does Dayton is a two-day musical showcase that features Dayton-based artists performing their own original material as well as covers of their favorite local artists' work.  Each evening features full bands as well as a songwriters in the round session.  Two of those performers, John Mullen and Mike Slone, visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions and talked to Niki Dakota about the upcoming show.

Dayton Does Dayton is March 13th and 14th at Gilly's in downtown Dayton.

Although the members of Big Time Pharaohs have been playing together off and on for years, they've only officially been a band for a short while.  With a debut album just released, the band is now gearing up for live shows and visited the WYSO studios to share some album tracks and talk about what's coming up this spring.

Big Time Pharoahs will perform on March 7th at Blind Bobs with Andy Gabbard and MeTime.

Since his last visit to the WYSO studios, Mack McKenzie has released is new album and started work on the next release.  He returned to Kaleidoscope with bandmates Scott Houchens and John Roby to share some acoustic songs and talk about working on new material and a very special upcoming live show.

Mack McKenzie will perform on March 7th at Oddbodies opening for Shooter Jennings and Waymore's Outlaws along with Jamie Suttle.

With a newly revamped lineup, Ole No. 9 is moving forward into 2015 with live shows and a new album in the works.  The band visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleidoscope and talked to host Juliet Fromholt about their plans, progress on the album and a special upcoming gig.

Ole No. 9 will perform on February 27th at Canal Public House with Shrub and on March 14th at the Artists' Theatre in Fairborn. 

Multi-instrumentalist Stelth Ulvang (Lumineers, Dovekins) recently released his latest solo effort, And As Always The Infinite Cosmos, and is embarking on a tour in support of the release that will bring him to the Miami Valley in early March.  Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt spoke with Ulvang about performing solo as opposed to with a band, writing and recording the album and his upcoming tour.

Stelth Ulvang will perform at Canal Public House in Dayton on March 11 and Taffy's in Eaton on March 12th with Starving in the Belly of the Whale.

courtesy of Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

This winter, Dayton Opera will present a production of Dead Man Walking, an opera based on the book by Sister Helen Prejean.  Stage director Gary Briggle joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota in the studio to talk about the production.  They were also joined by mezz-soprano Amanda Fink, baritone Zachary Gordin and Dayton opera chorus master Jeff Powell, who previewed some selections from the show.

Guitarist Keith Lykins creates unique sounds with modified instruments of his own design like the drum guitar he brought along to the WYSO studios.  Lykins performed songs live on the air during Excursions with it and several other instruments and talked to WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about his latest album Encryptions and his musical journey.

Keith Lykins will perform at the Yellow Springs Library on February 21st and at the Wilmington-Stroop library in Kettering on February 28th.

Culling down a large batch of demos to an album's worth of songs, Smug Brothers recorded their new album, Woodpecker Paradise, live in the studio as a quartet, a first for the band.  Kyle Melton, Don Thrasher and Larry Evans visited the WYSO studios ahead of the album's release about talked about the recording process, honing the sound of the band's current lineup and the band's plans for this year.

Smug Brothers will celebrate the release of Woodpecker Paradise on Saturday, February 21st at Blind Bob's.

Growing up in Eastern Kentucky, singing and songwriting have always been a part of Jamie Suttle's life.  Suttle visisted the WYSO studios with members of her band for an acoustic set on Kaleidsocope and talked with host Juliet Fromholt about her musical evolution, writing and recording her latest album This Is My Story and upcoming live appearances.

The Jamie Suttle Band will perform at Canal Public House on Saturday, February 21st.  This Is My Story is available now.

The Musical Legacy of Paul Arnold

Feb 13, 2015

Paul Arnold would have been 83 years old this month. He grew up in Dayton's Edgemont District and sang gospel at the neighborhood Baptist church. In the 1950s, Arnold became a founding member and lead singer of the Gospelaires, and by the 60s, the group had achieved acclaim for its international performances.  Arnold died in 2006.

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