The Rolling Stones are a legendary rock and roll band. After 50 years they are still touring, making albums, and playing their many hit songs. A few years ago the Stones guitarist Keith Richards published a well received memoir. There was one former Rolling Stone who didn't get mentioned very much in Keith's book, a guy named Brian Jones.

photo by Kenny Dunn

Ahead of their visit to the Miami Valley for the Winterfolk Festival, Honey and Houston stopped by the WYSO studios for a live performance on Kaleidoscope.  The band chatted with host Juliet Fromholt about their recent album Barcelona, and Winterfolk Festival organizers Charles Hartman and Harold Hensley also came by to talk about the full festival line.

The 2016 Winterfolk Festival is Saturday, January 16th at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton.

Formerly of the band Left Hand Hold, Tony Leibold is now out on his own with a new EP.  Leibold visited the WYSO studios to perform live on Excursions and chatted with WYSO music director Niki Dakota about writing, recording and touring.

Tony Leibold will perform at Canal Public House on January 12th and February 16th. 

Springfield trio 3 Piece Suit visited the WYSO studios for a live performance on Kaleidoscope and chatted with host Juliet Fromholt about recording, live shows and more.

3 Piece Suit will perform on January 22nd at the Union Club in Springfield. 

artwork by Chad Wells

The members of Grover returned the WYSO studios to share tracks from their forthcoming album, Tonight Only.  The band chatted with Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt about writing and recording the album, the upcoming release show and more.

Grover will celebrate the release of Tonight Only at Peaches in Yellow Springs on Friday, January 22nd.

Currently based in the UK, Dayton area native Meg Cavanugh recently released her latest full length album, Hello Mr. Magpie.  Cavanaugh and Steve Falearos visited the WYSO studios for a live acoustic performance on Excursions.

Meg Cavanaugh will celebrate the release of Hello Mr. Magpie with a performance at Canal Public House on Wednesday, January 6th.

Fresh from a performance in Chicago, DJ Béeso, Alex Blocker, AnTro and Lady Yazzie visited the WYSO studios for an evening of music, dance and conversation on Kaleidoscope.

Special thanks to Tom Amrhein and Tatiana Benally.

The Motel Beds capped off a successful 2015 with the release of Mind Glitter in the fall.  With live shows already in the works for 2016, the band visited the WYSO studios and performed a live, acoustic set on Kaleidoscope.

The Motel Beds will perform on January 22nd at Canal Public House with Speaking Suns and Birthday Boy.

Research And Jazz Keep A Dayton Pianist In Perpetual Motion

Dec 21, 2015
Keigo and Wenbi Hirakawa at home
Dave Barber / WYSO

Keigo Hirakawa is an Ivy League-educated researcher and professor at the University of Dayton. He is also a gifted jazz pianist—and he’s trying to be at the top of his game in both worlds. Hirakawa moved to Dayton from the east coast in 2010. He came here for the job at UD, but he also came here for the music.

“It’s hard to balance family, work and music,” Hirakawa says. “The amount of time that I spend for work—work meaning research—is non stop.”

Rick Good, Sharon Leahy and Michael and Sandy Bashaw have combined their collective musical efforts to form The Elements.  The band visited the WYSO studio for a live set on Excursions and chatted with Niki Dakota about their longstanding musical friendship.

The Elements will perform on Sunday, December 27th at Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza and Live Music in Columbus.