Midwest Outdoor Experience brings music and outdoor culture together
courtesy of Five Rivers Metroparks

Brent Ansligner from Five Rivers MetroParks joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota in the studio for a preview of the Midwest Outdoor Experience, a two day festival of music and outdoor culture. 

Midwest Outdoor Experience is October 2nd and 3rd at Eastwood MetroPark.

Ahead of the Dayton Art Institute's Oktoberfest, Jake Kouwe of the Chardon Polka Band caught up with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about his band's unique brand of polka music.

The Dayton Art Institute's Oktoberfest is Saturday, September 26th and Sunday, September 27th.

Yellow Springs trio Lord Kimbo visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleidoscope and chatted with host Juliet Fromholt about finding their sound, improvisation and more.

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GemFest is a day-long festival of art, music and resources to benefit GLSEN Greater Dayton.  Two of the bands involved, Evil Eye Gypsy and A Shade of Red gave a musical preview of the event live on Kaleidoscope and the organizers chatted with host Juliet Fromholt about the cause GemFest benefits.

GemFest is Saturday, October 3rd at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton.

After this summer's release of Hilltops and Highways with the Repeating Arms, the New Old-Fashioned have been staying busy preparing their sophomore full-length release.  David Payne chatted with Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt about the process of writing and recording the album.

The New Old-Fashioned will celebrate the release of Low-Down Dirty Summer Nights on September 26th at Gilly's in downtown Dayton.

Mark Becknell is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who performs with several regional bands.  His latest solo release is Like The Vine.  Becknell visited the WYSO for a live set on Kaleidoscope and talked about writing, recording and more with host Juliet Fromholt.

Mark Becknell will perform at MOTR in Cincinnati on October 2nd.

City Deer combines indie folk and punk rock for a fresh sound that spans the genres.  The band visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleidoscope and talked to host Juliet Fromholt about forming the band, finding their sound and future plans.

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Gran Bel Fisher return to the WYSO studios in the midst of their latest tour in support of Yokefellow, their new album.  The duo performed live on Excursions and talked to Niki Dakota about their latest album, their travels and more.

Brian Ehlers, manager of the historic Clifton Opera House, joins Niki Dakota live in the WYSO Studio to talk about the history of the venue, future musical plans and gives a preview of this fall's lineup of shows.

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Todd the Fox made a return visit to the WYSO studios ahead of his appearance at the 2015 WYSO Community Concert.  Joined by Queen Victoria and Alan Frazier, Todd the Fox gave a musical preview live on Excursions and talked with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about what he's been up to musically.

The WYSO Community Concert is Sunday, September 13th at RiverScape MetroPark