Evan Miller

Music Department Assistant / Host, The Outside

Evan Miller is a percussionist, lover of sound, and is probably buying too many cassette tapes online right now. Evan got his start in radio in 2012 at WWSU at Wright State University, where he was studying percussion performance. He followed through with both endeavors and eventually landed a lucrative dual career playing experimental music at home and abroad and volunteering at WYSO. Maintaining a connection to normal music, Evan also plays drums in bands, and fills in for Niki Dakota on Excursions. When not doing something music-related, Evan is most likely listening to podcasts or watching food videos at home with his cat.


Longtime local musician and Ohio Heritage Fellow Rick Good, member of Hotmud Family, Rhythm in Shoes, LeahyGood, and more, has released a new solo album called "At the Corner of Jekyll and Hyde." Good stopped by WYSO's Excursions to talk with Niki Dakota about the decades-spanning new album, Miami Valley folk/traditional music history, and some of his latest work.


The Dayton Philharmonic is presenting a special Holiday Pops event this holiday season, fronted by The Jim Martinez Quartet for "The Jazz Music of A Charlie Brown Christmas." Arranging team Tim and Louise Berens stopped by WYSO's Excursions to talk about the beloved holiday favorite, their treatments for the orchestra, and what to expect for this performance.


Returning to the Little Art Theatre in Yellow Springs by popular demand, Jesus Christ Superstar (in a newly-remastered 70 mm print) will be showing this week accompanied by the film's lead, actor and musician Ted Neeley. Neeley, along with producer/manager Frank Munoz, came to WYSO's Excursions to talk with Niki Dakota about the showings, and tell stories about the history of the film and his career.

The Wright State University Motion Pictures program will host their annual Doc Night event this weekend on campus. Every year, junior Motion Pictures students create a new documentary film as their junior thesis project, and in promotion of their new works, students Adam Clark and Jacob Louis Miller stopped by WYSO's Excursions to speak with Niki Dakota about their new films and the Motion Pictures program.


Dayton native (and current Tennessee resident) Charlie Tipton is home for the holidays this week, and bringing his band alongside Wolf Moon Revival down to The Brightside venue in downtown Dayton this Friday night. Tipton stopped by WYSO's Excursions with Niki Dakota to talk about the show, and play some songs live on air.

Russian Duo (Terry Boyarsky and Oleg Kruglyakov)

Russian Duo is bringing their international medley of traditional and classical instruments to the Miami Valley this weekend. Terry Boyarsky, piano, and Oleg Kruglyakov, balalaika (a traditional Russian string instrument similar to a mandolin), came to WYSO's Excursions to talk with Niki Dakota about their project, their instruments, and their upcoming performance in Oakwood.


Miami Valley filmmaker and musician Dale Farmer is bringing his award-winning film The Mountain Minor to the Little Art Theatre this Thursday night. The film's story centers on the migration of Appalachian musical traditions sourced from Eastern Kentucky, and employed numerous musicians near and far in the cast, including Elizabeth LaPrelle from the duo Anna & Elizabeth.

Springfield Symphony

The Springfield Symphony is adding a new ensemble to their lineup: The Springfield Symphony Jazz Orchestra, directed by Todd Stoll. Stoll, along with pianist Isaiah J. Thompson, came to WYSO's Excursions to talk with Evan Miller and guest host Duante Beddingfield of WYSO's Equinox about their new emsemble, some jazz history, and their upcoming inaugural performance, Big Band Royalty: The Count Meets The Duke.


The Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions is hosting the Pathways to Regeneration: Soil, Food, and Plant Medicine conference next month in Yellow Springs. Arthur Morgan Institute Executive Director Susan Jennings, and photographer Dennie Eagleson (currently working on a documentary on the institute's purchase of the Agraria farm), came to WYSO's studios to speak with Excursions' Niki Dakota about the institute, and what to expect at the conference.