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Like the name suggests, Excursions is a daily journey across musical genres and eras.  Niki Dakota guides listeners through a broad cross-section of the newest music from Ohio, around the world, and everything in between while also spending time with beloved classic tunes.  Each day is an adventure and on Wednesdays, you'll hear the fresh tunes from great artists new and old during the noon hour.  Play for fun and prizes on Thursday Threads, and you can put a song on the playlist every Friday when we spin theme tunes.


Work from Wright State University's art, music, theatre, dance, and motion pictures students will be on display at the campus' Creative Arts Center on Saturday, April 13 for the 20th annual Arts Gala.  Several Wright State students, along with Jennifer Buckwalter Assistant Dean for Community and Student Engagement in the College of Liberal Arts, joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota live in studio for a preview of the event.

Lunafest will return to Dayton for its tenth year on March 24.  Joy Schwab from Dayton Women's Rights Alliance visited the WYSO studios to talk with Music Director Niki Dakota about the festival, which features international and local films created by women.

Lunafest 2019 is Sunday, March 24 at the Neon in downtown Dayton.  More details at: https://www.facebook.com/events/574425249693779/


Dayton Gay Men's Chorus will present its annual fundraiser, Under the Big Top, at the Dayton Art Institute.  Artistic director Kathy Clark, artistic director and chorus board president Drew Huggins joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota live in the WYSO studio to talk about the upcoming performance. 

The Dayton Gay Men's Chorus will persent Under the Big Top on Saturday, March 30 at the Dayton Art Institute. Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/daytongaymenschorus/

Tom Helbig of Tomfoolery Outdoors returned to the WYSO studios to talk with Niki Dakota about this year's Paddling Film Festival and its accompanying events.

The 2019 Paddling Film Festival is Thursday, March 14 at the Neon in downtown Dayton. Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/events/775204832828508/


Rhode Island-based saxophonist Greg Abate is on the road and performing at Emporium Wines & Underdog Cafe in Yellow Springs this weekend. Abate stopped by the WYSO studios to speak with Niki Dakota on Excursions about the show and his music, and play some tunes from his recent records.

Greg Abate, joined by Lee McKinney and Tim Watson, will be performing at Emporium Wines & Underdog Cafe in Yellow Springs on Friday, March 8 at 7 PM. More information can be found at EmporiumWines.com.

Learn Love Eat

Food and drink experts from the Miami Valley and beyond are coming together for a beer, bourbon, cheese, chocolate, and coffee "tasting camp" event this month in Dayton.

Learn Love Eat, helmed by creative lead London Coe, seeks to create experiences to celebrate learning about and falling in love with what we eat and drink. WYSO's Niki Dakota spoke with Coe alongside Brad Measel from local distillery Stillwrights, David Nilsen, a Columbus-based Certified Cicerone, and Jessica Beans from local coffee micro-roaster Namesake Coffee, about the event and their expertise.

Director and comedy writer Joel Levinson is bringing his film "Boy Band" back home to the Little Art Theatre this month.

Joel, one half of the Levinson Brothers alongside Stephen, dropped by the WYSO studios to talk with Niki Dakota on Excursions about the film, made on location in Dayton. The film centers on a boy band that comes back to the studio to follow up their smash debut album, 16 years after the fact.

Emmy Award-winning jazz guitarist, composer, and producer Chieli Minucci is bringing his jazz supergroup Special EFX All Stars to the 2019 Weekend of Jazz in Beavercreek. Ahead of this weekend's performance, Minucci spoke with WYSO's Niki Dakota on Excursions about his group and his work.


Members of the Beavercreek High School Jazz I Ensemble, under the direction of Matt Frost, visited the WYSO studios for a live preview of the 19th annual Weekend of Jazz.

The 19th Annual Weekend of Jazz is March 1 and 2 at Beavercreek High School and features a variety of performances from student and professional jazz musicians.  Tickets and more information is available at: http://www.weekendofjazz.org

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo will journey to Springfield for a concert at Wittenberg University's Weaver Chapel.  Ahead of the performance, WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota spoke with Ladysmith Black Mambazo's Albert Mazibuko, one of the group's original members.