Weekdays, noon-3pm

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.

Julia Reichert
WYSO Archives

On Wednesday evening in Columbus, Ohio, a special exhibit opened that features the 50-year career of Yellow Springs filmmaker, Julia Reichert. The Wexner exhibit is actually one stop on a national tour highlighting Reichert's work, which has focused in on a variety of "era-defining" issues of the human experience.

Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience

Outdoor activities, demonstrations, competitions and music will once again be on-hand at Eastwood MetroPark for the 2019 editioin of the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience.  Five Rivers MetroParks' Brent Anslinger returned to the WYSO studios to talk with Niki Dakota about the year's offerings, the event's waste-free iniative and more.

The Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience is Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6 at Eastwood Metropark. More information at: https://outdoorx.metroparks.org/

Phil Lee

Known as The Mighty King of Love, songwriter Phil Lee visited the WYSO studios for a live performance on Excursions ahead of his concert in Tipp City. Lee talked to WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about poetry and song, his latest album Phil Lee and the Horse He Rode In On, and more.

Phil Lee will perform at Aggy Road Farm in Tipp City on Saturday, September 28 at 7:30pm.

Nathan Peters and Joseph Remnant joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota live on Excursions for a preview of Dayton Music Fest 2019 in song and conversation. 

Dayton Music Fest 2019 is September 20 at the Brightside and 21 at Yellow Cab Tavern, Blind Bob's and Oregon Express.  Full lineup and ticket information is at https://www.facebook.com/events/477065903090615/

Crediting the late Mick Montgomery with introducing her to the music of Tom Waits, it's long been a dream of musician Sharon Lane to create a concert celebration of Waits' music in Dayton.  That dream will become reality on September 21 at the Black Box Improv Theater.  Lane visited the WYSO studios for a preview of Clap Hands with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota.

Clap Hands: Celebrating the Music and Lyrics of Tom Waits is Saturday, September at 3pm and 8pm at the Black Box Improv Theater in downtown Dayton.

2019 marks the second time the World House Choir will perform Paul Winter's Missa Gaia.  Dr. Cathy Roma joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota in the studio to talk about this year's performance, which will include guest artists from Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and newly commissioned works from two African American composers.

Fate and Melanie
via Trolley Stop

Performing together as simply Fate and Melanie, Fate McAfee and Melanie A. Davis shared the same musical circles in Kentucky prior to collaborating.  The duo traveled to the Miami Valley on their latest tour and visited the WYSO studios for a live performance on Excursions with Niki Dakota.

Fate and Melanie will perform at the Trolley Stop in downtown Dayton on September 12.  Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/events/620683861791093/

Holly and Emily

Holly and Emily began singing together in 8th grade choir class and have honed their harmonies performing together around the Miami Valley.  The young duo joined Niki Dakota live in the WYSO Studios for live music and conversation.

Holly and Emily perform each Friday at Ritter's in Beavercreek and will be at the Spirited Goat Coffeehouse in Yellow Springs on September 28. The duo releases a new YouTube video every Wednesday.

Tecumseh Land Trust

The Tecumseh Land Trust is hosting the 15th edition of its annual Harvest Auction this Friday evening at the Hollenebeck Bayley Center in Springfield. Tecumseh Land Trust Executive Director Krista Magaw stopped by the WYSO studios to talk with Excursions' Niki Dakota about the history of the auction and the Land Trust, and what attendees can expect at this year's event.

Making Movies

Kansa City based band Making Movies combines roots, psychedelia and son cubano saying that, ""Rock'n'roll is Latin music."  The band visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions ahead of their performance at the Levitt Pavilion Dayton.

Making Movies will perform at the Levitt Pavilion Dayton on Friday, August 30 at 7pm. Learn more at https://levittdayton.org.