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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.

A quartet version of Lioness, the Dayton-area band fronted by vocalist/guitarist Nathan Peters, will be performing Friday night in Yellow Springs at Emporium Wines and Underdog Cafe. Peters, alongside bassist Ben Cooper, came to WYSO's Excursions to play some live cuts, and spin a new studio track from their upcoming 2020 album.


Dayton band Yuppie is releasing a new EP in 2020 called "A Place To Call My Own." Lead vocalist/guitarist Zach Sliver made a return visit to WYSO's Excursions alongside bassist/vocalist Zach Thompson to talk with Niki Dakota about the new EP and their recent activities in the area, as well as spin some tracks from the EP.

You can find more information about Yuppie at TheYuppieMusic.com.


The Mud Run Conservancy, a Clark County organization dedicated to preserving and advocating for the land/water resources of the Mud Run watershed, is hosting a benefit concert this Saturday in Yellow Springs, featuring a concert and square dance by longstanding Miami Valley old-time music group The Corndrinkers. Kathleen Matthews from Mud Run Conservancy and Linda Scutt from The Corndrinkers came to WYSO's Excursions to speak with Niki Dakota about the event, and what the conversancy does.


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.