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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.

The New Old-Fashioned
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Xenia-native David Payne of The New Old-Fashioned joins WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota to perform work from the band's latest album, Small Town, Midwest, USA. They discuss the new record, the revitalization of Xenia since Payne's youth, and songs about Ohio. 

The Claudettes
Timothy Hiatt Photography

Johnny Iguana of the Chicago-Based band The Claudettes returns to WYSO to speak with Excursions host Niki Dakota. They discuss the progression of Johnny's musical career, from being driven to shows at age 15 to joining blues greats to play all around the world, as well as the musical vision behind his current work in the Claudettes. 

The Claudettes will finish their current US tour on Saturday, June 29, at the Sorg Opera House in Middletown. 

Gran Delusion To Release Debut EP

Jun 26, 2019
Dylan Sage of Gran Delusion
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Yellow Springs natives Dylan Sage and Jay Teilhet join Niki Dakota on Excusions to perform music from their forthcoming debut EP under the name Gran Delusion. They discuss their artistic modivation, recording process, and couch surfing in Yellow Springs. 

Gran Delusion will celebrate the release of their debut self-titled EP on Friday, October 11 at the Emporium in Yellow Springs. 

The Elements
courtesy of the band

The creative energies of Michael Bashaw, Sandy Bashaw, Rick Good, and Sharon Leahy will combine under the moniker The Elements for a series of performances at Dayton Theatre Guild. Dubbed Theatre of Sound, the concerts will showcase Michael Bashaw's sound sculptures alongside vocals, percussive dance, and an array of instruments.  The Elements visited the WYSO studios to talk to Music Director Niki Dakota about the upcoming performanes.

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Author/lecturer/horse trainer Linda Kohanov is bringing her workshop "The Power of Nonviolence: Horse Sense for Challenging Times" to Yellow Springs next weekend. Kohanov, founder of Epona Equestrian Services, spoke with WYSO's Niki Dakota on Excursions about her history with caring for horses, and what we can learn with them and from them about nonviolent, compassionate forms of power and human interaction.

Yellow Cab Tavern

Yellow Cab Tavern will celebrate the summer solstice with a series of live music events that includes live band karaoke with The Big Wazu, the Blazing Gentlemen's celebration of Guided by Voices' Bee Thousand's 25th anniversary, and two takes on the Grateful Dead from Stringus Khan and Arrows of Neon.  The Yellow Cab's Bork Torkleson visited the WYSO studios to talk to Niki Dakota about the series and his work for Rockstar Pro. 

The Miami Music Men will host their annual concert a bit early this year with the theme Good Old Barbeshop.  To preview this celebration of a capella music, barbershop quartet No Regrets and the Miami Valley School's Elite Beats visited the WYSO studios to perform live on Excursions.

Miami Valley Music Men will present Good Old Barbershop! on Saturday, June 15 at the Miami Valley School. Learn more below or at: www.singdayton.com

This year marks the second season of Dayton Food Truck Battles, an offshoot of the Yellow Cab's food truck rallies.  Davbe Obenour returned to the WYSO studios to talk with Music Director Niki Dakota about the upcoming battles.

The next Dayton Food Truck Battle is June 13 at Yellow Cab Tavern beginning at 5pm.  For a full schedule of Yellow Cab's food truck events, visit: https://www.facebook.com/yellowcabfoodtrucks/

With a number of alternate events planned to protest and counter a planned rally from an Indiana-based KKK group, the World House Choir and Jeremy Winston Chorale will offer an afternoon concert for peace and unity at  Kettering Seventh Day Adventist Church.  Dr. Cathy Roma and Jeremy Winston visited the WYSO studio ahead of the concert to talk to Niki Dakota about the event's music and mission.

IndieCraft is a new celebration of music, food, and craft beer in the heart of downtown Springfield.  Two of the featured performers, M Ross Perkins and XL427's Andy Ingram made a return visit to the WYSO studios for a live acoustic set on Excursions ahead of the event.  

IndieCraft is Friday, May 17 at Mother Stewart's Brewery and Hatch Studios in downtown Springfield.  Learn more below or at: https://www.facebook.com/events/324124668304697/