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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.

Secret Kept and Gary Onady joined Niki Dakota on Excursions.
via Kelli Campbell

Jazz combo Secret Kept, along with special guest Gary Onady, visited the WYSO studios for a special preview of their upcoming performance at Jazz Central along with Karen Patterson.  They talked with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about the upcoming show.

Secret Kept will perform at Jazz Central with special guests Karen Patterson and Gary Onady on Friday, August 31.

Michael Hambouz on Vimeo

The Herndon Gallery at Antioch College is staging a new exhibition featuring the work of New York City-based artist (and Antioch alumnus) Michael Hambouz. The exhibit features 2D and 3D pieces from Hambouz spanning multiple mediums and over two decades of work. He spoke with WYSO's Niki Dakota on Excursions about his work and his inspirations and influences during his time at Antioch.

Come together logo
Yellow Cab Tavern

Come Together is a Beatles tribute act featuring members of The Last Waltz, and Dayton bands The Boxcar Suite, Lioness, The New Old-fashioned, The Big Wazu, Bribing Senators, Cherry Lee and the Hot Rod Hounds and many more. Musicians Kent Montgomery, Brian Hoeflich, and Nathan Peters joined WYSO music director Niki Dakota in the studio to talk about the upcoming event. 

Friday, August 24 at the Yellow Cab Tavern in downtown Dayton. Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/events/272083610252121/

Harold Hensley playing guitar
via Harold Hensley

With a batch of songs that didn't quite fit for his band, the Repeating Arms, Harold Hensley set out to make his first solo album.  As the first single from the upcoming Midnight Savings Time was released, Hensley visited the WYSO studios for a live acoustic set on Excursions.

Midnight Savings Time is the forthcoming solo album from Harold Hensley. It will be released on September 28 on CD and vinyl via Magnaphone Records.

Onlookers watch performers on porches in Dayton

Making his WYSO debut, Paul Race and returning guest Alyssa Hanson visited the WYSO studios for a live preview of their 2018 Dayton Porchfest sets live on Excursions with Niki Dakota.

The 2018 Dayton Porchfest is Saturday, August 25 in Dayton's St. Anne's Hill neighborhood.  Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/DaytonPorchfest/

crowds at the Springfield Rotary Gourmet Food Truck Competition
courtesy of Springfield Rotary Club

Ross McGregor, president of the Springfield Rotary Club, returned to the WYSO studios ahead of the group's fifth annual Gourmet Food Truck Competition.  McGregor talked with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about the event, which support Springfied Rotary Club's work locally and internationally.

The 2018 Springfield Rotary Gourmet Food Truck Competition is Saturday, August 18 at Springfield's Veterans Park. Learn more at: springfieldfoodtruck.com

Kim Richey's latest album Edgeland is out now on Yep Roc records.

Kim Richey, who had previously visited the studio for the release of her 2007 Chinese Boxes album, returned to the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions.  She talked with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about her latest album Edgeland, collaborating with other artists, and her Ohio roots.

Anna Moss and Joel Ludford of Handmade Moments

Performing as Handmade Moments, Anna Moss and Joel Ludford visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions ahead of their performance in downtown Dayton.  The duo talked with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about songwriting, their travels and more.

Handmade Moments will peform at Hannah's on Ludlow in downtown Dayton on Saturday, August 11. Learn more at: https://www.handmademomentsmusic.net/

Gina Chavez and her band will open the Levitt Pavillion Dayton on Thursday August 9.
courtesy of the Levitt Pavillion Dayton

Bilingual Latin folk artist Gina Chavez will give the inaugural performance at the newly constructed Levitt Pavillion Dayton.  Chavez and her band visited the WYSO studios for a live performance on Excursions earlier in the day.

Gina Chavez will perform at the Levitt Pavillion Dayton on  Thursday, August 9 at 7p.m. Her new EP, Lightbeam, is available now.

Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band will once again host their Madden Road Micro Music Fest in Mutual, Ohio.

Daniel Dye and The Miller Road Band returned to the WYSO studios ahead of their Madden Road Micro Music Fest, which will feature live music, hiking trails, and various workshops.  The family band performed live on Excursions and talked with WYSO music director Niki Dakota about the event.