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Sharon Lane Spearheads Tom Waits Musical Celebration

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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.

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Born a Hoosier, but only living there in spurts, Niki Dakota spent much of her young life moving around the United States with her archeologist mother. Throughout these years, there was always a ukulele somewhere close at hand. By the time the family settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, Ms. Dakota found herself in pursuit of professional music-making as she headed-up the Alterna-Folk band, Plow On Boy. In the course of her first live radio interview to promote the band, Niki’s keen excitedness manifest itself in extreme chattiness. At the conclusion of the segment, the DJ closed the mic and said, “You need to be in radio."  That was in 1990.