Luke Nestler

Program Director & Music Director & DJ

A 38-year resident of the Roaring Fork Valley, a DJ since 1989, on KDNK staff since 2004.

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Express Yourself

Aug 11, 2017
Craig Silberman

Sondie Rieff of the Our Town One Table event about this year's version the day before the eclipse. Aspen author Jill Sheeley about her 12-book-long career in writing, spanning a Christmas book, two cookbooks, 9 children's books, and a young adult novel. And Ed Jurdi of the Band of Heathens talks about their new CD Duende. 

The third author involved in next week's reading at the Carbondale Branch Library, Jill Sheeley, is noted for her series of children's books based on her dog Fraser. She will read from a new book, The Adventures of Kip in Aspen and Snowmass.

Local author Corrie Karnan has a new children's book Secrets of the Fairy Cave set in the famous cave outside of Glenwood Springs. Another local author, Linda L. Flynn, has written a new young adult novel called Dream Glasses: Book 1 of the Rosethorn Series. Both have a reading on Wednesday, August 16 at 6pm at the Carbondale Branch Library, and both appeared on Express Yourself.

Dan Young, a local landscape painter with a three-decade career, talks about his creative process and his place in the art market. His newest show hangs at the Korologos Gallery in Basalt until early September.

Express Yourself

Aug 4, 2017

Katy Marshall about the effort to keep Humpty Dumpty in Carbondale. Linda Flynn and Corrie Karnan talk about their new books, which receive a reading at the Carbondale Branch Library on August 16. And landscape artist Dan Young about his new show at the Korologos Gallery in Basalt and about his 30 year career as a landscape artist.

If the circus came to Frenchman Street, it might find the March Fourth Marching Band. The ensemble marches into this year's Mountain Fair at the very end, on Sunday night at 5:15. Check out this video and then pick your jaw up off the floor. No telling if they're bringing the stilt walkers, but they sure do bring the pizzazz.

Josh Hoyer sings and plays the keys with a lot of feeling. Josh plays the Fair with his band on Saturday night after the Yawpers, making that night the strongest of the Fair musically. Here he speaks with KDNK's Luke Nestler on Express Yourself. This video proves the man and his band are deep.

The song, Savage Blue, courtesy of the KEXP Presents series of videos, introduces Noah Shomberg, the drummer for the wild and crazy Denver band The Yawpers, who play Mountain Fair Saturday evening from 5:15-6:30. Check out the entire KEXP video here.

The band played a couple tunes live on Beyond Beyond before their Mountain Fair gig, Milonga and Rumo au Bosque. We discovered they are working on a new tune called Rumba & Raga. And their new drummer has more tattoos than he can count. Valle Musico plays the Fair on Saturday from 12:30-2pm

Frank Martin, guitar slinger and singer/songwriter has produced a new CD Blue on Blue on Blue. He joins Express Yourself with his producer Dave Taylor, of Cool Brick Studios, to talk about the project and play a couple tunes from the album, Pick Up Your Feet and Leaving Cheyenne. Frank's Trio plays Mountain Fair on Saturday morning at 11. More info at frankmartinmusic.com .

Intuit pays their first visit to the Carbondale Mountain Fair this year on Friday night. A young band based in Boulder, Intuit has an appealing blend of reggae, folk and funk, with a little jam on the side.  Check out a great video here.

You had to be there. And thanks to Philip Hone Williams, you are. Every Mountain Fair starts with the Mother of All Drum Circles. Just a glimpse of this will convince you why participants and spectators are so rabid about the Drum Circle. The 2017 version kicks off at 4pm on July 28th.

Brigitte DeMeyer and Will Kimbrough play three tunes from their new record Mockingbird Soul and talk about their collaboration. And drummer Noah Shomberg of the Denver Band The Yawpers, about their aesthetic, their new CD, and their upcoming Mountain Fair gig.

Yawpers on KDNK

Jul 21, 2017

The song, Savage Blue, courtesy of KEXP Live series of videos, introduces Noah Shomberg, the drummer for the wild and crazy Denver band The Yawpers,  who play Mountain Fair next weekend on Saturday night.

Brigitte DeMeyer and Will Kimbrough visited Express Yourself before their gig at Steve's Guitars to talk about their new CD Mockingbird Soul, trusting each other on stage, and their songwriting process. They also played three tunes from the CD, Little Easy, October Song and Mockingbird Soul. 

Express Yourself

Jul 14, 2017

Helen Kline, the organizer of the first Marble Author's Fair, along with two of the local authors involved, Charlotte Graham and Nicole Beinstein. And Josh Hoyer, who headlines this year's Saturday night at Mountain Fair, about his band.

Express Yourself

Jul 7, 2017

Two songs from the up and coming jam band Dangermuffin, along with a conversation with lead singer of that band, Dan Lotti. And the Cowboy Corral serenades us with some golden Western songs.

Two songs from Dangermuffin's new CD, Heritage, Ol' Fidel and Waves. And a conversation with lead singer and rhythm guitarist Dan Lotti.

Cowboy Corral on KDNK

Jul 7, 2017

Cowboy Corral is a local ensemble of men and women singing those great old Western songs. They stopped by Express Yourself before their wanderings around town during First Friday festivities and sang a medley of hits, a tribute to Cowboy Randy and KDNK and even did a little yodeling. We hope we can rope them into returning to KDNK's airwaves.

Express Yourself

Jun 30, 2017

Alya Howe, curator of Writ Large, with two of the storytellers involved in the current iteration at True Nature on Saturday night, Genevieve Villamizar and Patrick Curry. Then Sloan Shoemaker and Justin Patrick of Wilderness Workshop about this weekend's Wildfest. The local Americana band Callin' Old Souls, comprising William Steindler, Kenna Crampton and Cody Lee, play two original tunes, Uncle Ray and The Devil and the Mare. Callin' Old Souls play the Nugget on July 5.

Tribute to DJ Phathead

Jun 23, 2017
Photo by Mark Burrows

A tribute from KDNK Local News, a heartfelt on-air obituary from Express Yourself host Luke Nestler, and archival mic breaks of the Master in action.

Express Yourself

Jun 23, 2017
Photo by Mark Burrows

Emma Bielski of the Marble Hub about informing visitors to Marble how it works there with tourism. Cody Lee, Gavin Dahl and Luke Nestler in the first Music Meeting, spotlighting the Secret Sisters, the Como Mamas and Cualli. And a heartfelt tribute to dearly departed DJ Phathead.

Express Yourself

Jun 16, 2017

Alya Howe, Sarah Graf and Stefano Da Fre about the first Salon at the Launchpad on Saturday night. Chris Bank about this summer's Glenwood Summer of Music Concert Series. And Sue Lavin, Jennifer Johnson and Will Bledsoe about the new Thunder River Theatre production.

Sue Lavin, the director, along with Jennifer Johnson and Will Bledsoe, two of the actors, in Thunder River Theatre's new production of The Memory of Water, by Shelagh Stevenson. Tonight is opening night of The Memory of Water, with seven more performances scheduled over these next three weeks. Tickets and information here.

The Outer Vibe

Jun 9, 2017

How and why the Outer Vibe's cinematic surf disco has survived for 16 years. The band also talks about their recent move to Nashville. The Outer Vibe play Steve's Guitars on Saturday night at 8:30.

Express Yourself

Jun 9, 2017

Marc Berger dropped in with his musical buddy Lester Price to play a tune and talk about his new project before his free show at the Basalt Library. Glen Smith, of the Basalt Public Arts Commission, about the new public art initiative in Basalt, which receives its debut in Basalt on Saturday. And the Outer Vibe talks about their recent move to Nashville and their cinematic surf disco music.

Deb Jones and Laurie Doctor about their art in the new Carbondale Arts exhibition. And the organizers of the benefit gala in Glenwood Springs next week  in support of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts.

Sandy Haber, Brad Vierheller, Paul Valentine and Doug Whitney joined Express Yourself to talk about the gala benefit next week at Glenwood Vaudeville benefitting the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts.

Artist Laurie Doctor

Jun 2, 2017

Laurie Doctor proves to be articulate not only about her art, but about how and why that art is an expression of soul. Laurie partnered with Deb Jones to participate in the new Carbondale Arts exhibit which opens tonight at the Launchpad with a reception at 6pm.

Artist Deb Jones

Jun 2, 2017

Deb Jones, founder of The Wyly Community Arts Center and artist in the Roaring Fork Valley since the 1970s, about her participation in the new Carbondale Arts exhibit, Correspondence, which opens with a reception tonight, and about her art, her process, and her current project.

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