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.

Ways to Connect

In which we learn, again, that Justice Snow's in Aspen is a KDNK kind of place, that Sam Bush is a damn good storyteller, and that womanhood is the revenge for girlhood. Just another Express Yourself here on KDNK.

Three Slam Poets

Feb 17, 2017
Toluwanimi Obiwole

Toluwanimi Obiwole, Mercedez Holtry and Myrlin Hepworth visited Ape on the Dink to talk about the Youth Poetry Slam  tonight at the Third Street Center. FAIR WARNING: Toluwanimi's poem will make you cry.

Sam Bush

Feb 17, 2017
Taking Off

One of the mandolin masters of our time plays two shows next week in our area, one at the BellyUp in Aspen and one at the Ute Theatre in Rifle. KDNK's Bob Schultz caught up with Sam to talk about his new CD, Storyman, on Sugar Hill Records.

All five artists proved themselves articulate about their artistic process. Chris Hassig, Sarah Uhl, Sue and Katelyn Krehbiel, Kip Hubbard and Kaylie Finnis all found the spotlight on Express Yourself after the 37th Valley Visual Arts Show opened at the Launchpad. 

Aspen Grove by Kaylie Finnis

Today's Express Yourself was mostly about the exciting news from Carbondale Arts courtesy of Amy Kimberly, executive director. Fashion show, Rio Grande Artway, Rosybelle and more. Acrylics artist Kaylie Finnis talks about her art and her process. And Sylvia Wendrow of Spellbinders tells a few love tales in honor of Valentine's Day.

"Spectacle" by Kip Hubbard

Kip, Katelyn and Sue are all in the current Valley Visual Art Show, which hangs until Feb. 17. Here they talk about their art and how it has an important meditative aspect. And Josh Behrman of Mountain Groove Productions about the Concert for Stewy at the Wheeler Opera House. All of that any maybe more at four every Friday afternoon on Express Yourself. 

Chris Hassig and Sarah Uhl are local artists showing in the Valley Visual Arts Show which hangs at the Launchpad until February 17. They visited Express Yourself to talk about their pieces in the show, their creative processes, and their artistic futures. And Peter Gilbert of Dance Initiative describes the newest DI residency next week involving  the New York dancer Christiana Axelsen. 

New Orleanian Seth Walker has an assured new release featuring his family called Gotta Get Back. Luke spoke to him on Express Yourself. They decided Seth needs some wingtip galoshes and that music can cure what ails ya.

Coming to the Hotel Colorado on Saturday, January 21

This week's Express Yourself features a snowshoe race, a womens' documentary film festival, and a swinging bluesman visiting Steve's Guitars tomorrow.

  

John McEuen live at KDNK

John McEuen dropped by the Wholly Bozos show on KDNK with his musical buddy Matt Cartsonis. They brought some nitty and some gritty along with great big smiles, not to mention a beautiful guitar. John played a couple tunes live and told a few stories about Aspen in the early 70s, his new CD Made in Brooklyn, and about his show at the Wheeler commemorating the Will The Circle Be Unbroken sessions. John McEuen and community radio go together like banjo and that high lonesome sound.  Come back soon, John!

The Nashville Americana duo, Fort Defiance, before their Sunday gig at Marble Distillery. Consensual Improv before their Saturday night show at Thunder River Theatre, and local trio Pearl & Wood before their Steve's Guitars gig tonight.

Matt Eames with some of his work

This Express Yourself is all about ceramics. One artist, Matthew Eames, produces sculptural  work for large installations. The other, Frank McGuirk, produces functional work. Both are associated with the Carbondale Clay Center, and both extol the virtues of that bedrock Carbondale arts organization.

Jake, the Janerator, and Luke wrap up a disappointing Broncos season with the last Bronco Babble for some time. It wasn't just football today. There was some geezer babble too. Doctor Dandelion called in and we also heard from Little Willie, who was stuck in a ditch.  Everyone liked the idea of Dallas versus the Chiefs in the Super Bowl, cuz then it would be the Cowboys against the Indians. And in the year of Standing Rock, you gotta go with the Indians, dontcha? And why don't Native Americans complain about the Chiefs? Listen here to find out.

Frank and Fumiko

Frank McGuirk and Fumiko Nagai open a new month-long exhibition at the Carbondale Clay Center on First Friday. Here he talks about his own creative process and shares insights about pottery.

Photo courtesy of The Aspen View

Sylvia Wendrow, of Spellbinders, talks about her amazing organization and tells six holiday stories.

Sylvia Wendrow, of Spellbinders, talks about her organization and the art of story telling. And she tells six holiday stories.  

Bronco Babble

Dec 23, 2016

This was a good one,  with calls from Enrique and Pepe and Big Al the Gal's Pal. And even some poor woman looking for her Shelty. And free drywall from an accident on Highway 82. There might even be a football insight or two in there somewhere.

Ricky McKinnie of the Blind Boys of Alabama. And Will Evans, Carbondale elder and Water Protector about his recent visit to Standing Rock.

Ricky McKinnie, a 30-year member of the Blind Boys of Alabama, is a second tenor in the group, and while his wisdom might be aphoristic, it is nonetheless heart-felt, just as his group of gospel singers is, which is what you'd expect from a gospel group that has been singing for 80 years.  KDNK's Luke Nestler spoke with Ricky on the eve of his four-date Colorado tour, which includes a stop at the Wheeler Opera House on Friday, December 16th.

Photo courtesy of The Aspen Times

Kent Reed of the Hudson Reed Ensemble about their new radio play based on It's a Wonderful Life. The Director and two actors of Thunder River Theatre's new production, which opens tonight. And Matt Haslett about a suicide prevention session this Sunday at CMC Lappala Center in Carbondale.

Mike Monroney, the director, along with Wendy Perkins and Chip Winn Wells, two of the three leads, of the Thunder River Theatre's new production of The Last Romance.

Sensitive New Age Guy

A quick preview of KDNK's Labor of Love auction with Auction Co-ordinator Bodhi Stanberry. Newly published author Erik Storey about his crime thriller Nothing Short of Dying. Folksinger Christine Lavin about Donald Trump, sensitive New Age Guys, knitting and folding napkins.

Erik Storey visited KDNK to talk about how he got his debut novel published. The book is "Nothing Short of Dying." It's a crime thriller set in Grand Junction, Rifle and Leadville. Maybe because he's a country boy, his head is not all swole up from his newfound success.

Christine Lavin still has a sensa yuma. And she knows how to fold a napkin!

Two young thespians, Ellie Urfraig and Cole Kokish, along with their director, Jennifer Johnson, talk to KDNK's Luke Nestler about the Sol Theatre holiday show, ELF.

Josh Behrman of Mountain Groove Productions about some upcoming shows at the Wheeler, including a celebration of Will the Circle Be Unbroken with John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. KDNK's Raleigh Burley talks with the new director of the Glenwood Springs Historical Society. And Luke talks with Rhiannon Giddons of the Carolina Chocolate Drops..

We talk with four of the participants in the Stand Up for Standing Rock event at the Third Street Center on Friday, November 18. Tara Sheahan, organizer, Lance King, Charlie King, and Mato Nanji of the band Indigenous.

Half of the new comedy improv troupe at the Thunder River Theatre--Jeff Patterson, Jan Garrett, Miller Ford and Gerald DeLisser--talk about the art of improvisation and how it contains life lessons useful for anybody.

Consensual Improv

Nov 18, 2016

The director of Thunder River Theatre's new Improv group, Consensual Improv, Jeff Patterson, along with 3 of the other 8 members, Jan Garrett, Miller Ford, and Gerald DeLisser, about the art of improvisation and how it carries life lessons for anyone paying attention.

Today's show features Sarah Pletts, Aspen-based dancer, painter and playwright. We also hear from the Wilderness Workshop's Development Director Rebecca Mirsky about the Wild Feast, a benefit dinner next Wednesday at Justice Snow's in Aspen. And local dancer and choreographer Alya Howe explains her new piece, HEaRD, which receives its premiere tonight at the Launchpad and then plays again tomorrow night, November 12.

Local dancers producing local work. Carbondale's Alya Howe has choreographed an original piece inspired by the movements of a herd, and the implications of a herd mentality. She spoke to KDNK's Luke Nestler on Express Yourself. The show debuts tonight at 7:30 at the Launchpad and also plays tomorrow night. 

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