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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The Guest House

KDNK's Terry Glasenapp spoke with noted guitarist Johannes Linstead. And KDNK's Luke Nestler had some fun with local firebrand ladies Olivia Pevec and Lindsay Gurley.

Prayer for Rain

Jul 6, 2018
Smithsonian Magazine

The most beautiful sound in the world, some original poetry by KDNK's Luke Nestler and a very beautiful song by Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Natalie Merchant.

Weather Sounds Ambient Mixture

The most beautiful sound in the world during a drought, courtesy of Stardust Vibes-Relaxing Sounds.

The Guest House

Two firebrand local women, Olivia Pevec and Lindsay Gurley, collaborate on a workshop for women called St. Brigid's Fire: A Women's Blacksmithing, Embodiment and Empowerment, which links yoga and blacksmithing. Here they talk about that and about channeling your inner force in a productive manner.

Here are the words we celebrate today.

Brownout

 


Beto Martinez, founding member and guitarist for the Austin-based Latin Funk band Brownout, spoke with KDNK's Luke Nestler. Brownout performed "Fear of a Brown Planet," a psychedelic reworking of Public Enemy’s "Fear of a Black Planet," at Belly Up.

Lipbone Redding

Jun 27, 2018

Lipbone Redding started his mutual love affair with KDNK in 2007 and has renewed it many times over the years. This time he visited Beyond Beyond and talked about his new digi-only release and played three new tunes from it, Return of the Beautiful, Ready Set Go, and Living in a Caravan. No lips were boned this time, but there was some pretty and intimate songwriting and singing.

This show features two gems from South Africa, Hugh Masekela from a 1994 Glenwood Summer of Jazz concert, and Vusi Mahlasela from a 2011 appearance on Express Yourself where he played a song that sounded like a prayer, and explained all about Ubuntu, Africa's great gift to the world.

Roaring Fork Aikikai celebrates its first anniversary. The owner of that business, Mike Jones, talks about what aikido is and what its practice looks like. Then we reprise one of the best segments of the year. Meta Sarmiento, a slam poet from Guam, explains his art and reads some very emotional poems. 

Mike Jones, co-founder of Roaring Fork Aikikai, describes what aikido is, and what its practice looks like.

There's no shortage of girl/boy duos in roots music. It might even be a genre. Mandolin Orange is one of the better ones. They wowed a full house at Steve's Guitars on February 17, 2016. Thanks to Steve Standiford and Grassroots TV for allowing us to broadcast the audio of live music from Steve's Guitars.

Two accomplished painters talked about their art and their creative process on previous shows in the past year.

Hot Buttered Rum is one of the tighter bluegrass bands around. This is their debut performance at Steve's Guitars on March 2, 2016. Big thanks to our partners Steve Standiford and Grassroots Community TV for making this audio available to KDNK.

Walter Gallacher Photo

Hot on the heels of a new documentary about George Stranahan, here is an inspiring chat we had back in 2013 upon the publication of his book "The Predicament of Innocents." And then Miss Tess and the Talkbacks play three songs live in-studio before their gig at Steve's Guitars. They played a couple older tunes, Little Lola and Moonshiner sandwiched a new tune The Moon Is an Ashtray.

Three Artists

May 11, 2018

Photorealism by Elizabeth Riecks. Mandalas, of a sort, by Dick Carter. And works on paper by sculptor Nancy Lovendah, produced after her trip to China.

The Infamous Stringdusters closed out the 2012 Mountain Fair, which KDNK broadcast live. The band is so tight here, and they trade off leads seamlessly, like a jazz band. Some people think this might be the single best performance ever at a Mountain Fair, and there have been close to fifty Mountain Fairs! Here is most of their set.

Surkhaab

May 3, 2018

The Venerable Gyalten Samten stars in a film that explores the themes of illegal immigration and women's empowerment called Surkhaab. A former Bollywood actress turned Buddhist nun, she appeared on Beyond Beyond to talk about her film and its screening at the Crystal Theater. John Bruna, of the Way of Compassion Foundation, describes the Compassion Festival coming to Carbondale in August, which benefits from the screening of Surkhaab tonight.

Shook Twins In-Studio

Apr 21, 2018

The Shook Twins dropped by to play a new tune and an oldie but goodie before their gig at the Temporary. We started things off with their new single, which they dropped a month ago, called Stay Wild. And then they played a new tune live called What Is Blue, followed by the oldie, Window. We ended things with a favorite from their 2014 CD What We Do, Shake.

Four engaging Aussies talk about their new film, The Bikes of Wrath, which received its world premiere at the 5Point Film Festival. And Seattle's best country band, Western Centuries, plays in the studio before their gig at Steve's Guitars.

Megan McKee, program director for 5Point Film about their upcoming festival. And Zoe Rabinowitz of Palestine's Yaa Samar Dance Theatre.

Four young Aussies talk about their film The Bikes of Wrath. And Western Centuries plays some sweet country music before their gig at Steve's.

Western Centuries

Apr 20, 2018

Western Centuries joined Express Yourself before their gig at Steve's Guitars and played three songs from their brand new CD Songs From the Deluge: Borrowed Time, Warm Guns and Wild You Run.

The Bikes of Wrath

Apr 20, 2018

The young Aussies of the new film The Bikes of Wrath visit Express Yourself to talk about what they found on Route 66 following the ghost of Tom Joad. 

Happy Birthday KDNK

Apr 13, 2018

An edited version of former KDNK staffer Missy Bowen's 10th Birthday Retrospective. Lots of great reminiscences here, including the very first moments of KDNK's on-air life. Be sure to click thru the headline to find two more archival audio pieces.

I pledge allegiance to KDNK, and to the community for which it plays. One station under us, indivisible, with liberty, justice and joy for all.

Zoe Rabinowitz, Associate Artistic Director of the Yaa Samar Dance Theatre, based in Palestine, talks about her company's unique artistry and the challenges of producing dance in the West Bank, and her company's residency in Carbondale with Dance Initiative.

5Point Film Festival

Apr 13, 2018

5Point Film's Program Director Meredith McKee appeared on Express Yourself to talk about this year's 5Point Film Festival. Next week's version is the eleventh.

5Point Film Festival with Meredith McKee. Yaa Samar Dance Theatre, from Palestine, with Zoe Rabinowitz. And achival clips from the KDNK archives to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of our birth. 

Kathy and Mitch Alcala, Karin Mari and Josh Rogan talk about a benefit on Saturday night for local six-year-old Colton Farrell at the Third Street Center.

Italian writer and director Andrea Brusa talks about his short film The Magic Alps, part of this year's Aspen Shortsfest programs.

Writer, director and co-star of the short film The Climb, Michael Covino, talks about his short film which receives its local premiere at this year's Aspen Shortsfest.

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