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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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.

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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.

A local six-year old fighting cancer will benefit from Roaring Fork Valley friends and neighbors coming together at the Third Street Center. Two Shortsfest filmmakers, Dom Burgess and Andrea Brusa, talk about their films. And we'll hear from the cast of the Sopris Theatre Company's new production of Cabaret. Life is a Cabaret on KDNK!

Local storytelling from four Writ Large participants, Cindy Hirschfeld, Kate Howe, Nicole Haag and Alya Howe; AspenFilm's Regna Jones about this year's Shortsfest; and a re-broadcast of Frank Martin, along with his producer Dave Taylor, from a year ago about Frank's new CD Blue on Blue on Blue.

Alya Howe curates the Writ Large storytelling series in the Roaring Fork Valley. She brought in Kate Howe, Cindy Hirschfeld and Nicole Haag to Express Yourself to talk about the power of storytelling. 

Sandy Kaplan has a million stories about her time as a photographer and we hear a few of them here. And then best-selling Wyoming author CJ Box talks about his newest Joe Pickett novel, The Disappeared.

Disappeared by CJ Box

Mar 23, 2018

Wyoming author CJ Box has published 17 Joe Pickett novels since 2001. With very sympathetic characters, taut plots, plausible villains and lucid descriptions of his native state, each book has outsold any previous one, adding up to more than 10 million altogether. Mr. Box has a new Joe Pickett novel to be released next week called The Disappeared. I spoke with CJ Box as his hype machine revved into gear.

Impressive theatre from local teens via the Voices organization and one of their artist mentors, Shere Coleman. And impressive acoustic music from the Provo, Utah band Grizzly Goat. Talented people expressing themselves on KDNK.

Students from Basalt and Roaring Fork High Schools have been working with professional artist mentors to create two original 30-minute shows of spoken word, songs, poetry, puppetry, dance and mime. The show plays three times at Thunder River Theatre this weekend. 

Shere Coleman, one of those professional artist mentors, visited Express Yourself to talk about her art and also the show at Thunder River Theatre.

Grizzly Goat In-Studio

Mar 16, 2018

Grizzly Goat visited Express Yourself before two local gigs, at Glenwood Brew Garden and Steve's Guitars, and blew us all away with their music. Their melodies are memorable, they definitely have an easy and precise way with a lyric, their harmonies are super-tight, and they are all multi-instrumentalists--their musicianship is superb. They played Gentle Wild Spaces, Colorado and Little Jackie. Colorado was the highlight of the week for this reviewer. Look for them to return in August and also search out their new album Burning the Prairie.

Savanna LaBauve and Stephanie Seguin are this year's Resident Artists at the Carbondale Clay Center. They talked about their sculptural ceramics and their creative process. We also heard from the The Two Tracks out of Sheridan, WY about their brand of folk-rock. And Hamilton Pevec reveals a little of the mystique surrounding the Green Is the New Black Fashion Show. This year's version is the 10th.

Stephanie Seguin and Savanna LaBauve are this year's Artists in Residence at the Carbondale Clay Center. They joined Express Yourself to talk about their sculptural ceramic art and their artistic process. They also described what exactly their residencies entail.

Ira Sherman

Jeweler and metal sculptor Ira Sherman has created kinetic sculpture originally designed to protect the wearer from unwanted sexual advances. Now it's a whimsical hit at the Green Is the New Black Fashion Show. In fact, last year Ira won Best in Show with his work. This year he has a new look and he visited Beyond Beyond to tell us about it.

Thunder River Theatre's Corey Simpson, who directs the new production of The Price and Owen O'Farrell and Bob Moore, two of its actors, about one of Arthur Miller's more obscure plays. And Jackson Emmer talks about his accomplished new CD Jukebox. He plays the title track live in the studio, and also Dreamers and Fools.

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