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

Two vastly different approaches to verse from Basque New Person David Romtvedt and Filipino Slam Poet from Guam Meta Sarmiento. They have some surprising commonalities, however, as we discover on Express Yourself.

Poetry from Wyoming and from Guam, courtesy of David Romtvedt and Meta Sarmiento. Two vastly different approaches to verse but with some surprising commonalities.

Decades ago, David Romtvedt was fortunate to have married into a longtime Wyoming Basque ranching family. Since then David has embraced the rich Basque culture. He has learned the language, the music, and the ranching traditions of the Basques while also producing poems, essays and novels. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Wyoming and he served as that state's Poet Laureate from 2003-2011. David joined Express Yourself before he heads over to Elko, Nevada for the 34th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, where he will perform with his daughter Caitlin.

Meta Sarmiento is a Filipino poet and rapper from Guam. He is a National Poetry Slam semifinalist with Slam Nuba from Denver, a TEDx speaker and winner of the Spoken Word for the World 2015 where he was flown to Paris to perform during the UN Climate Negotiations. He is a born teacher and an old soul, and he is capable of motivating ghetto kids and old hippies alike. Meta appeared on Express Yourself to tell us how he does it.

We hear all about the first Salon of the New Year from four participants, the Rassle the Castle race in Redstone and the 34th annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada.

The curator of the Salon series Alya Howe is joined by trumpeter Tim Fox, dancer Io, and USA Tango Champion Sean Ericson to describe the year's first Salon at the Launchpad.

Darcy Minter, Communications Director for the Western Folklife Center, talks about the 34th annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko Nevada at the end of January. 

Poet and collagist DJ Hill, recently arrived from Minnesota, reads two of her poems, Drive-By Shoesand Haikus and After. She also describes her collage art. Then two talented guitarists, John Hatanaka and John Stuckey, play two original tunes Daisy and Naraja.

Pearl & Wood

Jan 5, 2018

We hear a newer tune by Pearl & Wood, Petal Dress, and a couple tunes from their 2016 Mountain Fair performance, Shortnin' Bread and All About the Bass. Cellist Ellie Barber and Drummer Mark Zoller update us on recent news with one of Carbondale's favorite bands, including the imminent arrival of a new EP.

Poet and collagist DJ Hill, recently arrived from Minnesota, reads two of her poems, Drive-By Shoes and Haikus and After. She also describes her collage art. Then two talented guitarists, John Hatanaka and John Stuckey, play two original tunes Daisy and Naraja. All three artists are involved in a First Friday event at the Roadside Gallery. 

We hear a newer tune by Pearl & Wood, Petal Dress,and a couple tunes from their 2016 Mountain Fair performance, Shortnin' Bread and All About the Bass. Cellist Ellie Barber and Drummer Mark Zoller update us on recent news with one of Carbondale's favorite bands, including the imminent arrival of a new EP.

Author, singer/songwriter and architect Heather Hoeksema describes the Singular Butterfly and she talks about tuning her guitar to 432 Hz.

Grand Junction psychobilly band The Tankerays dropped by Express Yourself to show off their new CD Aztec Death Whistle. We played a couple tunes from the CD and they talked about making the music and about their New Year's Eve gig at Carbondale Beer Works.

Author, Singer-Songwriter  and architect Heather Hoeksema describes the Singular Butterfly plays a couple original tunes before her reading at Explore Booksellers next week.

A Painter & a Picker

Dec 22, 2017
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KDNK's Claire de L'Arbre spoke with painter Terry Gardner about his creative process. Terry is featured at the Holiday Show at Korologos Gallery in Basalt. And KDNK's Terry Glasenapp with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founding member John McEuen last winter about his new album and the Will the Circle Be Unbroken sessions. John brings his show to the Ute Theater next week.

Master Printmaker Leon Loughridge, and Master Bluesman Otis Taylor expressed themselves.

Otis Taylor has created an entirely original genre of blues called Trance Blues. Here he talks about that and his new CD, Fantasizing About Being Black.

Still soaking up the victory vibe from the Jets game, Jane and Luke predict more good things to come against the Colts. The Colts are out of Luck, and the Broncos win twice in one week.

Jason Segal describes the proposed Peach Valley River Park. And a SoL Theatre troupe troops in to talk about their Holiday Show, A Christmas Story.

SOL Theatre's Holiday Show this year is A Christmas Story. The director Dani Grace Kopf, the producer Jennifer Johnson, and two of the young stars, Kate Kelleher and Kai Holcombe, join Express Yourself to talk about the iconic movie and its adaptation to a local stage.

Jason Segal, one of the principals in the group that wants to create the Peach Valley River Park halfway between New Castle and Silt, describing his proposed project. Locals are invited to an Open House at the New Castle Community Center on Thursday, December 14 from 4-7pm.

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With Sarah sitting on a beach in Mexico, Jane and Luke put the bar all the way on the ground on this week's Bronco Babble. One of the Babble Rabble, Craig from Rifle, had a priceless moment stepping over that low bar about half way though the show.


Sarah coins a term, the Babble Rabble responds with lots of calls, Jane tries to sing, and Luke giggles a lot. And Pepe thinks the Dolphins will win 3-0 this Sunday! The consensus was that Paxton was a man's man for crying on the sideline during the Raiders game.

Mike Monroney is the director of Thunder River Theatre's new production of Nick Payne's complicated play Constellations. Here he talks on Express Yourself about the multiverse, love and honey, and why he is staging this play in the round.

Five delightful young women joined Express Yourself to talk about Sopris Theatre Company's new production of Uncommon Women and Others. Joanna Caldwell, Susie Brady, Hadley Hebert, Ciara Morrison and Christina Katelli talk about Wendy Wasserstein's first play, written in the 1970s, about women in her generation living with the complicated promise of the second wave of feminists.

Bridget Law, founding member and fiddler for Elephant Revival, talks about her life without Elephant Revival, including her new band with her husband called The Tierro Band with Bridget Law. 

Music Meeting 6, featuring new music from La Misa Negra, Noga Erez and Kan Wakan. And Bridget Law, former founding member of Elephant Revival, about her new project with her husband, the trance jam quartet Tierro Band with Bridget Law. 

Music Meeting 6

Nov 24, 2017

Cody brings the sophomore release from La Misa Negra. Gavin highlights Noga Erez. And Luke offers Kan Wakan. From Oakland to Israel to LA via the Balkans and Sun Valley.

Sarah, Jane and Luke decide that the Broncos, to arrest their perilous slide toward Suckdom, have to think outside the box--that they need to psych out their opponents. Tutus, Von Miller doing a strip tease at the 50 yard line, and stinky jerseys were some of the options discussed. 

Eden Vardy of the Aspen T.R.E.E. organization about the free Farm to Table Community Meal at the Hotel Jerome. Alya Howe, Samuel Bernal Urbina, and Bill Kight about the next two Writ Large events, one at the Temporary and one at the Wheeler. And singer/songwriter White Buffalo about his new CD, Darkest Darks, Lightest Lights.

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