Express Yourself

FRIDAYS 4:00 to 5:00 PM

Carbondale and the Roaring Fork Valley are full of creative artists expressing themselves. And there is no shortage of nationally renowned touring acts visiting the many venues here. It all adds up to a crowded entertainment scene. KDNK's Express Yourself program highlights the many cultural offerings available to us. This is the program to listen to if you're curious about the latest theatre production in the local schools or the latest and greatest nationally touring band to visit a local stage. Live music, in-depth interviews and the occasional giggle. Express Yourself is enlightening, entertaining and informative. 4:00 on Friday afternoons.

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Niceness, a group that describes itself as “”positively grounded Rocky Mountain roots reggae” integrates elements of soul, funk, latin, and hip-hop. KDNK presented Niceness at The Temporary on July 13. Bonte Lane aka Pam Rosenthal is guiding a playful sound exploration workshop on July 17, 31, and August 14 at the Third Street Center at 7pm.

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.

Hawk Newsome is the president of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York and the Reverend Dr. Gerald Durley marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Both attended ARE Day 2018 in Snowmass. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh sat with them over a lunch break as they talked about the Movement and issues facing people of color in the United States.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Les Sylphides by Bonedale Ballet, photographing Spirit Bears in British Columbia with Sandy Kaplan, and some sweet acoustic music from local band Feeding Giants.

Chloe Benjamin about her new bestseller, and Kim Nuzzo about portraying an American icon.

Jeffrey Foucault, Myrlin Hepworth and Logan Phillips all do what they do best.

Lisa Singer and Doug Graybeal talk about their painting. And Brandon McDuffey, along wtih Ian Morrison, talk about their new short film, Silverline Valentine.

Jessica Brandi Lifland

Red Hot Patriot: The Kickass Wit of Molly Ivins, a one-woman play, visited the Temporary for a two-night stand. The director Richard Pegg and the star of the show, Rhonda Brown, talk about the fearless journalist and commentator. Then we hear about the fascinating process of Benjamin Timpson's art. And cowboy poet Vess Quinlan talks about the origins of cowboy poetry and some of his experiences at The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

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.

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.

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.

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