Live Music on KDNK

Sometimes KDNK's listeners are graced by the presence of musicians performing live on the air from the studios of KDNK.

KDNK also broadcasts concerts from the Carbondale Mountain Fair and the CCAH Summer of Music series.

We love connecting the live music community in the Roaring Fork Valley. It's what we do. What you hear on this page is tangible proof of that.

Enjoy.
Elephant Revival- Cosmic Pulse (Carbondale Mountain Fair 7.29.11)

Elephant Revival- Cosmic Pulse (Carbondale Mountain Fair 7.29.11)

Elephant Revival, the up and coming transcendental folk band from Nederland, at their first Mountain Fair.

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The Elders- Moore Street Girls (KDNK In-Studio 7.14.9)

The Elders- Moore Street Girls (KDNK In-Studio 7.14.9)

The Elders- The boys whoop and holler in KDNK’s studio, and left us all grinning our appreciation and feeling like a tornado of blarney swept through.

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Farewell Drifters- You Were There (KDNK In-Studio 8.5.11)

Farewell Drifters- You Were There (KDNK In-Studio 8.5.11)

This young band visits Express Yourself and shows us all why they are on their way up. Their enthusiasm matches their chops. We’re glad we caught them before they get too huge to visit KDNK.

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Farewell Drifters- Heart of a Slave (KDNK In-Studio 8.5.11)

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Infamous Stringdusters- Deep Elem Blues (Carbondale Summer of Music 7.12.9)

Infamous Stringdusters- Deep Elem Blues (Carbondale Summer of Music 7.12.9)

The Infamous Stringdusters burned up the stage at Sopris Park. Tight, almost jazzy, in trading off their solos. They nail this traditional tune.
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Band of Heathens- Right Here With Me (KDNK In-Studio 1.8.10)

Band of Heathens- Right Here With Me (KDNK In-Studio 1.8.10)

Band of Heathens have now played Carbondale at least eight or ten times. They ain’t dumb. They’ve always gotten what KDNK is all about, and so we always welcome their return to our studios.
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Hayes Carll- KMAG YOYO (KDNK In-Studio 6.23.11)

Hayes Carll- KMAG YOYO (KDNK In-Studio 6.23.11)

Hayes Carll gave us a great acoustic version of the title track to his new CD. Tall, poetic and polite, he visited the studio before his PAC3 show.

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James McMurtry- Choctaw Bingo (KDNK In-Studio 7.12.11)

James McMurtry- Choctaw Bingo (KDNK In-Studio 7.12.11)

James McMurtry played one of his signature tunes with his 12-string. His picking was precise and memorable, and because it was solo acoustic, you could actually hear all the words and it was easy to realize he’s a true, and funny, poet.

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Bobby Mason- Find My Way Back Home (KDNK In-Studio 1.8.10)

Bobby Mason- Find My Way Back Home (KDNK In-Studio 1.8.10)

Bobby Mason does not lack soul. The longtime local rock n roller lays it all on the line with this heartfelt original during his visit to the Shimmy Shack.

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Johnny O Band- Just the Blues (KDNK Blues & Barbecue 8.22.9)

Johnny O Band- Just the Blues (KDNK Blues & Barbecue 8.22.9)

Consensus opinion holds that Johnny O’s 2009 KDNK Blues and Barbecue gig was the best in its ten-year history. This cut shows why. This hometown hero wails and nails it.

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Euforquestra- Unknown (Carbondale Summer of Music 7.4.10)

Euforquestra- Unknown (Carbondale Summer of Music 7.4.10)

Euforquestra is the best Colorado band out there, and their Fourth of July performance shows why. Maybe they didn't salute the flag from the stage, but they certainly saluted all their many influences on this long jammy track.

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Kyle Hollingsworth Band- Rosie (Carbondale Mountain Fair 7.31.11)

Kyle Hollingsworth Band- Rosie (Carbondale Mountain Fair 7.31.11)

Kyle and his band funked it up and made it shine during this year’s Mountain Fair closeout show.

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DJ Phathead and Izm White- Freestylin' (KDNK In-Studio 11.28.10)

DJ Phathead and Izm White, both KDNK DJs, freestyled their way into KDNK lore.

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Riley Skinner- Catholic Song (Carbondale Mountain Fair 7.30.11)

Riley Skinner, one of the two most talented young musicians the Roaring Fork Valley has recently produced, takes the Mountain Fair stage as the winner of the Singer/Songwriter competition in this year’s Fair, which KDNK broadcast.

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Lake Street Dive- My Heart's in It's Right Place (KDNK In-Studio 7.20.11)

Lake Street Dive- My Heart's in It's Right Place (KDNK In-Studio 7.20.11)

Easygoing speakeasy jazz from the Boston-area band, Lake Street Dive. They got that swing, and that meant everything to KDNK listeners that day.

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Walt Smith- I See What I Choose (KDNK House Concert 6.30.09)

Walt Smith- I See What I Choose (KDNK House Concert 6.30.09)

Pianist Walt Smith holds a permanent place in the history of Roaring Fork Valley music. He plays this original tune during a house concert broadcast on KDNK’s Swing Swing Swing show.

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Subdudes- All the Time in the World (KDNK 25th Birthday Concert 4.11.08)

Subdudes- All the Time in the World (KDNK 25th Birthday Concert 4.11.08)

The Subdudes are another band that really gets community radio. They played this signature tune during KDNK’s 25th Birthday Party broadcast from the Carbondale Rec Center.

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Infamous Stringdusters- High on a Mountain Top (Carbondale Mountain Fair 7.29.12)

Infamous Stringdusters- High on a Mountain Top (Carbondale Mountain Fair 7.29.12)

Infamous Stringdusters, no strangers to Mountain Fair, and no strangers to the Best of Live on KDNK series, here performing a tune before the passage of Amendment 64.

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Blue Canyon Boys- Before You Go (KDNK In-Studio 6.30.12)

Blue Canyon Boys- Before You Go (KDNK In-Studio 6.30.12)

Showing off their harmonies on Nina’s Smokin’ Grass show.

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Tim O'Brien & Casey Driessen (KDNK In-Studio 8.3.12)

Tim O'Brien & Casey Driessen (KDNK In-Studio 8.3.12)

These two duetted on Express Yourself before their gig at Steve’s.

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Haunted Windchimes- Pick a Bale of Cotton (Carbondale Summer of Music 7.8.12)

Haunted Windchimes- Pick a Bale of Cotton (Carbondale Summer of Music 7.8.12)

One of the best versions of this old chestnut I’ve ever heard.

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Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band- Easy Come Easy Go (Carbondale Mountain Fair 7.29.12)

Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band- Easy Come Easy Go (Carbondale Mountain Fair 7.29.12)

They look like a cartoon, but their music is as gritty as it gets.

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Emmit Nershi Band- Don't It Make You Want to Dance (KDNK In-Studio 2.8.12)

Emmit Nershi Band- Don't It Make You Want to Dance (KDNK In-Studio 2.8.12)

The band made a little time to drop by before their gig at Belly Up in Aspen. Echoes of String Cheese and Leftover.

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Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds- No Rest (Carbondale Summer of Music 7.22.12)

Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds- No Rest (Carbondale Summer of Music 7.22.12)

A big sound from an unknown band at the time. A true blues shouter surrounded by a tight band.

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Grant Farm- US Blues (Carbondale Mountain Fair 7.27.12)

Grant Farm- US Blues (Carbondale Mountain Fair 7.27.12)

The Colorado band tears up Mountain Fair with this cover of the Dead.

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Dan Sheridan- Big Money (KDNK In-Studio 3.23.12)

Dan Sheridan- Big Money (KDNK In-Studio 3.23.12)

Hard to believe that this tune once got Dan in a heap of trouble. The truth hurts, doesn’t it?

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Amy Speace- It's Too Late to Call It a Night (KDNK In-Studio 2.22.12)

Amy Speace- It's Too Late to Call It a Night (KDNK In-Studio 2.22.12)

A beautiful singer, a beautiful song. Life is good.

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Obadiah Jones- Too Late Tonight (KDNK In-Studio 8.14.11)

Obadiah Jones- Too Late Tonight (KDNK In-Studio 8.14.11)

Local phenom with a late-night song.
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Sea Stars- Test of Faith (KDNK In-Studio 7.6.12)

Sea Stars- Test of Faith (KDNK In-Studio 7.6.12)

A tender and delicate duet from this Paonia couple.

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Matt Flinner Trio- Bitterroot (KDNK In-Studio 2.10.12)

Another bluegrass trio sounding jazzy.

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North y Sur- Girl from Ipanema (Carbondale Mountain Fair 7.28.12)

Josefina Mendez with her band at the time, covering one of the all-time great Brazilian songs.

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Vusi Mahlasela- The Beauty of My Land (KDNK In-Studio 2.4.11)

Vusi Mahlasela- The Beauty of My Land (KDNK In-Studio 2.4.11)

Vusi stopped by Express Yourself before his BellyUp gig and convinced us not only of the song’s beauty, but also the beauty of forgiveness, something that he contends Africa can teach the world.

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Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars- Living Like a Refugee (KDNK In-Studio 4.26.11)

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars- Living Like a Refugee (KDNK In-Studio 4.26.11)

Another band who experienced hell and then wrote heavenly songs about it.

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Darrell Scott- Someday (KDNK In-Studio 3.19.12)

Darrell Scott- Someday (KDNK In-Studio 3.19.12)

Darrell is one of the most talented visitors ever to grace KDNK’s airwaves, and one of the nicest men you could ever meet. I just love it when a talented musician is also humble about it.

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Frank Martin & Olivia Pevec- People Get Ready (KDNK In-Studio 8.26.12)

Frank Martin & Olivia Pevec- People Get Ready (KDNK In-Studio 8.26.12)

Two members of Let Them Roar preaching to the choir during Membership Drive.

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Tom Paxton- The Last Thing On My Mind (KDNK In-Studio 10.20.14)

Tom Paxton- The Last Thing On My Mind (KDNK In-Studio 10.20.14)

Tom Paxton, gentleman and old-school folksinger, performed one of his classics in KDNK’s studio and proved he still has a golden voice.

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Eliza Gilkyson- Touchstone (KDNK In-Studio 8.6.14)

Eliza Gilkyson- Touchstone (KDNK In-Studio 8.6.14)

Eliza Gilkyson drops by just about every year. Here she performs a very tender new tune, and her voice catches at just the right places.

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Parker Milsap Trio- Disappear (KDNK In-Studio 12.20.12)

Parker Milsap Trio- Disappear (KDNK In-Studio 12.20.12)

The Oklahoma wonderboy joined Express Yourself just after his first appearance on eTown and just before his New Year’s gig at the Ryman in Nashville.

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Cary Morin- Thunder (KDNK Blues & Barbecue 8.17.13)

Cary Morin- Thunder (KDNK Blues & Barbecue 8.17.13)

Cary headlined the 2013 KDNK Blues and Barbecue. This song proves how good a guitar player he is, and his singing ain’t too shabby neither.

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Walter Parks- The Time of the Turning (KDNK In-Studio 11.27.15)

Walter Parks- The Time of the Turning (KDNK In-Studio 11.27.15)

Walter Parks performs a song on Express Yourself co-written with his mentor, Richie Havens, that has never been recorded. It’s rather ominous but very heartfelt.

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Band of Heathens- Jackson Station (KDNK In-Studio 8.12.15)

Band of Heathens- Jackson Station (KDNK In-Studio 8.12.15)

The Band of Heathens perform the first song they ever wrote together as a band.

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Taj Mahal- Fishin' Blues (KDNK In-Studio 8.15.13)

Taj Mahal- Fishin' Blues (KDNK In-Studio 8.15.13)

Taj brought along his beautiful copper-colored Resonator and he croaked out one of his signature tunes for an adoring crowd.

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Rebecca Frazier- Highway of Regret (Carbondale Mountain Fair 7.26.14

Rebecca Frazier- Highway of Regret (Carbondale Mountain Fair 7.26.14

The darling of Hit & Run done growed up and got gooder. Here she is performing the Stanley Brothers tune at Mountain Fair.

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Hot Buttered Rum- Cherry Lake (Carbondale Mountain Fair 7.25.15

Hot Buttered Rum- Cherry Lake (Carbondale Mountain Fair 7.25.15

Another one of those jazzy bluegrass bands performs a new song onstage at Mountain Fair.

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Let Them Roar- Kalalau (Carbondale Mountain Fair 7.25.15

Let Them Roar- Kalalau (Carbondale Mountain Fair 7.25.15

Carbondale’s favorite jam band with a long tune perfect for a Summer afternoon at Mountain Fair.

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Natural Transfusion- Flood in Franklin Park (Carbondale Mountain Fair 7.25.15

Natural Transfusion- Flood in Franklin Park (Carbondale Mountain Fair 7.25.15

Jammy and jazzy, a local band performs music you don’t usually hear at Mountain Fair.

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Radio La Chusma- Rasta Mexica (Carbondale Mountain Fair 7.25.14

Radio La Chusma- Rasta Mexica (Carbondale Mountain Fair 7.25.14

This El Paso band impressed with their blend of Mexican folk, African and Caribbean music. The whole Mountain Fair was dancing to this long jam.

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Hiroya Tsukamoto- Another Great Day to Be Alive (KDNK In-Studio 12.11.15)

Hiroya Tsukamoto- Another Great Day to Be Alive (KDNK In-Studio 12.11.15)

A very delicate finger-picked classical guitar piece from a Japanese master who performed on Express Yourself.

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Beppe Gambetta- The Acadian Dream (KDNK In-Studio 9.26.14)

Beppe Gambetta- The Acadian Dream (KDNK In-Studio 9.26.14)

The Italian master guitarist dropped by Express Yourself before his gig at Steve’s Guitars and showed us his chops.

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SHEL- Liza Beatboxing (Carbondale Mountain Fair 7.26.15

SHEL- Liza Beatboxing (Carbondale Mountain Fair 7.26.15

It’s so easy to fall in love with SHEL. They’re easy on the eyes, and on the ears. Here’s Liza, the drummer, beatboxing on the main stage at Mountain Fair.

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Three Young Poets (Carbondale Mountain Fair 7.26.15)

Three young poets, three different messages, one good reason to love a community that gives them a stage to tell us what they’re thinking.

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Dean Magraw- Amazing Grace (KDNK In-Studio 7.3.15)

Dean Magraw- Amazing Grace (KDNK In-Studio 7.3.15)

An other-worldly take on a classic gospel song from Minnesota guitarist Dean Magraw, who dropped by Express Yourself before his gig at the 4 Mile Bed and Breakfast.

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