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

Gavin Dahl

KDNK’s Luke Nestler and Cody Lee talked on Roots, Branches, and Buds this week about some of their recent musical discoveries and the major CD and vinyl donations received this year. They and several volunteer DJs are in the midst of a major project in the KDNK music library, as they get ready for Potato Day and the KDNK Record Hop, on Saturday, October 6th from 9am to 3pm.

Luke and the Janerator welcome the new Babble-ist David Briscoe to the airwaves. The guy knows his football, and gives Bronco Babble some credibility. On this edition, the three revel in a butt-ugly win by the Broncos over the Raiders. We also heard the new poem from the Ode-ist. Everyone thinks the Broncos will beat the Ravens in Baltimore. We'll see.

World's Finest, dancefloor instigators from Portland, Oregon, visited Roots Branches & Buds before their BellyUp gig, their third visit to KDNK. They played two songs live in the studio, Demons and Song Through June, and we played two from their new CD Chromatophores, 5 Cent Doug, a rub-a-dub dinger and Chent, displaying their funk proficiency. 

Bronco Babble

Sep 14, 2018

Week Two of the NFL Season finds Bronco Babble just hitting its stride. Kinda like Philip Lindsay. We hear for the first tme from David who will join the show as the mature commentator, the one who does his homework. The Janerator is in fine form here, and Luke is just trying to hold it all together. This show marks the debut of The Ode-ist. Though this sounds vaguely naughty, it's really the Girl Next Door Who's Smarter Than You who has to take a hiatus from the show. But she promised she would call in every week with a new ode. So fly that freak flag and join the Raider Haters right here on KDNK's Bronco Babble--proudly and completely inconsequential.

After nearly 20 years as a fine furniture maker in the Roaring Fork Valley, Brad Reed Nelson stretches into new territory with an exhibit at the ArtBase in Basalt that features site-specific installations rather than his furniture. KDNK’s Luke Nestler spoke to Brad about his furniture and his show at the ArtBase, which opens with a reception next Friday, September 14 at the Charles Wyly Gallery at 5pm.

Leah Concialdi, Frank Roddy and Casey Hrdlicka comprise only 30% of their band Atomga. But they did a good job introducing the KDNK audience to their band's sound. Atomga Beer from Brazil, the mathematics of polyrhythms and snippets of Fela Kuti and Bixiga from Sao Paulo complete this audio snapshot of the Denver Afrobeat band which headlined KDNK's Hoot.

El Javi has found a home away from home in the Roaring Fork Valley. Here he speaks about his art before his appearance at KDNK's Hoot.

 


For 27 years, Fred “Lightning Heart” Haberlein began every Mountain Fair with a blessing. Though he found a true place in front of that microphone every year, it was not a bully pulpit. It was a place for him to serve our community by gently reminding us of quiet and eternal truths. His words were clear and his intent was positive, just as the Mountain Fair itself is. Sadly, Fred passed away this last spring. Please enjoy these Lightning Heart blessings from four different Mountain Fairs past. Carbondale Arts plans a short public tribute to Fred on Friday afternoon at 4pm to begin this year’s Fair. If you can’t be at Sopris Park, stay tuned to KDNK for the live broadcast.

Tracy Ford--singer, songwriter and rhythm guitarist for the Durango band The Crags--talks about her band and their music. Their first gig in the Roaring Fork Valley is a high profile one: Sunday afternoon at Mountain Fair.

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.

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