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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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.

Writ Large Twice

Nov 17, 2017
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Alya Howe, the curator of the Writ Large series, is joined on Express Yourself by Samuel Bernal Urbina and Bill Kight, two storytellers who live in our community.

The White Buffalo

Nov 17, 2017

Jake Smith is The White Buffalo. He has a brand new album, his 6th studio recording, called Darkest Darks, Lightest Lights. His current tour brings him to the Belly Up tonight.

The ladies pull up the slack in Luke's absence. Jane takes over the hot seat and Sarah brings in her new puppies.

Bronco Babble

Nov 3, 2017

The Broncos went to Kansas City and didn't get a pretty little woman but they definitely got a whuppin'. Sarah, Jane and Luke replay the gory details and express astonishment at Brock Osweiler's resurrection.

Cody, Gavin and Luke discuss Lukas Nelson, Willie Watson and El Javi. And America's Doyenne of Death, Caitlin Doughty, discusses here new book From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World in Search of a Good Death.

Music Meeting 5

Nov 3, 2017

Luke brings in Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real's new self-titled CD. Cody offers the new Willie Watson CD Folksinger Vol. 2. And Gavin brings El Javi's new CD A Gypsy Journey Part II: El Refugio.

Cosmic country, old-time folk and rock flamenco.

From Here to Eternity

Nov 3, 2017

With two published books, including this new one, From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death, and with hundreds of thousands of views on her You Tube channel Ask a Mortician, Caitlin Doughty is the Doyenne of Death. Here she talks about some  interesting funeral practices around the world on Express Yourself.

Express Yourself

Oct 27, 2017

Thrill the World Carbondale's organizers, Alexandra and Anthony Jerkunica, along with two young zombies in the Flash Mob, Charlie and Simon Cox, talking about the big event on Saturday. And then we had two blues men join the show before their Loyal Brothers gig, Husky Burnette and Sam Gillis. They played a couple tunes live and talked about the blues.

Bronco Babble

Oct 26, 2017

The Donkeys suffer their first shutout in a generation at the hands of the LA Chargers. Jane, Sarah and Luke commiserate.

The Drunken Hearts stopped by Express Yourself before their Belly Up gig. And artist Chris Hassig about his new show at the Launchpad, The Line of Totality.

Chris Hassig Artist

Oct 20, 2017

Carbondale native and artist Chris Hassig talks about his new show at the Launchpad and about his working process. The piece below, Lost Coast, is one of the pieces that sold. The show will hang until November 8.

Bronco Babble

Oct 20, 2017

The Broncos Commiseration Club meets again. Sarah, Jane & Luke lament the sucky Donkeys game against the Giants. We discover that Jane's an airhead, Brandon McManus has the yips, and Trevor continues to run for his life. Even Brock got to play in this game, for God's sake! The Bronco Babblers decided that your prospects aren't good if you have to depend on a pick-6 to win the game. Call the program at 4pm next Thursday at 963.2976 as we dissect this weekend's Chargers game. 

The modern classic by Tom Stoppard visits the New Space Theatre at CMC in Spring Valley the last two weekends of October for seven performances, including two Sunday matinees. You can get more information here. And you can get your tickets here. KDNK's Luke Nestler speaks here with the play's director, G. Thomas Cochran, and the two young actors playing Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Nick Garay and Brendan Cochran.

Poetess Jodie Hollander talks about her new book of poems, My Dark Horses and about the art and craft of her rather musical poetry. And she reads three poems from the book. Paul Black describes the Cohere Gathering 2017. And harpist and singer Xeraphine plays a couple tunes and describes her Cohere Gathering workshop.

Paul Black, the founder and organizer of the Cohere Gathering, stopped by to tell us about the 2017 version of his harvest celebration that cultivates a coherent community. He brought along harpist Xeraphine, who offers a playshop at this year's gathering. She talked about the wind playing her harp and about the Faeries and their tales. She also played a couple original tunes, All Within and My Spell. 

Avon poet Jodie Hollander came by to Express Herself before her reading and workshop at the Basalt Regional Library. Jodie packs a lot of musical punch into a short line and her new book, My Dark Horses highlights that. She described her creative process and read three poems, He's, The Box and My Dark Horses.

Peter Gilbert of Dance Initiative about this year's Spectrum Dance Festival. Susan Wrubel, new ED of AspenFilm, about this year's FilmFest. Ivo Marloh, director of All the Wild Horses, one of this year's featured films. And musical interludes from Beppe Gambetta, Conor Oberst and the North Mississippi Allstars.

The Danny Golden Band performs tomorrow night at Steve's Guitars. They dropped by to chat with Ape on the Dink and play their songs Grace and Abilene.

Peter Gilbert has done more than most to elevate dance in the lower Roaring Fork Valley to a place of greater visibility. Peter's organization, Dance Initiative, brings the sixth Spectrum Dance Festival to the Launchpad in Carbondale this weekend, and here he describes this year's gathering.

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