Express Yourself

Carbondale Arts

The Garden Music Series, curated by MinTze Wu, starts Thursday, May 27th! Hear more about it from Natalie Spears and Alexandra Jerkunica. James Steindler checks in with the Hudson Reed Ensemble and we hear from artist Hunter Hogan.

DJ Mamabird + STS9 Bassist Alana Rocklin

Apr 23, 2021
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DJ Mamabird talks with Sound Tribe Sector 9's Queen of Bass, Alana Rocklin about being the only female band member, her passionate fan base, halting a tour during the pandemic, losing her family's home to wildfire, and juggling the life of a rockstar, mom and wife. Plus the hardships for women in music and how Rocklin speaks out on social injustices. Click this post to hear all of the conversation.

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Amy Kimberly speaks with Meskwaki/Dine artist Larry Yazzie about his history of performing Fancy Dance. He also plays music on the flute and drum, live in-studio.

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Brian Colley and Kat Rich take the mics with Trace Nichols, who's exhibiting in NESTed Roots at the R2 Gallery. Staci Dickerson speaks to author and illustrator Miriam and Larry Day. And Dance Initiative's Megan Janssen catches up with New York-based dancer Nicole von Arx. 

Ellie Barber AKA Ollella, who some of you may remember from local band Pearl & Wood came to visit KDNK and talk about her latest EP 'Reins'.

Hotchkiss-based artist/musician John Hickam (aka Willis Pickem) shares his recent album, 'Pickin' and Grinnin' with Willis Pickem'. He also talks about another group he formed called the Grizzly Pears and building homemade synthesizers!

Marian Anderson, Ray Charles and Will Rogers help Express Yourself celebrate the Fourth of July.

AntiViral Part 5 features the voice of curator Alya Howe, with poems by Kristin Carlson, Iliana Renteria Bernal, Art Goodtimes (read by Alya Howe), and Charles Braddy. It also has a poem by Uche Ogbuji, who is bringing awareness to the devastating tragedy of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Last Wednesday was a day of awareness. Uche says "listeners should be aware even in this time of COVID, and if they can help, it's hard to imagine a more urgent cause." Click here for more information.

The Arts Base

Skye Skinner, Interim Executive Director at The Art Base, joined KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh on Express Yourself to provide an update about new initiatives to inject the community with creativity and positivity. These include the distribution of art kits, social media outreach, bilingual art prompts and online classes.

AntiViral Part 3 Keeps the Poetry Flowing

May 1, 2020

AntiViral Part 3 features the voices of curator Alya Howe, as well as poets Chris Ryerson, Nicole B. Hagg and Halle Zander, with additional poems by Lynn Unger and Kitty O'Meara.

Miss Maggie

Local musician and KDNK DJ Maggie Seldeen, AKA Mugsy Fay, is one of two Rosybelle educators leading weekly virtual creative tutorials with Carbondale Arts. She joined KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh on Express Yourself to share about the program and her work as a musician.

SoL Theatre Company

KDNK is proud to present this radio play debut from SoL Theatre Company: Theatre for Kids. Stage of Life Theatre Company, based in Carbondale, believes in the power of theatrical training and production to help children and young adults expand their self concept by inspiring them with the social and emotional tools necessary to lead meaningful lives.

El Javi

Denver-based flamenco guitarist Javier Gutierrez, “El Javi,” was scheduled to perform a benefit concert at Thunder River Theatre Company for KDNK's birthday this weekend. He, like countless other musicians across the world, has been forced to adapt around the circumstances spurred by COVID-19. In additional to now sharing guitar playing tutorials on YouTube, Javier performs live on Facebook every Monday at 6pm. Click here to hear how Javier experienced the onset of closures and gig cancellations from a festival in Mexico.

Regna Jones

5Point Adventure Film Festival was set to premier around Earth Day 2020 but, like countless other events, this was rescheduled due to the global pandemic. The 2020 flagship festival will now occur from October 14 - 18 and the team has curated a special virtual screening of archived favorites for next week instead. Executive Director Regna Jones shares details about 5Point Unlocked.

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Whippoorwill, a Fort Collins-based, alternative folk-rock trio were set to play in Carbondale last month at Steve's Guitars but the concert was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The group’s shows in April are also cancelled following Governor Jared Polis' statewide stay-at-home public health order. For KDNK, Laura Palmisano brings us an interview with Alysia Kraft of Whippoorwill.

Alya Howe Presents AntiViral Part 2

Apr 17, 2020

Honoring April as National Poetry Month, Alya Howe continues "AntiViral" on Express Yourself.

Ms. Holly

Waldorf educator and parent Holly Richardson is launching Ms. Holly's Magic Land, an exploration in YouTube broadcasting, to make her teachings for parents and their children accessible during this time of collective quarantine.

Alya Howe

Like a balm for worn souls, we are thankful that our global quarantine coincides with National Poetry Month! Alya Howe, founder of The Poetry Market and co-creator of Poets on Purpose, is beginning a new initiative on KDNK called "AntiViral." Her first collaborators are Rosemerry Wahtolla Trommer and Stefano Da Fre, each sharing original poetry inspired by our collective yet personal predicament.


AZYEP executive director Beth Wysong has initiated a community-wide project in recognition of April as National Poetry Month. She gave details and shared examples with KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh on Express Yourself.

Walalla Buckeroo

Local musician Olivia Pevec is performing daily songs at noon to raise awareness for LET THEM ROAR's efforts to produce a new studio album. She joined Raleigh Burleigh on Express Yourself to talk about the project and her time in quarantine.

Gavin Dahl

Tonight from 6pm to 8pm, the Carbondale Creative District hosts Carbondale's first-ever, virtual First Friday using Thunder River Theatre Company's ThunderStream service. Aly Sanguily, KDNK DJ and owner of Batch, gave details on Express Yourself about the night's events and her participation with the noise-making portion at 7pm in gratitude to first responders and other essential workers.


Thunder River Theatre Company's executive artistic Director Corey Simpson shared with Raleigh Burleigh on Express Yourself about ThunderStream. This new online service will feature diverse programming for all ages as well as play host to Carbondale's first-ever virtual First Friday.

"Ancient" Art Hosts Swing, Swing, Swing from Home

Mar 20, 2020
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KDNK's Spring Membership Drive 2020 ended on a heartfelt note at DJ "Ancient" Art Ackerman hosted Swing, Swing, Swing from his home in Carbondale. Station Manager Gavin Dahl made it possible to take these precautions by picking up Art's records and spinning them from the studio. Here we present some highlights. For the full program, click here.

Harvey Preston Gallery

Denver-based, jazz-trio Smirk performed a special concert for KDNK at the Harvey Preston Gallery in Aspen on March 7. Music Director Cody Lee forayed into the fray with our portable Tascam microphone that resembles a troll doll with it's fluffy windscreen. Here are some highlights.

Amy Hadden Marsh

On Friday, March 13, Handmade Moments was booked to perform with Pure Weed on the roofdeck of the Aspen Art Museum. Adapting to the prescribed precautions for limiting COVID-19 exposure in the Roaring Fork Valley, Handmade Moments performed instead a live, on-air concert for KDNK with support from the Aspen Art Museum. Their set includes original music, classics revisited, and some improvized humor to soothe our worries. For part 2, click here.

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Luke Maxson, Alex Goldberg, and Ryan Bannigan form the Denver-based, jazz-trio Smirk. They stopped by KDNK prior to their 5pm performance at the Harvey Preston Gallery on March 7. KDNK will live broadcast that concert as part of 2020 membership drive outreach.

Jason Anderson

On Wednesday, March 4, Aspen Film announced the line-up for the 29th Annual Aspen Shortsfest, taking place from March 31 through April 5. This will be new Director of Shortsfest Programming Jason Anderson's premier festival with Aspen Film. He joined Raleigh Burleigh on Express Yourself to share his excitement for the 71 films in this year's program.

The Wild Documentary

Kaleb Walker of Kaleb's Katch introduces The Wild, a documentary about Bristol Bay and the proposed Pebble Mine. The film screens at the Third Street Center on Tuesday, March 10, at 6:30. Director Mark Titus will answer questions about the film and KDNK News will be on-site to take membership pledges.

Carbondale Arts

The 12th Green is the New Black Fashion Show is on March 13th and 14th. Model and designer Savanna LaBauve, designer Ali O'Neal of Thimble Fox, designer Kendra Lizotte, dance choreographer Meagan Shapiro of CoMotion Dance Company, and aerialist Carrie Vickers hopped on Express Yourself to chat about this year's them: Mirror Mirror.