Eric Alan

Music, Arts & Culture Host

Eric Alan is KLCC’s music, arts and culture host. The music performances he hosts on KLCC air during Q; his interviews and features air during The Takeaway, The World and other programs. He joined KLCC in 2010 as a host of the music program Fresh Tracks. He then became the host of the music, arts and culture program Living Large, which brought 800 performances and interviews to the airwaves in 2011-2013. In 2014, he was awarded second place in the "Best Interview" category for his story "Vietnam: An Inner View" at the national convention of the Public Radio News Directors, Incorporated in Washington, DC. Previously, he spent seventeen years at Jefferson Public Radio in Ashland, where he was music director and host of the daily music show Open Air; he also served there as editor and primary feature writer for The Jefferson Monthly magazine, Morning Edition host and producer of The Questing Feast (a food show). He is a nationally published author and photographer with three books to his credit, ranging from nature spirituality to major league baseball. He also works with National Geographic photographer Dewitt Jones, regularly contributing words and photographs to the project “Celebrate What’s Right with the World.” He is an accomplished lyricist as well, with credits ranging from international recording artists Gypsy Soul to the Oregon Cabaret Theatre.

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Riverboat Building
6:00 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Palladine Studios: A New Performance and Media Hub in Newport

Carly Bryann Young

Palladine Studios is a new community hub for performance art and media in Newport, created by sisters Carly and Audrey Bryann Young, who are in their early twenties. Carly Bryan Young speaks with Eric Alan about their vision, and why swordfighting is involved.

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Hult Center
6:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Branford Marsalis with the Eugene Symphony

Branford Marsalis
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

The Eugene Symphony welcomes one of this era’s pre-eminent instrumentalists, as saxophonist Branford Marsalis arrives this week for a performance and educational residency. He will perform with the Eugene Symphony on Thursday, January 22nd on Jacques Ibert’s Concertino da camera and John Williams’s Escapades. He will also teach master classes for middle and high school students, lead discussions at the UO, and coach both the UO and LCC jazz bands. Branford Marsalis joins Eric Alan in the KLCC studios.

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Spring Creek Project
8:31 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Global Warming, Extinction and the Call to Life

Kathleen Dean Moore

Philosopher and nature writer Kathleen Dean Moore will merge her words with the music of Rachmaninoff, as performed by concert pianist Rachelle McCabe, in an event called Rage, Rage Against the Dying: Global Warming, Extinction and the Call to Life at the Corvallis-Benton Public Library on Wednesday evening, January 21st. Kathleen Dean Moore speaks with Eric Alan.

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WOW Hall
6:00 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Finding the Humor in Racial Justice with W. Kamau Bell

W. Kamau Bell
Credit Photo by Matthias Clamer

W. Kamau Bell uniquely merges comedy with perspectives on racial justice and other tough topics. His FX comedy series Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell was executive produced by Chris Rock; his album Face Full of Flour made many top ten lists. He was recently named an Ambassador of Racial Justice by the ACLU, and serves on the board of the racial justice think tank Race Forward.Before bringing his “Oh, Everything!” tour to the WOW Hall on January 22nd, he spoke to Eric Alan about the value of awkward conversations, what he’d say to Dr.

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Tsunami Books
4:12 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

David Jacobs-Strain and Bob Beach Live at KLCC

David Jacobs-Strain and Bob Beach perform at KLCC.

David Jacobs-Strain and Bob Beach have been combining their musical talents in the roots and blues world for some years now, and after the success of their previous live album, Live from the Left Coast, they’ve decided to make another live one. They’re in the midst of recording several shows across Oregon, with a few special guests joining them along the way. Before recording at Tsunami Books in Eugene both Friday and Saturday night, January 16th and 17th, they came by KLCC for songs and conversation.

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University of Oregon
6:00 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Music Today Festival, with Esteli Gomez and Robert Kyr

Esteli Gomez

UO’s Music Today Festival celebrates new music, including student compositions. It runs from January 19th through January 31st, and features Grammy-winning soprano Esteli Gomez. She joins Eric Alan in the KLCC studios, along with festival founder and composer Robert Kyr.

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Oregon State University
6:00 am
Thu January 15, 2015

The Poetry of the Other with Sister Outsider

Sister Outsider is the duo of Dominique Christina and Denice Frohman, both Women of the World Slam Poetry champions, who merge poetry with activism, using their creativity to foster social change and celebrate the “other” in us all. As part of Oregon State University’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, they’ll perform and teach a workshop at OSU in Corvallis on Thursday, January 15th. Denice Frohman joins KLCC's Eric Alan for conversation and poetry.

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John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
6:00 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Mark Hummel's Blues Harmonica Blowout

Mark Hummel

Mark Hummel’s annual Blues Harmonica Blowout focuses this year on classic 1930s and 1940s material from Bluebird Records. Hummel and Rick Estrin talk with Eric Alan about the music, and about sharing the van with living blues legend Billy Boy Arnold. 

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The Very Little Theatre
6:00 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Other Desert Cities

The Very Little Theatre in Eugene presents the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play Other Desert Cities, which explores the personal and political tensions in a family when one of its members publishes a painful memoir. Associate Director Suzanne Shapiro and cast member Tracy Ilene Miller speak with Eric Alan.

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Cozmic
3:16 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Brooks Robertson and John Standefer Live at KLCC

Brooks Robertson (left) and John Standefer (right).
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

Fingerstyle guitarists Brooks Robertson and John Standefer have been blending their individual styles to create a sonic partnership since meeting in Nashville a few years back. 2014 found them releasing their first album together as a duo, We Came to Play, which was named the top album of the year from the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame. Before returning to Eugene for a show at Cozmic on Saturday evening, January 3rd, they joiined us live in the KLCC studios to celebrate the new year.

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