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. 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 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.

Ways To Connect

John Kallas is one this country’s foremost experts on wild foods, and the author of the new book Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods from Dirt to Plate. He speaks with Eric Alan about increasing nutritional diversity and our connection to the earth through wild foods. He’ll give a free talk at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on Wednesday, September 2nd.

Photo by Mary Goree

Ensemble Mik Nawooj is a hip-hop orchestra that includes acoustic strings and woodwinds, 2 MCs, funk drums and a lyric soprano, all led by Korean-born composer and pianist JooWan Kim. They’ll bring their unique music to Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove on Friday, September 4th.  JooWan Kim speaks with Eric Alan, in an interview that includes some of the ensemble's groundbreaking music.

Degenerate Art Ensemble is a Seattle-based performance ensemble which integrates such diverse media as live music, dance, theater, light and sound. They create pieces inspired by equally diverse influences, including punk, comics, cinema, fairy tales and nightmares. As part of the new Oregon Performance Lab at Lane Community College, Degenerate Art Ensemble will present a workshop performance of an evolving work called Predator Songstress at LCC this Friday and Saturday, August 28th and 29th before its official world premiere in San Francisco in November.

“Chalk Outlines” is a performance piece by the Embodiment Project in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, which will be performed on the Hult Center Plaza in Eugene on Thursday, August 27th at 5:30 p.m. Eric Alan speaks with artistic director Nicole Klaymoon and musical director Valerie Troutt.

The City of Springfield is installing a two-story, photorealistic painted mural of Ken Kesey downtown on the side of the Odd Fellows Building, current home of PlankTown Brewing. It was designed by Craig Ferroggiaro of Willamette Valley Color, and will be painted by Old City Artists, who also installed the nearby Simpsons mural. Craig Ferrogiaro speaks with Eric Alan about capturing the essence of Kesey, and the inspiring creative challenge of working with existing architecture.

Photo by Eric Alan

Keith Greeninger returns to the KLCC listening region with a few solo performances. Friday, August 21st he’ll be at the Barn at Yellow Bird Farm, west of Cottage Grove. Then he’ll perform at Fir Street Park in downtown Sisters on Saturday, August 22nd, and give a house concert in Bend on Monday, August 24th. His most recent CD is Soul Connection, which features Bonnie Raitt’s rhythm section, and Bill Payne from Little Feat on the keyboards. Keith came by the KLCC studios to share music on a beautiful Friday afternoon.

Whetherman, Live at KLCC

Aug 20, 2015
Photo by Eric Alan

Whetherman is the stage name of Nicholas Williams, who has released six CDs in recent years on an independent path, including his latest CD Seeds for Harvest. He’s also been touring relentlessly during those years as well, whether it’s with a full band or solo. He’s continuing that touring with two performances in the KLCC listening region, including August 20th at Cozmic in Eugene, and on Friday night, August 21st at Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove. He stopped by the KLCC studios for songs and stories.

As part of Oregon Performance Lab--a new creative residency program hosted by Lane Community College-- the play Spill will be performed in the Ragozzino Performance Hall of LCC on August 14th and 15th, based on interviews regarding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in Louisiana. Lead actor and dramaturg Kelli Simpkins speaks with Eric Alan.

Vocalist Marisa Frantz is a native of Eugene who returned after several musical years in Nashville, and is a part of the Oregon Festival of American Music for the first time. She speaks with Eric Alan about balancing a reverence for vocal tradition while still making classic songs her own. She’ll be a featured vocalist in OFAM’s opening gala, which will be broadcast by KLCC on Tuesday evening, August 11th, during Heartwood Hotel.

In the first of two features on the Oregon Festival of Music 2015, Eric Alan speaks with Jim Ralph, Executive Director of the Shedd Institute. Jim talks about the transformative musical era from 1921 to 1934, and how it will be represented onstage during Tuesday evening’s opening gala. That concert will be broadcast live on KLCC during Heartwood Hotel, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

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