Eric Alan

Music, Arts & Culture Host

Eric Alan is KLCC’s music, arts and culture reporter. The interviews and performances he hosts air on KLCC as local inserts during programs including The Takeaway, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Fresh Air, and The World . 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. He has served on the board of the Lane County Cultural Coalition, and is a founding board member of Cerro Gordo Land Conservancy. 

Ways to Connect

The Sprout Film Festival presents films realistically portraying the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Locally, the 10th annual festival is presented by Full Access, which provides services and support to people with those disabilities. It will screen at Lane Community College’s main campus and Cottage Grove campus on Thursday, October 19th, at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on Friday, October 20th, and at the Broadway Metro Theater on Saturday, October 21st.  April Wick, Executive Director of Full Access, speaks with KLCC's Eric Alan. 

Mac McAnally has been named the Country Music Association’s Musician of the Year for eight consecutive years. Besides writing hits for many country stars and performing as part of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band, he’s released sixteen albums of his own. The latest one is Southbound, which puts his songs in an orchestral context.

Oregon Mozart Players have just announced a three-year contract extension for artistic director Kelly Kuo. He talks with KLCC’s Eric Alan about why he loves the ensemble and community, and what’s ahead for the season, which begins with a concert called Revolution! on Saturday, October 7th in Beall Hall on the UO campus.   

Isaac Marquez has recently been named as Director of City of Eugene Cultural Services, responsible for oversight of the city’s Community Events and Public Art Programs, the Hult Center, and the Cuthbert Amphitheater.

Maria Hinojosa has hosted NPR’s Latino USA for 22 years. She brings a unique perspective about what it means to be American, which she will present as part of Oregon Humanities Center’s “We the People” lecture series on October 5th. She speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan about her views on being American, her sense of civic duty, and all of our roles in challenging conversations about identity.  

Legendary Brazilian percussionist Airto Moreira has performed with Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, Weather Report, Return to Forever, and his wife Flora Purim, among many others. He’ll appear at the Florence Events Center on Saturday, October 7th, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Siuslaw School District Music Education Programs. He speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan.

Eugene Opera is reinventing itself, after canceling half of its previous season due to financial difficulties. New executive director Erika Rauer [rhymes with “tower”] outlines the organization’s new creative and financial vision, with KLCC’s Eric Alan. 

Photo by Eric Alan

Welsh singer/songwriter Martyn Joseph has 32 albums to his credit over the past three decades, including his most recent one, Sanctuary. Lately, he’s also founded a non-profit organization called “Let Yourself Trust,” been nominated for “Hardest Working Artist” in the UK’s Independent Music Awards, and written music for Parliament’s “Sweet Liberties” project, celebrating 800 years of British democracy. 

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Garvar Brummett spent many years being homeless and did prison time for bank robbery, as well as dealing with abuse and addiction. Now he’s a drug and addition counselor, motivational speaker, and the author/illustrator of the book The Scent of Jasmine Cools the Rage.

Soprano Renee Fleming is one of music’s most accomplished vocalists, with her accolades including multiple Grammy Awards and the National Medal of Arts, bestowed upon her by President Obama.

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