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

Carl Falsgraf had a distinguished career as an educator, but at age 55, he left it behind. He bought a used Toyota pick-up truck, packed his guitar and a few other belongings, and spent two months on the road looking inward and outward. His book Highway Blues tells the tale of that journey, and he speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan in advance of a book release event on June 28th at Tsunami Books in Eugene.

This year’s Oregon Bach Festival runs from June 25th to July 12th, with events in Eugene and Portland. Its wide range of musical offerings will include the new Berwick Academy for Historical Performance, which will debut on Saturday, June 27th as Matthew Halls conducts three of Beethoven’s greatest works in Beall Hall.  Members of the Berwick Academy will also perform live in KLCC's SELCO Performance Hall on Wednesday, June 24th at 6:30 p.m. OBF Artistic Director Matthew Halls preview this year’s festival, with KLCC's Eric Alan.

The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts launches its 2015 theatricals season with the classic musical, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, a satire of 1950s corporate America. Director Peg Major speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan, in an interview that includes music from the 2011 cast recording with Daniel Radcliffe. The play runs June 19th through 28th in the Jaqua Concert Hall in Eugene.

Photo by Eric Alan

The Arielle Deem Band blends elements of alternative jazz with soul and blues and popular song forms. They’re based in Los Angeles, but are out touring the Pacific Northwest behind their debut release No Place Like Now. They’ll bring their “Northern Soul Tour” to the Jazz Station in Eugene this evening, June 10th, and after successfully making their way down from Seattle, they’re joined us in the KLCC studios for songs and conversation.

H.L. Davis is the only Oregon author to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Eighty years after Honey in the Horn was first published, it’s being reissued by OSU Press. Eric Alan speaks with historian Dick Etulain, who wrote the book’s introduction, about the significance of the author and book. There will be a book release event at Umpqua Valley Arts Center in Roseburg on Wednesday evening, June 10th.

Photo by Eric Alan

The band Great Lake Swimmers is a Canadian quintet led by songwriter Tony Dekker, who've gained acclaim for their melodic folk rock, including a nomination for a Juno award. Their newest release,  A Forest of Arms, was recorded in part in a cave in Canada. Before performing at Cozmic in Eugene on Monday, June 8th, they visited the KLCC studios for songs and conversation.

Jonathan Richman continues to pursue his unique musical path, long after his band the Modern Lovers helped define the punk era in the 1970s.  His career has included numerous solo albums, a major onscreen role in the hit movie There’s Something about Mary, and many appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. He speaks with Eric Alan about his influences, his dislike of digital technology, and the beauty of English as a songwriting language. Includes music from his new 7" vinyl singles.

Christopher Acebo, Associate Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, will give a talk called “Guiding Space: An Exploration of Set Design in the Theater,” as part of Lane Arts Council’s First Friday ArtWalk on Friday, June 5th at 5:30 p.m. It will be at Oregon Contemporary Theatre, moderated by Bob Keefer. Christopher Acebo speaks with Eric Alan about using minimalism to engage the audience’s imagination, and the beauty of limitations.

Becca Stevens is one this era’s most distinctive and unclassifiable songwriters and guitarists, with influences ranging from jazz to classical, pop and folk. She’s touring with the Becca Stevens Band from New York, and they will appear at Cozmic in Eugene on Monday, June 1st. She speaks with Eric Alan about perfection vs. imperfection, the studio as an instrument, and the joys of a long-time band. Includes music from her most recent release, Perfect Animal.

Photo by Milton H. Greene

Milton H. Greene was one of the most celebrated photographers of the first half of the twentieth century, including his iconic images of Marilyn Monroe. His archives are cared for by his son, Joshua Greene at Archive Images in Florence, and a framed print of one of those images is being given away as part of KLCC’s Happy Birthday, Marilyn fundraiser on Monday, June 1st. Joshua Greene speaks to Eric Alan about the stories behind the photographs.

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