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

Photo by Eric Alan

  The Jacobs Gallery in Eugene will close on January 31st. City of Eugene Cultural Services will host a community conversation about future uses for the Jacobs Gallery space, on January 13th at the Hult Center Studio at 5:30 p.m. Eric Alan speaks with gallery board member Katy Szekely about her perspectives on the conversation, and the future of the space. 

  Four hundred years after William Shakespeare’s death, one copy of the first collected works of his material is on display at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

Photo by Eric Alan

Country Hammer is a band with a broad take on American music, with particular roots in both early country music and modern, but sometimes reaching into elements of Motown, Mexican Norteno music and roots rock. After releasing their debut full-length CD, The Flower of Muscle Shoals, in 2014, they brought songs from their forthcoming CD Weight of the World to the KLCC studios as well. They perform at Sam Bond’s Garage on Wednesday, January 6th, in Eugene. 

  The State of the Arts series concludes with thoughts from Joshua Purvis, Executive Director of the Eugene Film Society, and co-creator of the Technology and Arts Downtown initiative. He speaks about what steps it will take for the local film scene to gain true momentum; how technological advances are revolutionizing film making and distribution; and how technology and the arts are inextricably intertwined. 

  A look at the modern music scene in the Willamette Valley with William Kennedy, the primary music writer for the Eugene Weekly, as well as a writer for several other publications, and a veteran of seventeen years of music retail work. He highlights positive local changes in venues and booking strategies, the success of a cassette-only music label in Eugene, and the role of the Internet in creating national success for the local band This Patch of Sky, which rarely plays in its own town. 

  Aaron Ragan-Fore, Director of Communications for the UO School of Music and Dance, examines the crossover between the university and the surrounding valley, through creative partnerships and audience outreach. He also explores the valley's rich offerings in the dance and music worlds, and traces how the flow of alumni into the greater creative community supports local artistic growth.

  Liora Sponko, Executive Director of the Lane Arts Council, speaks about the role of nonprofit organizations in the continued health of the arts world, including a new approach to middle school arts education via the collaborative ArtCore program. She also talks about the collaboration between businesses and artists to increase opportunities for the display of visual arts, and the best strategies for inclusion of the Latino community and other ethnic groups within the arts. 

  Author, publisher and Lane Library League President Bill Sullivan examines the local State of the Arts from a literary perspective, including the resurgence of physical book sales while e-books are in decline; the remarkable growth and diversity of local self-publishing; and the burgeoning roles of libraries and reading programs in creating a new generation of readers. 

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  Larry Pattis has brought a uniquely eclectic sound to solo fingerstyle guitar, integrating elements ranging from classical to folk, Celtic to jazz and country. He was named one of the Top 10 Best Acoustic Music Artists of the Decade by the International Acoustic Music Awards, was a founder of American Guitar Masters tours, and has released three CDs along the way. He’ll begin 2016 by performing at Tsunami Books in Eugene on Saturday, January 2nd, and he’s stopped by the KLCC studios for songs and stories. 

  KLCC’S year-end look at the local State of the Arts continues with Oregon Contemporary Theatre’s Associate Producer Tara Wibrew, who reflects on theater’s role in Eugene’s changing downtown, on arts access for disadvantaged audiences, and on reaching beyond comfort zones as a way to improve the arts scene. 

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