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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Majestic Theatre
6:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Earl Thomas and the Blues Cabaret

Vocalist Earl Thomas debuts music recorded the previous night, merging the blues with Broadway styles. He also reflects with Eric Alan about the role of blues in overcoming oppression, and moving the musical form into the 21st century. Earl Thomas brings The Blues Cabaret to the Majestic Theatre in Corvallis on Friday evening. 

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Eugene Celebration
6:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Queen Professor Bulbous Slimbledore Begins His "Rain"

Queen Professor Bulbous Slimbledore, surrounded by old S.L.U.G. Queens at his coronation.

Eugene’s new S.L.U.G. Queen, Daniel Borson—a.k.a. Queen Professor Bulbous Slimbledore—speaks with Eric Alan about wizardry, environmental education, and the centrality of a downtown celebration. 

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Cuthbert Amphitheatre
6:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Huey Lewis, Still Making the News

Huey Lewis and the News recreate their album cover for Sports, thirty years later.
Credit Photo by Jay Blakesberg

Huey Lewis has a wide-ranging conversation with Eric Alan about his enduring songs, interpreting Otis Redding, pop songs as Haiku, and the evolutions of the News and music business. The interview includes classic music and recent live material. Huey Lewis and the News perform at the Cuthbert Amphitheatre in Eugene on Saturday, August 16th.

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Wildish Theater
6:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Downtown Languages: A Ten-Year Celebration of Diversity

Pre-Hispanic and Mexican Folk Dance will be presented by thisTepeyac-Olincalli Ballet Folclórico group.

Downtown Languages celebrates ten years of providing language and life-skills classes to adult immigrants and their families in Lane County, with an evening of folkloric dance and music at the Wildish Theater in Springfield. Eric Alan speaks with Paulina Romo Villasenor, Executive Director of Downtown Languages, and folkloric musician Alessandro.

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City of Eugene, "Summer in the City"
6:00 am
Wed August 13, 2014

The Art of Local Fashion, Sidewalk to Catwalk

Credit Photo by Papermoon, with model Star

The art of local fashion will be celebrated in “Sidewalk to Catwalk,” in the Hult Center Lobby on Wednesday evening. Grace McNabb and Mitra Chester speak with Eric Alan about fashion as a conversation, its reflection of regional culture, and the inspiration it gives in return.

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Tsunami Books
6:00 am
Tue August 12, 2014

How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family

Melissa Hart with Bodhi the barred owl.

Melissa Hart, author of Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family, speaks with Eric Alan of her journey from bird rehabilitation to adoptive motherhood, and her renewed joy for the world as a result. She gives a reading and slide show at Tsunami Books in Eugene on August 16th. 

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Sam Bond's Garage
3:21 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Sweet Ghosts Live at KLCC

Sweet Ghosts at KLCC. Left to right: Colin Shook, Ryan Alfred, Katherine Byrnes.
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

Sweet Ghosts is a band led by Katherine Byrnes and Ryan Alfred, with beautiful harmonies and atmospheric textures merged with acoustic roots, on their deubt CD Certain Truths. Ryan Alfred is best known for his work as the bassist in Calexico, and Katherine Byrnes has sung in Amos Lee’s touring band, as well as leading the University of Arizona’s big band, and maintaining her own solo career. Before appearing at Sam Bond's Garage in Eugene on Wednesday, August 6th, they performed in the KLCC studios in trio form, joined by Colin Shook on the bass.

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Oregon Festival of American Music
6:00 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Siri Vik and Shirley Andress Interpret the Songs of Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland

Shirley Andress and Siri Vik

As part of the Oregon Festival of American Music 2014, Siri Vik  and Shirley Andress interpret the songs of Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland. Their interview with Eric Alan includes recorded music from both Monroe and Garland, and a live a cappella taste of “Get Happy.”

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Tower Theatre
6:00 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Shawn Colvin, from Steady On to the Simpsons

Shawn Colvin
Credit Photo by Michael Wilson

Grammy-award winning songwriter Shawn Colvin speaks with Eric Alan about music from Steady On to her new release All Fall Down, as well as her collaboration with Steve Earle and her appearance on The Simpsons. She will perform at the Tower Theatre in Bend on Tuesday, August 5th.

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Sam Bond's Garage
3:21 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Chris Chandler and Paul Benoit Live at KLCC

Left to right: Paul Benoit, Jarrod Kaplan, Chris Chandler, Eric Alan
Credit Photo by Tiffany Eckert

Chris Chandler and Paul Benoit have uniquely merged performance poetry and storytelling with roots music, over the course of countless shows and two CDs together, the latest of which is Matadors. Chris Chandler also has a new book collection out, called Avoiding Godot. They performed live in the KLCC studios along with percussionist Jarrod Kaplan of My Father's Ghost, before appearing at Sam Bond's Garage in Eugene on Thursday, July 31st.

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