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

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Patchy Sanders is a folk orchestra based in Ashland, Oregon. In the first year of their existence, they've already recorded their debut album, Patchy Sanders and the Wild Peach Forest, with producer Sylvia Massy (responsible for albums ranging from Tool to Prince to Johnny Cash). They're also looking forward to a busy summer of west coast festivals and beyond. Before performing at Cozmic in Eugene on Thursday, May 15th, they visited the KLCC studios for a few songs and conversation with Eric Alan. 

Tim Mueller, Secretary/Treasurer of KindTree-Autism Rocks, speaks with Eric Alan about the unique issues the autistic face, why art is frequently such a vital outlet, and the atmosphere of acceptance at this Saturday’s benefit event, The Prom, which will be held at the Vet's Club Ballroom in Eugene.

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The Lovebirds are the San Diego-based duo of Lindsay White and Veronica May, bringing their solid songs and harmonies to original music with elements of pop, folk and beyond. Their latest CD, Breakup Shmakeup, features songs about their journey of parting as a romantic couple in order to better stay a musical one. Before performing live at Black Forest in Eugene on May 13th, they joined Eric Alan in the KLCC studios for songs and conversation.

Furthur Rides Again

May 13, 2014

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters’ voyage across the U.S.—one of the most famous bus trips ever. Zane Kesey and a new crew of pranksters will celebrate in July, with a new trip. Eric Alan has the story, including an interview with Zane Kesey and original Acid Test recordings.

Bohemian Dub Ball

May 9, 2014

A look at the Bohemian Dub Ball, an ambitious and multidisciplinary event at the Hult Center on Saturday, May 10th. It will feature electronic artists paired with a thirty-piece concert orchestra, dance, visual artists and more. Our guests are Calyn Kelly from the Community Center for the Performing Arts, JoJo Ferreira from Medium Troy, and Jeremy Schropp from Harmonic Laboratory.

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Early music vocal ensemble Vox Resonat presents "Springtime in Paris," bringing French songs from the Middle Ages and the early Renaissance periods--all celebrating spring, nature and love--to the Central Lutheran Church in Eugene on Saturday, May 10th. Vox Resonat joined Eric Alan in the SELCO Performance Hall of the KLCC studios, including founder and director Eric Mentzel, vocalists Heather Holmquest, Emily Hopkins, and Ryan Dixon, and instrumentalists David Rogers on lute, Laura Zaerr on medieval harp, and Adam Dunson on percussion.

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Texas native Sarah Jarosz has built a remarkable music career, after signing with Sugar Hill Records at age sixteen. Seven years later, she has three albums to her credit, including the latest, Build Me Up from Bones, which was nominated for a Grammy Award this year for Best Folk Album. The title track also received a nomination for Best American Roots Song. The CD features her regular trio, including Corvallis native Alex Hargreaves on the violin, and Nathaniel Smith on the cello.

Tibetan refugee Lady Jangchup Palmo--also known as Amala, or Honored Mother--lived a meditative life in caves after Chinese invaders killed her family. She escaped and eventually moved to Cottage Grove, where she now faces cancer. She was instrumental in arranging the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Eugene last year. She will give a talk called “Transforming Adversity into Opportunity” on the LCC campus on Thursday evening.  She speaks to Eric Alan, with the assistance of her son and translator, Lama Jigme Rinpoche.

Carol Burnett stands as one of the all-time legends of comedy, and at 81 years old she’s still as vibrant as ever. Before her May 7th Hult Center show, she speaks with Eric Alan about her comedic career, including the time a Tarzan yell nearly got her killed, and what she would’ve done if she was Osama bin Laden for 24 hours.

Shook Twins Live at KLCC

May 2, 2014
Photo by Eric Alan

Identical twins Laurie and Katelyn Shook are celebrating the release of the new Shook Twins CD, What We Do, with a performance at the McDonald Theatre in Eugene on Friday, May 2nd. They dropped by the KLCC studios to perform a few songs, along with Anna Tivel on violin and Niko Dauossis on mandolin (on Niko's birthday). A good time was had by all, especially with the magnifying glass.

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