Eric Alan

Music, Arts & Culture Host

Eric Alan is KLCC’s music, arts and culture host. 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

Wordcrafters in Eugene

Feb 28, 2014

The first Wordcrafters in Eugene writers’ conference will be held at the Eugene Hilton from March 7th through 9th, with a particular focus on fiction. Author Elizabeth Engstrom, a conference organizer, joins Eric Alan in the KLCC studios to preview the conference.

The Eugene Concert Choir presents Faure’s Requiem   at the Hult Center in Eugene on Saturday, March 1st, joined by the Oregon Mozart Players and guest vocalists Sharla Nafziger and Anton Belov. Diane Retallack, Artistic and Executive Director of the Eugene Concert Choir, speaks with Eric Alan.

Saxophonist, vocalist and songwriter Grace Kelly has already had a very accomplished career. She’s released eight albums, and played with a range of jazz luminaries from Dave Brubeck to Wynton Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr. Now, at the age of 21, her new album Live at Scullers is her most vocally-oriented release, and finds her stretching more beyond jazz. Before performing at the Jaqua Concert Hall in Eugene, she joined Eric Alan in the KLCC studios for music and conversation.

Syndicated humor columnist Ned Hickson has been awarded “Best Local Column” from both the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He celebrates the release of his book, Humor at the Speed of Life, with a roasting at the Florence Playhouse on February 28th. He speaks with Eric Alan about the Winter Olympics, the Academy Awards, and how blowing things out of proportion helps give perspective.

David Wilcox Live at KLCC

Feb 21, 2014
Photo by Isabel A. Zacharias

Songwriter, storyteller and dedicated bicyclist David Wilcox has hit the road from North Carolina, to celebrate the release of his 18th album, Blaze. He begins his West Coast tour on Friday night, February 21st at the WOW Hall in Eugene, with Justin Farren opening. David Wilcox joined us live in the KLCC studios, for songs and conversation.

Country music vocalist Suzy Bogguss interprets the songs of Merle Haggard on her latest CD Lucky, continuing a long career that has featured platinum and gold albums, a Grammy award and a command performance at the White House. She’ll perform at The Belfry in Sisters on Friday, February 21st, and joins Eric Alan to talk about all things Merle.

Imani Winds

Feb 14, 2014

The Grammy-nominated classical quintet Imani Winds takes a musically adventurous approach, including elements of jazz, African, Latin and other musical traditions. Music from Stravinsky and beyond illustrates, as Valerie Coleman speaks to Eric Alan about the quintet’s vision, in advance of their concert at Beall Hall on the UO campus on Sunday, February 16th.

Oregon Winterfest

Feb 13, 2014

The annual Oregon Winterfest will be held in the Old Mill District of Bend this weekend, from Friday February 14th through Sunday, February 16th. It includes three days of winter-themed events, from a rail jam for snowboarders and skiers, to snow warrior races, artisan fire pits, music, food, and more. It’s all a benefit for Saving Grace, an organization that provides comprehensive family violence and sexual assault services. An interview with Aaron Schweitzer, producer of Oregon Winterfest.

The Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature and the Written Word presents a free symposium entitled Transformation without Apocalypse: How to Live Well On an Altered Planet. It will be held at Oregon State University on February 14th and 15th. Keynote speaker Sarah van Gelder, co-founder and editor of Yes! Magazine, speaks with Eric Alan about the nature of transformation, and the positive ones already taking place.  

Eugene Ballet Company presents two diverse events in February. First, Scheherazade and Bolero, with live music by Orchestra Next. Then, they’ll host Ailey II—the junior dance company of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater—for performances in Eugene and Salem. Toni Pimble, artistic director of Eugene Ballet Company, joins Eric Alan in the KLCC studios.

Sol Seed, Live at KLCC

Feb 6, 2014

Sol Seed will bring their positive mix of reggae, rock, hip hop and more to the KLCC MicroBrew Festival at the Lane Events Center in Eugene Friday night, February 7th at 7:30. They’ve been voted the Best Band in Eugene two years in a row in the annual Eugene Weekly Readers Poll, as well as winning the Weekly’s “Next Big Thing” contest this year. They have a new CD coming soon called Family Tree. They stopped in to the KLCC studios to play a few songs and spin just a taste of another song from their new CD.

Nearly fifty years into his recording career, Boz Scaggs is making some of his best soul music. He’ll appear at the Hult Center in Eugene on February 8th, touring behind his new CD Memphis. Music new and old from Boz, mixed with his conversation with Eric Alan about the magic of recording where Al Green did, forays into jazz, and the mix of music in Saturday’s show. 

Seven local songwriters will perform during the Winter Songwriter’s Showcase at Tsunami Books in Eugene on February 9th, hosted by Phoebe Blume. She’s also releasing her new CD, Congregation of One. Music from her new release, and conversation with Eric Alan.

Grammy-winning cabaret vocalist and comedienne Lady Rizo returns from New York for a performance in her hometown of Newport, on February 9th. She has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma and Moby, and leads her own band on the new CD Violet. She speaks with Eric Alan about her homecoming concert.

The Michigan band Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys merge bluegrass, swing and other elements, with beautiful vocal harmonies and exceptional instrumental skill. On the road on their Here Between tour, they visited the KLCC studios a couple of songs in the midst of gigs in Lincoln City, Cottage Grove and Eugene.

The acoustic Portland quintet called The Moonshine stopped into the KLCC studios before a performance at the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove and a California tour. They played two original songs from their debut CD "And Now... The Moonshine," along with a take on the traditional "Cuckoo," as well as sharing a song from their CD.

The 10th annual Open Lens Festival brings Oregon filmmakers and their short films to the UO Baker Center in Eugene on February 1st. Film reviewer and seminar leader Doug Hennessy speaks with Eric Alan about the changing filmmaking landscape, and his controversial list of the best films ever made. 

The Oregon Humanities Center presents speaker Craig Childs, author of Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth, and a regular contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition. He talks with Eric Alan about beginnings and endings, and why Iowa was the most extreme landscape of extinction he found.

The 20th annual Dance for a Reason benefit performance brings an eclectic array of dancers together at the Hult Center on Friday, January 24th, as a benefit for the Lane County School Garden Project. Eric Alan speaks with Dance for a Reason founder Geni Morrow and John Moriarty, Executive Director of the School Garden Project.

To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the University of Oregon Gospel Choirs and Ensembles will give a free concert Monday afternoon at Beall Hall. Andiel Brown, director of the UO Gospel Choirs and Ensembles, speaks with Eric Alan about the music, Dr. King’s legacy, and how it relates to the gospel choirs’ groundbreaking trip to China last spring.

The Twelfth Annual Winter Folk Festival will be held in the Florence Events Center this Saturday and Sunday, January 18th and 19th. Music from John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Brothers Four and 2-Bit Palomino, plus an interview with Hal Weiner, director of the the Winter Folk Festival.

The tenth anniversary of Presidential candidate Howard Dean’s infamous career-damaging scream is  Sunday, January 19th. Elena Passarello honors this scream, alongside those of Marlon Brando and Roger Daltrey, and the famous Wilhelm Scream, which has been used in 350 movies. Elena Passarello is an Oregon Book Award finalist for her book of essays on the human voice, Let Me Clear My Throat. She was the first woman to win the annual Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest in New Orleans, and teaches at Oregon State University.

The Language Archive

Jan 16, 2014

The Very Little Theatre presents The Language Archive, from January 17th through February 1st. The play is centered around a specialist in dying languages who has trouble with the language of his own life. Director James Aday and assistant director/actress Nancy Hopps join Eric Alan to talk about listening and the language of love.

Austin Jenckes originally hails from the small town of Duvall, Washington, although in recent times he’s been centered in Nashville, and has gained national attention this past year through his appearances as a finalist on NBC’s hit TV show The Voice. Back in the Pacific Northwest for a tour with Seattle band Cody Beebe and the Crooks, he stopped by the KLCC studios with Cody Beebe and Skyler Mehal for an in-studio performance and interview with Eric Alan.

As Martin Luther King Jr. Day approaches, author R. Gregory Nokes reflects on the legacy of slavery in Oregon, through his book Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory. The book has just been named as an Oregon Book Award finalist. Greg Nokes will speak in Newport and Lincoln City on January 18th and 19th.  He is interviewed here by Eric Alan.

American Luminosity: Our Poets, Our Composers, Our Art is a multi-media concert at Beall Hall on Friday, January 10th, featuring music by soprano Laura Decher Wayte, pianist Nathalie Fortin , and a string trio. It will include musical adaptations of poems by Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson and others. The stage will feature related art by Helen Liu. Eric Alan speaks with Laura Decher Wayte and Helen Liu about the unique collaboration.

Oregon Contemporary Theatre begins 2014 by presenting Nina Raine’s award-winning play Tribes in the Lord Leebrick Playhouse, January 10th through February 1st. The play explores language, hierarchy and the subtle tribes of which we’re all a part. Eric Alan is joined in the KLCC studios by actor Joe Cronin, one of the founders of Portland’s Artists Repertory Theatre, and Tribes’ director Craig Willis, also artistic director of OCT.

Kattail Live at KLCC

Jan 8, 2014
Photo by Eric Alan

Singer/songwriter Kattail spent several years living in the Willamette Valley, and is now living in Venice Beach, California. Touring behind her self-titled debut CD, which includes a song about Cottage Grove, she stopped in the KLCC studios for a performance in advance of local gigs at Tiny Tavern, Ninkasi Brewing and Hot Mama's Chicken Wings.

Photo by Eric Alan

Seattle soul songwriter Whitney Monge visited the KLCC studios to perform a few songs, in advance of her show at Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove on Thursday evening, January 7th. Here she plays live, and talks with Eric Alan about busking in Seattle, her impending trip to the Redwoods, and refining her sound in the studio in the process of creating her new album.

Verdi’s once-controversial opera La Traviata has become an enduring standard. Eric Alan speaks with Andrew Bisantz  and Mark Beudert  about the Eugene Opera’s presentation of La Traviata, including the star power of soprano Leah Partridge, and why Verdi’s musical approach was revolutionary.