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.

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Dirty Bourbon River Show bring their high energy mix of New Orleans styles to Sam Bond’s Garage in Eugene tonight, July 9th, merging everything from brass to piano ballads, blues and rock edges. They’re touring from New Orleans behind their latest CD, Important Things Humans Should Know, and they brought the full six-piece ensemble to the KLCC studios for songs, stories, and even a little sage advice. 

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Over the course of fourteen albums and a decade of touring the world, John Craigie has merged wit and observation in his mix of music and storytelling, which continues in his latest CD Working on My Farewell. He has several upcoming local appearances, including at the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove tonight, July 8th, at the Oregon Country Fair, and in Florence at the Kenneth B. Gallery on July 15th. He’ll also be up at Horning’s Hideout for the Northwest String Summit on July 17th. He visited the KLCC studios for songs and conversation.

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Martin Prechtel is the author of The Smell of Rain on Dust: Grief and Praise, which brings his Indigenous perspectives to a path for the embrace of grief, and a way to transform it to a healthy praise for life. He speaks with Eric Alan, before a book release event at Tsunami Books on Tuesday, June 30th.

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Banning Eyre is a multi-faceted creative artist, including his roles as author, guitarist, and senior editor and producer of the syndicated public radio program AfroPop Worldwide. His latest book is Lion Songs: Thomas Mapfumo and the Music that Made Zimbabwe—focused on an African cultural icon who is now in exile, and a resident of Eugene.

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To celebrate the opening of the 2015 Oregon Bach Festival, KLCC hosted an hour-long special live broadcast in the SELCO Performance Hall of the KLCC studios on Wednesday evening, June 24th. Three different ensembles from OBF's new Berwick Academy for Historical Performance performed music from Boccherini, Heinichen and Schubert in front of a live studio audience. The broadcast was hosted by KLCC's Eric Alan and OBF's John Steinmetz. It also included thoughts from OBF Artistic Director Matthew Halls. It was an inspiring session, now available here for on-demand listening.

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.

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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.

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