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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John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
3:37 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Black Prairie Live at KLCC

Black Prairie "in the round" in the KLCC studios.
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

The band Black Prairie began as a spin-off from the Decemberists, but has developed an equal life of its own. The band’s sound has moved from instrumental string-band roots into edgier rock territory and vocals in recent times, especially on their fourth and newest CD, Fortune.

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Linn-Benton Community College
6:00 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Bringing Voice to Voiceless Veterans through Tango Mike

A scene from the Sanctuary Stage production of Tango Mike

Tango Mike is a play developed from the stories of local veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and their families’ struggles with PTSD upon their return. Writer and director Dan Stone speaks with Eric Alan, as the play opens at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany.

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Hult Center
6:00 am
Mon November 17, 2014

David Sedaris Waxes Poetic About Optimism, the Mekong Delta, and Haircuts in Eugene

David Sedaris
Credit Photo by Hugh Hamrick

Humorist David Sedaris speaks with Eric Alan about such varied topics as the differences in optimism between the British and Americans, his judgments about a tour guide in the Mekong Delta, and why Eugene is such a great place to get a haircut. David Sedaris appears at the Hult Center on November 20th, touring behind his new book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls.

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Tsunami Books
3:22 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Steve Forbert Live in the KLCC Studios

Steve Forbert
Credit Photo by Alan Messer

Mississippi native Steve Forbert has been crafting albums since 1978’s Alive on Arrival first announced his arrival in New York. It’s now been thirty-five years since the follow-up Jackrabbit Slim brought his greatest hit, “Romeo’s Tune,” and he’s celebrating that anniversary with a tour that stops at Tsunami Books in Eugene this Saturday evening, November 15th. He dropped in to perform live in the KLCC studios.

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Hult Center
6:00 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Searmi Park's First Solo Performance as Eugene Symphony Concertmaster

Searmi Park

On the eve of her first solo performance with the Eugene Symphony, violinist and concertmaster Searmi Park speaks with Eric Alan about Barber’s Violin Concerto, including how soccer helped her to learn its difficult passages, and why relaxation is vital.

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The Jazz Station
3:20 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Toni Lincoln and Tom Grant at KLCC

Tom Grant and Toni Lincoln in the KLCC studios
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

Jazz vocalist Toni Lincoln has just released her self-titled debut CD, more than five decades after she began to sing as a child. Her recorded debut features a number of fine Pacific Northwest players, including pianist Tom Grant, who is a part of Toni Lincoln’s band and produced the album. Before appearing at the Jazz Station in Eugene on Friday, November 7th. Toni Lincoln and Tom Grant visited the KLCC studios to share songs from the CD, and Toni's story of emergence.

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UO School of Music and Dance, Oregon Bach Festival
6:00 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Deep in My Soul Forever Stay, with Matthew Halls

Matthew Halls, artistic director of the Oregon Bach Festival

Matthew Halls, artistic director of the Oregon Bach Festival, speaks with Eric Alan about “Deep in My Soul Forever Stay,” a concert of remembrance for Veterans Day, presented on Sunday, November 9th. The interview includes music from Purcell, MacMillan and Bruckner.

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John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
3:12 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

PROJECT Trio Live at KLCC

PROJECT Trio at KLCC: Eric Stephenson (cello), Peter Seymour (double bass), Greg Pattillo (flute).
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

PROJECT Trio is one of this nation’s most unusual chamber ensembles, merging flute, cello and double bass in ways that extend beyond genres, including elements of classical, jazz, rock, beatboxing and more. They  arrived in Eugene from Brooklyn for a concert at the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts in Eugene on Thursday, November 6th. We welcomed PROJECT Trio into the KLCC studios for a performance, including Greg Pattillo on flute, Eric Stephenson on cello, and Peter Seymour on double bass.

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Axe and Fiddle
3:21 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Calico Live in the KLCC Studios

Calico: Manda Mosher, Kirsten Proffit, Aubrey Richmond
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

Calico, the band, is an Americana trio that includes songwriters Kirsten Proffit, Manda Mosher and Aubrey Richmond. They’re bringing their California country influences to Oregon in several upcoming shows, on tour behind their debut CD Rancho California. In our listening region, they’ll appear in Cottage Grove, Bend and Salem. They’ll also perform in Pistol River, Portland and Hood River, and they joined us live in the KLCC studios.

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Sylvan Ridge Winery
3:22 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Eric John Kaiser Live at KLCC

Eric John Kaiser at KLCC, with Eric Alan and Michael Canning lurking in the background.
Credit Photo by Eric John Kaiser

Eric John Kaiser plays a style of music he calls Parisian Americana, reflecting his French origins and his current Portland residence. He’s touring behind a new CD of songs called Idaho, inspired by his American travels.  Before performing an album release concert at Sylvan Ridge Winery in Eugene on October 30th, he joined us live in the KLCC studios.

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