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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Tsunami Books, Barnes & Noble, Book Bin
6:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Beyond Family Mental Illness with Author Linda Vigen Phillips

Linda Vigen Phillips

Crazy is a young adult novel by Linda Vigen Phillips, based on her experience of growing up in Klamath Falls with a mother suffering mental illness. She speaks to Eric Alan about overcoming the fear of mental illness, and how her book can help the conversation. She will appear in Eugene at Barnes and Noble on October 24th and at Tsunami Books on November 1st, and at the Book Bin in Corvallis on October 25th.

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Sam Bond's Garage
3:22 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Two Man Gentlemen Band Live at KLCC

The Two Man Gentlemen Band, left to right: Fuller "The Councilman" Condon, Andy Bean, and Brian Kantor.
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

The Two Man Gentlemen Band merge vintage swing and other acoustic styles with a wild sense of humor.  Recently, they’ve had their music used on This American Life with Ira Glass, created music for the Disney cartoon series Wander Over Yonder, and released their seventh CD, Enthusiastic Attempts at Hot Swing & String Band Favorites. The two original gentlemen of the band, Andy Bean and Fuller “The Councilman” Condon, were joined by Brian Kantor on percussion in the KLCC studios before performing at Sam Bond's Garage on October 22nd.

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The Jazz Station
6:00 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Bending Genres with Jacqui Naylor

Jacqui Naylor
Credit Photo by Oliver Heinemann

Jacqui Naylor has carved an individual vocal niche with a style that draws deeply from jazz, but also reaches far beyond it. Her most recent CD, Dead Divas Society, pays tribute to departed female vocalists from Ella Fitzgerald to Amy Winehouse and Mama Cass. She’s also created a unique artform in her “acoustic smashers” by combining the lyrics and melody from one song with the groove of another. She’s appearing in trio at the Jazz Station in Eugene on Saturday, October 18th and she joins Eric Alan for conversation and music.

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Grassroots Books and Music
3:17 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Blue Collar Nomad: Jake Kaida and Matthew Tavis Johnson Live at KLCC

Jake Kaida (left) and Matthew Tavis Johnson in the KLCC studios.
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

Jake Kaida and Matthew Tavis Johnson offer an unusual combination of literature and music through their project Blue Collar Nomad. The book by Jake Kaida is subtitled The Literary Reflections of a Grassroots Pilgrim, and features place-based essays and poems from his years on the road as everything from organic farmhand to mentor for at-risk youth. A soundtrack called Wandering by pianist Matthew Tavis Johnson is being released in parallel to the book, and they’re traveling together weaving words and music live.

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Eugene, Lincoln City, Newport, Yachats
3:29 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Blaze and Kelly Live at KLCC

Blaze and Kelly: Mo Kelly (left) and Niccole Blaze (right) in the KLCC studios.
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

Blaze and Kelly are a duo from Idaho that includes Niccole Blaze on guitar and vocals, and Mo Kelly on bass and vocals. They came in to the KLCC studios for songs and conversation in the midst of an Oregon tour, including upcoming appearances at the Arts Northwest Booking Conference, Nana's Irish Pub in Newport, at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, and the Drift Inn in Yachats.

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John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
3:16 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Chris Smither Live at KLCC

Chris Smither recommends supporting KLCC with a pledge, on the final day of KLCC's Fall Radiothon.
Credit Photo by Michael Canning

Chris Smither has been performing and writing songs for a remarkable fifty years now, and on the occasion of that, he’s released a new album called Still on the Levee that showcases new versions of songs from across his career. A tribute CD called Link of Chain has also been released, with people from Bonnie Raitt to Josh Ritter covering Chris Smither’s songs. Before performing at the Jaqua Concert Hall of the Shedd Institute in Eugene tonight at 7:30 p.m., and stopped by the KLCC studios for a performance and interview with Eric Alan.

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Beall Hall, UO
6:00 am
Fri October 3, 2014

DaXun Zhang and Kelly Kuo, Opening the Oregon Mozart Players Season

DaXun Zhang

Renowned double bassist DaXun Zhang and Kelly Kuo, artistic director of the Oregon Mozart Players, join Eric Alan to discuss their season-opening performances this weekend. Zhang is one of a family of eight bass players in China; he has performed extensively with YoYo Ma and others.

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Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
6:00 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Exploring Marriage Equality and Identity in This Hour Forward

This Hour Forward is a gallery installation with performance by Ryan Conarro, inspired by the marriage of his brother and the Supreme Court’s reading of the Defense of Marriage Act. He speaks with Eric Alan about issues of gender identity and equality, before performing at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

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On the Road
6:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Coffee with Cooper: Cancer, Stories and Hope

Cooper in Eugene, where by chance he crossed paths with KLCC's Eric Alan and Michael Canning.
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

Coffee with Cooper is a cross-country story gathering project by a Missouri cancer patient named Cooper. He’s spending forty weeks in forty cities, with the intention of turning the resulting stories and experiences into a book. While spending a week in Eugene, Cooper speaks with Eric Alan about illness, hope and the remarkable people he’s met.

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Wayne Morse Center, UO
6:00 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Line of Fire: Cartooning's Political Impact

Political cartoonist and Pulitzer Prize finalist Jack Ohman presents the talk Line of Fire: Cartooning’s Political Impact at the UO’s Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics. He speaks with Eric Alan about the unique journalistic form of cartoons and the reaction they bring, including how his Rick Perry cartoon resulted in death threats. 

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