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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Photo by Milton H. Greene

Milton H. Greene was one of the most celebrated photographers of the first half of the twentieth century, including his iconic images of Marilyn Monroe. His archives are cared for by his son, Joshua Greene at Archive Images in Florence, and a framed print of one of those images is being given away as part of KLCC’s Happy Birthday, Marilyn fundraiser on Monday, June 1st. Joshua Greene speaks to Eric Alan about the stories behind the photographs.

The spring concert of the Women’s Choral Society of Eugene marks both its 80th anniversary season, and its last performance with music director Jim Steinberger, who’s retiring after 24 years. He speaks with Eric Alan about the group, its aims and his experience, before the performance at the UO’s Beall Hall on May 29th. 

Photo by Eric Alan

Portland songwriter Casey Neill has brought his socially conscious and eclectic music to the world for twenty years now, and his current band the Norway Rats are touring behind their most recent CD All You Pretty Vandals, produced by Chris Funk of the Decemberists. Before bringing a full-band show to the Axe and Fiddle tonight in Cottage Grove on Friday, May 22nd, they visited the KLCC studios for songs and conversation.

Photo by Eric Alan

The Evangenitals are a thoroughly eclectic band founded by playwright and director Juli Crockett, along with jazz and gospel vocalist Lisa Dee. They make music that has been described as ranging from truck-stop lullabies to Klezmer-punk-jazz, ballads & barn-burners to hillbilly stomp. On their new album, Moby Dick: Or, the Album, they’ve brought Herman Melville’s classic novel into the musical realm.

Eugene and Kathmandu have had a sister city relationship for forty years. As part of local efforts to aid Nepal’s earthquake survivors, there will be a benefit on Sunday, May 24th, featuring music, dance and speakers. Proceeds will benefit the global relief project called Embracing the World. Eric Alan speaks with Arun Toké, event organizer and editor of Skipping Stones magazine.

Photo by Eric Alan

Tony Furtado brings new songs, and his mastery of slide guitar and banjo to a house concert in Eugene tonight, May 15th, where he'll joined by bassist Sam Howard. Tony is celebrating the release of his seventeenth album, The Bell. Tony Furtado and Sam Howard visited the KLCC studios for songs and conversation.

Muriel Miguel is director and co-founder of Spiderwoman Theater Company, the oldest Native women’s theater ensemble in North America. She speaks with Eric Alan about using theater and storytelling to shed light on issues such as violence against women, and gay and lesbian relationships in Native nations. She’s in residence at the UO from May 10th to 16th.

Photo by Eric Alan

Fiddler Hanneke Cassel returns to the Shedd in Eugene on Friday evening, May 8th, for a trio performance with Christopher Lewis on guitar and Mike Block on cello, who’s performed with everyone from Yo-Yo Ma to Bobby McFerrin and Mark O’Connor. Hanneke Cassel’s trio merges Scottish style instrumentals with influences from the American to the Chinese, and a Chinese saying provides the title to their latest release, Dot the Dragon’s Eyes. They performed live in the KLCC studios.

An interview with Geshe Thupten Jinpa Langri, creator of the Compassion Cultivation Training program at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, director of the Mind and Life Institute, and the translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His talk,“Fearlessness and Compassion: Cultivating the Courage to Transform the World,” will be at Lane Community College on Sunday, May 10th.

Photo by Scott Eason

Author Diana Abu-Jaber is the keynote speaker for the 4th Annual Northwest Women’s Writers Symposium, with its theme of “Our Daily Bread: Women’s Stories of Food and Resilience.” She speaks with Eric Alan before her talk on Thursday, May 7th at the Downtown Eugene Public Library. The symposium runs from Thursday, May 7th through Saturday, May 9th, sponsored by the UO Center for the Study of Women in Society.

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