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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Community Alliance of Lane County presents a dramatic reading of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech A Time to Break Silence on Sunday, April 12th at First Christian Church in Eugene. Carol Horne Dennis and Marion Malcolm give an excerpt of the speech, and talk about its continued relevance in 2015.   

Photo by Eric Alan

The Brothers Comatose bring their high-energy string-driven sound to Sam Bond’s Garage in Eugene this evening, April 8th, and to the Belfry in Sisters on Thursday evening, April 9th. They visited the KLCC studios as a six piece band, including Ben Morrison (guitar and vocals), Alex Morrison (banjo and vocals), Ryan Avellone (mandolin), Gio Benedetti (bass), Philip Brezina (fiddle) and Josh Rabbe (fiddle). Songs and laughter abounded.

Eugene Ballet Company concludes its season with the world premiere of Tommy the Ballet, at the Hult Center in Eugene on Saturday, April 11th and Sunday, April 12th. It merges the Who’s classic rock opera with the original choreography of Toni Pimble, dancing pinball machines, and a live band That entire band visited the KLCC studios, live, along with Eugene Ballet Company’s artistic director and choreographer Toni Pimble, for songs and celebration.

Photo by Robert Luk

Since their formation in Wisconsin in 1983, the BoDeans have been one of the American heartland’s iconic roots rock bands. Bandleader Kurt Neumann speaks with Eric Alan and shares music from their new release, I Can’t Stop, before the band performs at the Shedd in Eugene on Thursday, April 9th. 

Shantala Subramanyam, flute artist from Chennai, India—a master of South Indian Classical music—is in performance at Beall Hall on the UO campus in Eugene this evening, April 3rd. She’ll be in trio with Avaneeswaram S.R. Vinu on violin and percussionist Palakkad Mahesh Kumar. The concert is presented by the UO School of Music and Dance. Her trio visited the KLCC studios for music and conversation.

Photo by Bob Williams

The band Concrete Loveseat is set to release their second album, Breathing and Breaking, with a CD release concert at the Wildish Theater in Springfield on Saturday, April 4th. After their debut CD primarily explored songs from the Great American Songbook, Breathing and Breaking turns to eclectic original material. Rhythm guitarist Marty Chilla and pianist Austin Chevalier visited the KLCC studios to share three songs and conversation with Eric Alan.

(sub)Urban Projections is a two-day digital art and media festival at the Hult Center on April 2nd and 3rd, including a free multi-media event Thursday evening in the lobby, and the world premiere of Quixotic: Gravity of Center in the Silva Concert Hall on Friday. Composer Jeremy Schropp and choreographer Brad Garner of Harmonic Laboratory speak with Eric Alan about the cutting-edge creative festival. 

Oregon State University kicks off its annual Campus Wild project with a talk by John Marzluff, author of Welcome to Subirdia. He speaks with Eric Alan about how birds adapt to such things as traffic noise and Costco, and how we can increase the species diversity of our urban ecosystems. John Marzluff gives a free talk at OSU’s LaSells Stewart Center on Thursday, April 2nd, sponsored by the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature and the Written Word.

Photo by Eric Alan

The Delgani String Quartet is a new ensemble, featuring Wyatt True and Jannie Wei on violin, Morgan O’Shaughnessy on viola, and Kelly Quesada on cello. Delgani will perform twice in upcoming days, including this Sunday, March 29th at the Secret Garden in Eugene in a benefit for the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, and in their official debut on April 7th at United Lutheran Church in Eugene. At the Secret Garden, they’ll be joined by Sharon Schuman as a guest on violin. They debuted in radio style in the SELCO Performance Hall of the KLCC studios.

Photo by Eric Alan

Canadian guitarist Ewan Dobson brings his “Acoustic Metal” tour to the WOW Hall in Eugene Wednesday night, March 25th, with local guitarist Will Brown opening. After his initial inspirations in the worlds of heavy metal and hard rock, Ewan has won major competitions in genres from classical to fingerstyle, and his influences run even farther into the world’s traditional music, techno, trance, and video game music. He’s become a YouTube sensation as well, with tens of millions of views. He joined us live in the KLCC studios for songs and conversation.

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