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.

Ways To Connect

Wordcrafters in Eugene presents its annual conference at the Eugene Hilton this Friday through Sunday, March 20th through 22nd. Acclaimed novelist and keynote presenter Gail Tsukiyama speaks with Eric Alan about establishing a book’s voice, the essential nature of time and place, and always telling the truth.

The Opal Center for Arts and Education in Cottage Grove presents the School Daze Movie Festival on Saturday, March 21st. It presents the work of student filmmakers from seventeen states and four countries. Curator Allan Katz and 17-year-old filmmaker Hope Alexander speak with Eric Alan about the vibrant and changing form of movies.

Actor’s Cabaret of Eugene presents Wild Party, a musical set in 1928, during a wild party in Manhattan at the height of the jazz age. Director Colleen Darnall Dietz and actress Jenny Parks speak with Eric Alan about bringing the wild party to life.

365 Women A Year is an international theater project, with playwrights creating one-act plays about exceptional women in history. As part of the Northwest Festival of Ten Minute Plays, four readings of new plays will take place Eugene, on Saturday, March 28th. Director/playwright Connie Bennett—also Executive Producer of NW10—speaks to Eric Alan about reclaiming the voices of historically significant women through theater.

Photo by Eric Alan

The Oregon Guitar Trio includes David Kelley, Matt Gwinup and David Rogers. They present a performance called Music through the Ages at First United Methodist Church in Eugene on Sunday, March 15th. The repertoire will include pieces from Brazilian, minimalist, baroque, jazz and video game music traditions. The Oregon Guitar Trio stopped by the KLCC studios to share an original tune, a song from a modern Russian woman composer, and the theme from Super Mario Brothers.

Shari Ulrich Live at KLCC

Mar 12, 2015

Shari Ulrich has been one of Canada’s pre-eminent folksingers and multi-instrumentalists, since emigrating from California during the time of the Vietnam War. She’s a two-time JUNO Award winner, inducted into the British Columbia Entertainment Hall of Fame, and was named the 2014 Songwriter of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. She will perform at Tsunami Books in Eugene on Friday, March 13th, with her children Julia Graff and Mike Magee; she’ll also perform in Corvallis on March 19th in the Southtown Concert Series.

Double bassist and composer Edgar Meyer has followed an eclectic musical path, from his solo classical performances to his diverse collaborations with everyone from Chris Thile to Yo-Yo Ma and many others. While in Eugene for a classically-focused solo concert at the Jacqua Concert Hall of the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts in Eugene on Wednesday, March 11th, he visited the KLCC studios for an interview, including bringing previously unreleased music to share.

The Oregon Country Fair and Culture Jam present a weekend workshop for teenagers called “Catch the Fire! Becoming a Creative Changemaker,” at Petersen Barn in Eugene, March 13th through 15th. Eric Alan speaks with Robin Bernardi, OCF’s Youth Program Director, and Culture Jam participant Cash McAllister about this new workshop.

As the 100th birthday of French vocalist Edith Piaf nears, Siri Vik presents La Mome: Piaf 100--three evenings of song honoring her music and life. It will be in a cabaret-style setting, as many of Piaf’s own performances were. Siri Vik’s performance will be in the Jacqua Concert Hall of the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts in Eugene, Friday through Sunday, March 6th through 8th. Siri Vik joins Eric Alan in the KLCC studios.

Photo by Eric Alan

Keller Williams has walked a uniquely eclectic musical path, frequently accompanied in his live shows by only his guitar and loop machines, though his band collaborations have been diverse and many. He’s about to release his twentieth CD, Vape, which includes appearances by Sam Grisman and the Travelin' McCourys.  At the moment, he’s touring with the Infamous Stringdusters, who reach adventurously beyond bluegrass. Their double bill stops at the McDonald Theatre in Eugene on Thursday, March 5th. Keller Williams joined us in the KLCC studios for songs and conversation.

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