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

Astrophysicist and author Janna Levin will give this year’s Cressman Lecture for the Oregon Humanities Center, entitled “From the Big Bang to Black Holes: Time, the Universe and Everything,” on the UO campus on February 19th. She speaks with Eric Alan about whether the universe is solid or infinite, whether cosmic insignificance is comforting, and how that affects us as humans on Earth. 

Mbrascatu Live at KLCC

Feb 13, 2015
Photo by Eric Alan

The band Mbrascatu creates a unique mix of the sounds of Italy and Portland, led by the vocals and songs of Andrea Algieri. They released their second CD, Tempo, in 2014 and they’re out touring now with two shows in the KLCC listening region. Friday evening, February 13th, they’re at the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove, and they’ll appear at Sam Bond’s Garage in Eugene on Saturday, February 14th—Valentine’s Day. Two of the five band members (Andrea Algieri and John Sabestinas) joined us for an acoustic set in the KLCC studios.

ArtCore is a new arts education program to be implemented in five Lane County Schools, through a partnership between the Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC), Lane Arts Council, the Springfield Public Schools and others. Ross Anderson, Senior Lead Researcher at EPIC, and Liora Sponko, executive director of Lane Arts Council, speak with Eric Alan about the $2.2 million program.

Photo by Eric Alan

Over the Rhine is the musical duo of Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist, named after the Ohio neighborhood in which they met. They’ve shared their music and lives for over twenty-five years now, creating a series of consistently beautiful and eloquent albums, including the double CD Meet Me at the Edge of the World, with producer Joe Henry, and their recent holiday CD, Blood Oranges in the Snow. Before performing in the Jaqua Concert Hall of the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts in Eugene this evening, Over the Rhine joined us in the KLCC studios live.

Photo by Eric McNatt

Dance 2015, the UO’s annual faculty dance recital, features new choreography by New York-based choreographer Michelle Boulé, recipient of the UO’s Boekelheide Award. Michelle Boulé and Associate Professor of Dance Walter Kennedy speak with Eric Alan about dance and its joy. Dance 2015 happens February 12th-14th in the Robinson Theatre on the UO campus.

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art presents a hand-drawn animated installation by performance artist and experimental filmmaker Laura Heit called “Two Ways Down,” through March 29th. It draws inspiration from the painting “The Garden of Earthly Delights” by Hieronymus Bosch, and uses everything from thrown shadows to human-animal hybrids. Laura Heit will present animations and a talk at the JSMA on February 11th, as part of the Schnitzer Cinema series, and she joins Eric Alan in the KLCC studios.

Sol Seed Live at KLCC

Feb 6, 2015
Photo by Eric Alan

The KLCC Microbrew Festival kicks off at the Lane Events Center Friday afternoon, February 6th at 5 p.m., featuring 175 beers from over 70 breweries, as well as a giant music sale and other festivities. The featured band Friday evening will be Eugene’s own Sol Seed, who start at 7:30 p.m. They’ll also perform at the Kenneth B. Gallery in Florence on Saturday, February 7th. They visited the KLCC studios to perform two songs live, and spin one from their CD Family Tree.

The featured band on Saturday night at KLCC’s Microbrew Festival is Jelly Bread, a high-energy band from Reno who merge funk with rock and Americana. Guitarist Dave Berry speaks with Eric Alan about their unique and funky musical stew.  Jelly Bread also performs in Bend on Friday evening, at the Volcanic Theatre Pub.

Jesse Cook Live at KLCC

Feb 4, 2015
Photo by Eric Alan

Guitarist, composer and producer Jesse Cook has been merging aspects of flamenco music with a globally diverse range of textures, since his first CD Tempest launched his international career twenty years ago. About ten albums and 11 Juno Nominations later, he performs at the McDonald Theatre in Eugene on Wednesday, February 4th, in advance of the release of his new album One World in April. He joined Eric Alan in the KLCC studios, along with second guitarist Nick Hernandez.

Photo by Eric Alan

Las Cafeteras is a band merging the sounds and traditional instruments of the Son Jarocho folk music of Mexico with the feel of the modern East Los Angeles streets. They’re bringing their socially and politically conscious urban folk music to the WOW Hall in Eugene this Wednesday evening, February 4th, and all seven of them joined us in the KLCC studios for songs and stories.

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