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. 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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Tower Theatre
3:34 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Betty and the Boy Live at KLCC

Bettreena Jaeger and Josh Harvey of Betty and the Boy
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

Betty and the Boy are now a string quintet, led by Bettreena Jaeger and Josh Harvey, joined by Michelle Whitlock (violin), Nanci McDonald (cello) and Jon Conlon (upright bass). They have just released their second CD, The Wreckage, produced by Billy Barnett at Gung Ho Studios in Eugene. Before performing CD release shows in Bend at the Tower Theatre on Saturday, May 17th, and in Eugene on May 24th, they visited the KLCC studios for three live songs and one from the new album.

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Eugene Saturday Market
6:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Stick Against Stone: Eugene Saturday Market Recording Released After 30 Years

The Pittsburgh band Stick Against Stone merged punk with global rhythms. They moved to Eugene in the mid-1980s, and recorded a show at Eugene’s Saturday Market in 1985 just now being released on CD as The Oregon Bootleg Tapes. Now a new version of the band, the Stick Against Stone Orechestra, is getting national attention. Eric Alan talks to Will Kreth about the music and politics then and now. 

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Cozmic
3:32 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Patchy Sanders Live at KLCC

Patchy Sanders. Left to right: Jacqui Aubert, Dan Sherrill, Dani Aubert, Sara Wilbur, Ian Van Ornum, Eric Jones
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

Patchy Sanders is a folk orchestra based in Ashland, Oregon. In the first year of their existence, they've already recorded their debut album, Patchy Sanders and the Wild Peach Forest, with producer Sylvia Massy (responsible for albums ranging from Tool to Prince to Johnny Cash). They're also looking forward to a busy summer of west coast festivals and beyond. Before performing at Cozmic in Eugene on Thursday, May 15th, they visited the KLCC studios for a few songs and conversation with Eric Alan. 

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Vet's Club
6:00 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Autism Rocks the Vet's Club Ballroom

Students with disabilities learn how to make necklaces, through the KindTree-Autism Rocks STiLE program.

Tim Mueller, Secretary/Treasurer of KindTree-Autism Rocks, speaks with Eric Alan about the unique issues the autistic face, why art is frequently such a vital outlet, and the atmosphere of acceptance at this Saturday’s benefit event, The Prom, which will be held at the Vet's Club Ballroom in Eugene.

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Black Forest
3:19 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

The Lovebirds Live at KLCC

The Lovebirds: Lindsay White (left) and Veronica May (right).
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

The Lovebirds are the San Diego-based duo of Lindsay White and Veronica May, bringing their solid songs and harmonies to original music with elements of pop, folk and beyond. Their latest CD, Breakup Shmakeup, features songs about their journey of parting as a romantic couple in order to better stay a musical one. Before performing live at Black Forest in Eugene on May 13th, they joined Eric Alan in the KLCC studios for songs and conversation.

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On the Road to Never Ever Land
6:00 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Furthur Rides Again

Zane Kesey and friends with Furthur.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters’ voyage across the U.S.—one of the most famous bus trips ever. Zane Kesey and a new crew of pranksters will celebrate in July, with a new trip. Eric Alan has the story, including an interview with Zane Kesey and original Acid Test recordings.

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Hult Center
6:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Bohemian Dub Ball

Medium Troy with Harmonic Laboratory.

A look at the Bohemian Dub Ball, an ambitious and multidisciplinary event at the Hult Center on Saturday, May 10th. It will feature electronic artists paired with a thirty-piece concert orchestra, dance, visual artists and more. Our guests are Calyn Kelly from the Community Center for the Performing Arts, JoJo Ferreira from Medium Troy, and Jeremy Schropp from Harmonic Laboratory.

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Central Lutheran Church
3:29 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Vox Resonat Brings Early Paris in the Spring to KLCC

Vox Resonat at KLCC. Left to right: Eric Mentzel, Emily Hopkins, Laura Zaerr, Ryan Hopkins and Adam Dunson. (Not pictured: Heather Holmquest.)
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

Early music vocal ensemble Vox Resonat presents "Springtime in Paris," bringing French songs from the Middle Ages and the early Renaissance periods--all celebrating spring, nature and love--to the Central Lutheran Church in Eugene on Saturday, May 10th. Vox Resonat joined Eric Alan in the SELCO Performance Hall of the KLCC studios, including founder and director Eric Mentzel, vocalists Heather Holmquest, Emily Hopkins, and Ryan Dixon, and instrumentalists David Rogers on lute, Laura Zaerr on medieval harp, and Adam Dunson on percussion.

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Rogue Theatre, Corvallis High School
3:33 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Sarah Jarosz Live at KLCC

Sarah Jarosz and Alex Hargreaves at KLCC. (Not pictured: Nathaniel Smith on cello.)
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

Texas native Sarah Jarosz has built a remarkable music career, after signing with Sugar Hill Records at age sixteen. Seven years later, she has three albums to her credit, including the latest, Build Me Up from Bones, which was nominated for a Grammy Award this year for Best Folk Album. The title track also received a nomination for Best American Roots Song. The CD features her regular trio, including Corvallis native Alex Hargreaves on the violin, and Nathaniel Smith on the cello.

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Lane Community College
6:00 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Transforming Adversity into Opportunity

Lady Palmo (right) with His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Tibetan refugee Lady Jangchup Palmo--also known as Amala, or Honored Mother--lived a meditative life in caves after Chinese invaders killed her family. She escaped and eventually moved to Cottage Grove, where she now faces cancer. She was instrumental in arranging the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Eugene last year. She will give a talk called “Transforming Adversity into Opportunity” on the LCC campus on Thursday evening.  She speaks to Eric Alan, with the assistance of her son and translator, Lama Jigme Rinpoche.

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