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

Saxophonist Joe Manis has made a name for himself, not only in the world of jazz, but through performances and collaborations that have reached into the realms of classical and world music, and even comedy. He celebrates the release of his jazz trio CD The Golden Mean with a concert at Sam Bond’s Garage in Eugene on Friday evening, October 9th. He will appear that night in trio with George Colligan on the organ and Charlie Doggett on drums. He speaks with Eric Alan.

Photo by Jessika Kaiser

Violinist Bella Hristova visits the KLCC studios to perform a solo piece from her native Bulgaria, and to talk about her performance on Saturday, October 3rd with the Oregon Mozart Players, where she will be the featured soloist on Mozart’s “Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major.” She has achieved international stardom before the age of thirty.   

Political cartoonist and Pulitzer Prize finalist Ted Rall speaks with Eric Alan about his new graphic novel Snowden, which explores the motivations and dilemmas of Edward Snowden in his decision to reveal classified NSA documents. As part of Banned Books Week, Ted Rall will give a free illustrated talk at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on Saturday, October 3rd at 2 p.m.

Cartoonist Dan Piraro has been drawing the award-winning Bizarro for 31 years. He will give an illustrated talk to begin Banned Books Week at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on Sunday, September 27th at 2 p.m. He speaks with Eric Alan about hidden upside down birds, the inspiration of Alfred Hitchcock, and the future of comics in the digital age.

Run Boy Run, Live at KLCC

Sep 24, 2015
Photo by Eric Alan

Run Boy Run returns to the KLCC listening region from Arizona, bringing a progressive take on bluegrass that  weaves elements of everything from old-time Americana to classical and jazz. Garrison Keillor wrote the liner notes for their debut So Sang the Whippoorwill, and their second CD Something to Someone was recorded in the Pacific Northwest, and recently released on vinyl. Run Boy Run performs on Thursday, September 24th, at the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove, and they visited the SELCO Performance Hall of the KLCC studios for songs and conversation.

The Eugene Symphony celebrates its fiftieth anniversary with the 2015/2016 season, featuring a special range of performances, including return appearances from conductors Marin Alsop, Giancarlo Guerrero and Miguel Harth-Bedoya. Music director and conductor Danail Rachev previews the season with Eric Alan.

Stupid F---ing Bird

Sep 11, 2015

Oregon Contemporary Theatre presents the Northwest Premiere of Stupid F---ing Bird—a wild revision of Chekhov’s The Seagull, adapted by playwright Aaron Posner (“POSE-nurr”). Eric Alan speaks with OCT’s Artistic Director Craig Willis about love triangles, seagulls and theatre. The play runs from Friday, September 11th, through October 3rd.

Music and conversation with blues pianist, vocalist and songwriter Marcia Ball, who has earned multiple Grammy nominations, six Living Blues awards, and a place in both the Louisiana and Gulf Coast Halls of Fame. She performs at the Shedd in Eugene on Thursday evening, September 10th.

Photo by Eric Alan

Lane Arts Council presents Fiesta Cultural, a county-wide initiative that celebrates Latino arts and culture. It will include events in Eugene, Springfield and Cottage Grove, beginning with the First Friday Art Walk on September 4th.

John Kallas is one this country’s foremost experts on wild foods, and the author of the new book Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods from Dirt to Plate. He speaks with Eric Alan about increasing nutritional diversity and our connection to the earth through wild foods. He’ll give a free talk at the Downtown Eugene Public Library on Wednesday, September 2nd.

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