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.


Hult Center
6:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Trumpeter Chris Botti Comes Home

Chris Botti

Grammy-winning trumpeter Chris Botti returns to the Willamette Valley with a performance at the Hult Center in Eugene on May 1st, not far from where he grew up in Corvallis. He speaks with Eric Alan about collaborating with Mark Knopfler and Frank Sinatra, and how growing up in Corvallis helped him as a young player.

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Downtown Eugene Public Library
6:00 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Bill Sullivan, The Oregon Variations

Bill Sullivan and some of the many books he's authored.
Credit Photo by Dean Rea

Author Bill Sullivan, best known for his definitive Oregon hiking guides, has a new book of short stories out about Oregon's most quirky places and people. It's called The Oregon Variations, and its literary structure parallels the musical structures of Bach's Goldberg Variations. He speaks with Eric Alan before bringing his related slide show Oregon for the Curious to Eugene, Bend and Sunriver. 

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McDonald Theatre
3:30 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Jake Shimabukuro Live at KLCC

Jake Shimabukuro
Credit Photo by Isabel A. Zacharias

Ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro stopped by the KLCC studios for a live performance and interview before his appearance at the McDonald Theatre in Eugene on Friday, April 25th. He played songs ranging from traditional Hawaiian and Japanese music, to his signature cover of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." He talked about adapting music to the ukulele, and the odd experience of being the subject of the documentary film Life on Four Strings.

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University Theatre
6:00 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Spring Awakening

A scene from University Theatre's production of Spring Awakening

University Theatre presents the musical Spring Awakening, a modern rock adaptation of a controversial play from 1891, regarding adolescent sexuality and coming of age. Eric Alan speaks to director John Schmor about the play’s raw edge, the unusual music, and what we haven’t learned about coming of age in the past century.

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University of Oregon
6:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Cinema Pacific Film Festival and the Adrenaline Film Project

Leigh Kilton-Smith

The Cinema Pacific Film Festival brings films and new media from countries which border the Pacific Ocean. It includes the annual Adrenaline Film Project, in which films are created and then shown in a 72-hour frenzy. A conversation with Cinema Pacific director Richard Herskowitz, and Leigh  Kilton-Smith, a mentor for the Adrenaline Film Project who has served as an acting coach for Jennifer Aniston and many others.

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Arts & Culture
1:16 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Steve Landes as John Lennon in Rain

Steve Landes as John Lennon.

Steve Landes has been portraying an eight-year portion of John Lennon’s life for sixteen years, as part of the multi-media Beatles tribute called Rain. Before Rain’s performance at the Hult Center, he speaks with Eric Alan about the oddity and excitement of the role, what it takes to recreate the Beatles, and what he’ll do when he no longer looks like John Lennon.

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Lane County Audubon Society
6:00 am
Tue April 22, 2014

The Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human

Noah Strycker is the author of The Thing with Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human. He’s also associate editor of Birding magazine, and he’ll be the guest speaker at this month’s Lane County Audubon Society meeting on Tuesday evening, April 22nd. He speaks with Eric Alan about birds’ surprising intelligence, including aspects of altruism, art and dance.

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UO Knight Library
6:00 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Gish Jen: Art, Culture and the Interdpendent Self

Gish Jen

The University of Oregon English Department and the Collins Fund present Asian American Voices, A Collins Literary Forum, bringing four authors to the UO campus in spring. The first will be Gish Jen, author of four celebrated novels, a collection of short stories and her most recent book, Tiger Writing: Art, Culture and the Interdependent Self. That book is drawn from her lectures at Harvard University in 2012. She’ll appear in the Knight Library Browsing Room on the UO campus on Monday, April 21st at 8 p.m.

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Axe and Fiddle, The Belfry
3:27 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

David Jacobs-Strain and Bob Beach Live at KLCC

Bob Beach (left, harmonica) and David Jacobs-Strain (right, guitar and vocals) in the KLCC studios.
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

David Jacobs-Strain merges the blues with his own musical vision, including in acoustic duo shows with Philadelphia harmonica master Bob Beach. He’s also recently been recording in southern California with some stellar players, including bassist Viktor Krauss (of Lyle Lovett's Large Band), Greg Leisz and legendary drummer Jim Keltner.

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Hult Center, Florence Events Center
6:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Eugene Symphony Guest Conductor Grant Llewellyn

Grant Llewellyn

Guest conductor Grant Llewellyn, a native of Wales, will join the Eugene Symphony for their April performances in Eugene and Florence. He also is participating in extensive artist residency programs this week as well. He speaks with Eric Alan about the experience.

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