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.

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Wildish Theater
6:00 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Why Shakespeare is Relevant in the Age of Homer Simpson and Bill Cosby

Credit Photo by Chris White

After over two decades in academia, the New Shakespeare Showcase goes public with a performance at the Wildish Theater in Springfield. Judith “Sparky” Roberts and Matt Keating speak with Eric Alan about the modern relevance of Shakespeare, including how his plays relate to Homer Simpson and the troubles of Bill Cosby.

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Sam Bond's Garage
3:36 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Shook Twins & John Craigie Live at KLCC

Left to right: Katelyn Shook, Laurie Shook, Niko Dauossis. (Not pictured: Kyle Volkman, John Craigie.)
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

Identical twins Laurie & Katelyn Shook return to the KLCC studios for a live performance, along with songwriter John Craigie, and band members Niko Dauossis and Kyle Volkman. They celebrate two nights of concerts at Sam Bond's Garage in Eugene, on Wednesday December 3rd and Thursday December 4th.  Musical and philosophical topics included spraying dollar bills with water, people who claim to have written Bob Dylan's lyrics, and what the bathroom situation might have been like on Noah's Ark.

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Wildish Theater
3:19 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Classical Guitarist Scott Kritzer Live at KLCC

Scott Kritzer
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

Scott Kritzer has become one of America’s leading classical guitarists, along a path that has taken him from Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, from solo recordings to collaborative performances, and teaching experience that includes the creation of his own guitar training method. He is in residence with Chamber Music Amici for a week of performances through December 8th, and he joined us in the KLCC studios for performance and conversation.

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John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
3:37 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Black Prairie Live at KLCC

Black Prairie "in the round" in the KLCC studios.
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

The band Black Prairie began as a spin-off from the Decemberists, but has developed an equal life of its own. The band’s sound has moved from instrumental string-band roots into edgier rock territory and vocals in recent times, especially on their fourth and newest CD, Fortune.

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Linn-Benton Community College
6:00 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Bringing Voice to Voiceless Veterans through Tango Mike

A scene from the Sanctuary Stage production of Tango Mike

Tango Mike is a play developed from the stories of local veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and their families’ struggles with PTSD upon their return. Writer and director Dan Stone speaks with Eric Alan, as the play opens at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany.

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Hult Center
6:00 am
Mon November 17, 2014

David Sedaris Waxes Poetic About Optimism, the Mekong Delta, and Haircuts in Eugene

David Sedaris
Credit Photo by Hugh Hamrick

Humorist David Sedaris speaks with Eric Alan about such varied topics as the differences in optimism between the British and Americans, his judgments about a tour guide in the Mekong Delta, and why Eugene is such a great place to get a haircut. David Sedaris appears at the Hult Center on November 20th, touring behind his new book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls.

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Tsunami Books
3:22 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Steve Forbert Live in the KLCC Studios

Steve Forbert
Credit Photo by Alan Messer

Mississippi native Steve Forbert has been crafting albums since 1978’s Alive on Arrival first announced his arrival in New York. It’s now been thirty-five years since the follow-up Jackrabbit Slim brought his greatest hit, “Romeo’s Tune,” and he’s celebrating that anniversary with a tour that stops at Tsunami Books in Eugene this Saturday evening, November 15th. He dropped in to perform live in the KLCC studios.

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Hult Center
6:00 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Searmi Park's First Solo Performance as Eugene Symphony Concertmaster

Searmi Park

On the eve of her first solo performance with the Eugene Symphony, violinist and concertmaster Searmi Park speaks with Eric Alan about Barber’s Violin Concerto, including how soccer helped her to learn its difficult passages, and why relaxation is vital.

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The Jazz Station
3:20 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Toni Lincoln and Tom Grant at KLCC

Tom Grant and Toni Lincoln in the KLCC studios
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

Jazz vocalist Toni Lincoln has just released her self-titled debut CD, more than five decades after she began to sing as a child. Her recorded debut features a number of fine Pacific Northwest players, including pianist Tom Grant, who is a part of Toni Lincoln’s band and produced the album. Before appearing at the Jazz Station in Eugene on Friday, November 7th. Toni Lincoln and Tom Grant visited the KLCC studios to share songs from the CD, and Toni's story of emergence.

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UO School of Music and Dance, Oregon Bach Festival
6:00 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Deep in My Soul Forever Stay, with Matthew Halls

Matthew Halls, artistic director of the Oregon Bach Festival

Matthew Halls, artistic director of the Oregon Bach Festival, speaks with Eric Alan about “Deep in My Soul Forever Stay,” a concert of remembrance for Veterans Day, presented on Sunday, November 9th. The interview includes music from Purcell, MacMillan and Bruckner.

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