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

In the first of two features on the Oregon Festival of Music 2015, Eric Alan speaks with Jim Ralph, Executive Director of the Shedd Institute. Jim talks about the transformative musical era from 1921 to 1934, and how it will be represented onstage during Tuesday evening’s opening gala. That concert will be broadcast live on KLCC during Heartwood Hotel, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

TAD Talks is a new series that will examine how technology and the arts encourage economic development and community engagement in the Downtown Eugene area. The first TAD Talk will be Tuesday, August 11th at Hi-Fi Music Hall at 5:30 pm.  Eric Alan speaks with Matt Sayre, director of the Technology Association of Oregon in Eugene, and Joshua Purvis, Executive Director of the Eugene Film Society.

Photo by Eric Alan

Langhorne Slim and the Law will release their second album as a unit, The Spirit Moves, this Friday, August 7th, bringing another set of soulful, vulnerable and joyful songs to the world. As part of the tour behind it, they’ll appear at the Hi-Fi Music Hall in Eugene, August 4th, and Langhorne Slim came by the KLCC studios for solo versions of a few of his new songs.

Photo by Eric Alan

Steven Graves brings his American roots music and a full band to the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove on July 31st, and to Cozmic in Eugene on Saturday evening, August 1st. Both shows are free. The band is touring behind the sixth and newest Steven Graves CD, Mission Bell, which includes appearances from longtime KLCC friends Keith Greeninger and Dayan Kai, who co-produced the CD with Steven. The Steven Graves Band visited the KLCC studios for songs and conversation on a hot Friday afternoon.

The play Anne of the Thousand Days depicts the tumultuous and lethal relationship of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Jay Hash, director of the Very Little Theatre’s production, speaks with Eric Alan about why he’s recast Anne as a feminist heroine in a post-apocalyptic atmosphere. The play runs July 31st through August 15th.

Bill Hall is a  Lincoln County Commissioner and author of the utopian novel McCallandia, which explores an alternate universe in which Oregon Governor Tom McCall becomes President. Bill Hall speaks to Eric Alan about McCall's legacy, and the wild things that just might have happened in the 1970s, had Nixon chosen McCall instead of Agnew for Vice President.

Photo by Eric Alan

The Icelandic band Arstidir is making their first tour through the United States, after becoming a sensation in their home country shortly after their formation in 2008, right after the stock market crash there. Undeterred by economic troubles, volcanic eruptions and so forth, they’ve found a worldwide audience for their music—including one song having more than four million views on YouTube. Arstidir’s music includes an emphasis on vocal harmony, and influences from classical to folk and rock.

Singer, songwriter and activist Melissa Etheridge has earned seventeen Grammy nominations and an Academy Award. She’s touring across more than fifty cities this summer, including on Wednesday, July 22nd at The Courtyard of the Athletic Club of Bend. She speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan in an interview that includes music from her new release, This is M.E.

Raw Canvas is a solo, one-act play written by playwright Barratt Walton for actress Nancy Hopps fourteen years ago. It depicts the challenges of an aspiring artist in 1952, where the central character Rosalyn must defy the social norms of the time in order to pursue her passion for painting. A new version will be staged twice in Florence at  the Florence Playhouse, July 17th through 19th, and August 14th through 16th, sponsored by Fools Haven theater group, and again starring Nancy Hopps. Nancy spoke with Eric Alan about art, choices and healing in the KLCC studios.

Photo by Eric Alan

Halie Loren celebrates the American release of her new album Butterfly Blue--which has already been #1 on the Billboard Jazz Charts in Japan—with a concert at the Wildish Theater in Springfield on Friday, July 17th. The CD release concert will feature every musician who appeared on the album, supporting Halie’s continued merger of originals and jazz standards. She came to the KLCC studios in duo with Daniel Gallo, to perform live and to share a little music from the album.