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

Philosopher and nature writer Kathleen Dean Moore will merge her words with the music of Rachmaninoff, as performed by concert pianist Rachelle McCabe, in an event called Rage, Rage Against the Dying: Global Warming, Extinction and the Call to Life at the Corvallis-Benton Public Library on Wednesday evening, January 21st. Kathleen Dean Moore speaks with Eric Alan.

Photo by Matthias Clamer

W. Kamau Bell uniquely merges comedy with perspectives on racial justice and other tough topics. His FX comedy series Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell was executive produced by Chris Rock; his album Face Full of Flour made many top ten lists. He was recently named an Ambassador of Racial Justice by the ACLU, and serves on the board of the racial justice think tank Race Forward.Before bringing his “Oh, Everything!” tour to the WOW Hall on January 22nd, he spoke to Eric Alan about the value of awkward conversations, what he’d say to Dr.

David Jacobs-Strain and Bob Beach have been combining their musical talents in the roots and blues world for some years now, and after the success of their previous live album, Live from the Left Coast, they’ve decided to make another live one. They’re in the midst of recording several shows across Oregon, with a few special guests joining them along the way. Before recording at Tsunami Books in Eugene both Friday and Saturday night, January 16th and 17th, they came by KLCC for songs and conversation.

UO’s Music Today Festival celebrates new music, including student compositions. It runs from January 19th through January 31st, and features Grammy-winning soprano Esteli Gomez. She joins Eric Alan in the KLCC studios, along with festival founder and composer Robert Kyr.

Sister Outsider is the duo of Dominique Christina and Denice Frohman, both Women of the World Slam Poetry champions, who merge poetry with activism, using their creativity to foster social change and celebrate the “other” in us all. As part of Oregon State University’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, they’ll perform and teach a workshop at OSU in Corvallis on Thursday, January 15th. Denice Frohman joins KLCC's Eric Alan for conversation and poetry.

Mark Hummel’s annual Blues Harmonica Blowout focuses this year on classic 1930s and 1940s material from Bluebird Records. Hummel and Rick Estrin talk with Eric Alan about the music, and about sharing the van with living blues legend Billy Boy Arnold. 

Other Desert Cities

Jan 9, 2015

The Very Little Theatre in Eugene presents the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play Other Desert Cities, which explores the personal and political tensions in a family when one of its members publishes a painful memoir. Associate Director Suzanne Shapiro and cast member Tracy Ilene Miller speak with Eric Alan.

Photo by Eric Alan

Fingerstyle guitarists Brooks Robertson and John Standefer have been blending their individual styles to create a sonic partnership since meeting in Nashville a few years back. 2014 found them releasing their first album together as a duo, We Came to Play, which was named the top album of the year from the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame. Before returning to Eugene for a show at Cozmic on Saturday evening, January 3rd, they joiined us live in the KLCC studios to celebrate the new year.

The Elixir of Love

Dec 30, 2014
Photo by Cliff Coles, Eugene Opera

To launch its 38th season, Eugene Opera presents Donizetti’s romantic comedy The Elixir of Love. Metropolitan Opera star Marco Nistico plays Dr. Dulcamara , the purveyor of this elixir. He speaks with Eric Alan, along with Eugene Opera’s musical director, Andrew Bisantz.

Photo by Eric Alan

The Caldera Songwriters present their third annual group concert as a benefit for the Egan Warming Center, at Tsunami Books in Eugene on Friday, December 19th at 7:30 p.m. As well as featuring a large array of local songwriters, plus haiku and holiday cheer, the annual event gathers needed supplies for the homeless. In the KLCC studios, Beth Wood performed live, including a new song about Major Thomas Egan, for whom the Egan Warming Center is named; and Charley Harvey of St.

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