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

The Oregon Country Fair and Culture Jam present a weekend workshop for teenagers called “Catch the Fire! Becoming a Creative Changemaker,” at Petersen Barn in Eugene, March 13th through 15th. Eric Alan speaks with Robin Bernardi, OCF’s Youth Program Director, and Culture Jam participant Cash McAllister about this new workshop.

As the 100th birthday of French vocalist Edith Piaf nears, Siri Vik presents La Mome: Piaf 100--three evenings of song honoring her music and life. It will be in a cabaret-style setting, as many of Piaf’s own performances were. Siri Vik’s performance will be in the Jacqua Concert Hall of the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts in Eugene, Friday through Sunday, March 6th through 8th. Siri Vik joins Eric Alan in the KLCC studios.

Photo by Eric Alan

Keller Williams has walked a uniquely eclectic musical path, frequently accompanied in his live shows by only his guitar and loop machines, though his band collaborations have been diverse and many. He’s about to release his twentieth CD, Vape, which includes appearances by Sam Grisman and the Travelin' McCourys.  At the moment, he’s touring with the Infamous Stringdusters, who reach adventurously beyond bluegrass. Their double bill stops at the McDonald Theatre in Eugene on Thursday, March 5th. Keller Williams joined us in the KLCC studios for songs and conversation.

Artist Margaret Prentice had both the form and content of her art change during a bout with cancer, as reflected in her new exhibition at White Lotus Gallery, Storm Clouds and Wetlands. She speaks with Eric Alan about transformation, the joy of a million colors, and simplifying in later life.

Photo by Eric Alan

Ballet Fantastique will premiere The Odyssey, a ballet with original choreography based on Homer’s classic tale, at the Hult Center in Eugene, Friday, February 27th through Sunday, March 1st. The performance will include live music from Cullen Vance, looping violinist. He and principal dancer Fabio Simoes visited KLCC for conversation and music.

Photo by Eric Alan

Chico Schwall and friends will present “Thunder and Lies: The Ballads of Francis James Child,” at the Jaqua Concert Hall of the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts in Eugene, on Thursday, February 26th. They’ll bring new life to English and Scottish popular songs that have endured from antiquity to the present day, in part because of Francis James Child’s efforts at Harvard in the late 1800s. Chico Schwall joins us here in the KLCC studios.

The Willamette Valley’s musical community lost one of its most dedicated souls, when Jeff Eaton passed away from cancer in late January. He had three tenures with the Oregon Mozart Players, including two as executive director and one as general manager. As a cellist, he performed with the Eugene Symphony, the Eugene Opera and the Oregon Bach Festival, among others.

Photo by Eric Alan

The Bee Eaters are a trio merging elements ranging from chamber music to bluegrass, jazz, pop and beyond. They include Grand National Fiddle Champion Tashina Clarridge, her brother Tristan Clarridge, cellist and five-time Grand National Fiddle Champion, and Simon Chrisman, a master of the hammer dulcimer. They have two CDs out, including their self-titled debut and its follow-up, Oddfellows Road. Before performing at Tsunami Books in Eugene on Friday, February 20th, and visited the KLCC studios for a live performance.

Astrophysicist and author Janna Levin will give this year’s Cressman Lecture for the Oregon Humanities Center, entitled “From the Big Bang to Black Holes: Time, the Universe and Everything,” on the UO campus on February 19th. She speaks with Eric Alan about whether the universe is solid or infinite, whether cosmic insignificance is comforting, and how that affects us as humans on Earth. 

Mbrascatu Live at KLCC

Feb 13, 2015
Photo by Eric Alan

The band Mbrascatu creates a unique mix of the sounds of Italy and Portland, led by the vocals and songs of Andrea Algieri. They released their second CD, Tempo, in 2014 and they’re out touring now with two shows in the KLCC listening region. Friday evening, February 13th, they’re at the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove, and they’ll appear at Sam Bond’s Garage in Eugene on Saturday, February 14th—Valentine’s Day. Two of the five band members (Andrea Algieri and John Sabestinas) joined us for an acoustic set in the KLCC studios.

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