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. In 2014, he was awarded second place in the "Best Interview" category for his story "Vietnam: An Inner View" at the national convention of the Public Radio News Directors, Incorporated in Washington, DC. 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.

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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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UO Knight Library
6:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Tom Spanbauer, I Loved You More

Tom Spanbauer

Tom Spanbauer is the author of five acclaimed novels, and the founder of the teaching form called Dangerous Writing. His latest novel I Loved You More looks at the workings of a very complicated love triangle. Before giving a reading on the UO campus on Tuesday evening, April 15th, he speaks with Eric Alan about the muse of the secret sore place.

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Tsunami Books
3:28 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Beth Wood and Anne Weiss Live at KLCC

Beth Wood (left) and Anne Weiss (right) in the KLCC studios.
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

Portland songwriter Anne Weiss has merged folk with the blues and other influences, while Texas native  Beth Wood has brought her own songs to Eugene in recent years. Together, they joined Eric Alan in the KLCC studios on the last day of KLCC's spring fund drive, before also performing together at Tsunami Books in Eugene, on Friday April 11th.

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John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
3:43 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

The Battlefield Band Live at KLCC

The Battlefield Band with KLCC's resident bagpiper, Desmond O'Boyle.

The Battlefield Band merges traditional Scottish music with their own modern, original compositions, into a blend that’s won them many awards over the years. That recently includes “Album of the Year” at last year’s Scots Trad Music Awards, for their most recent release Room Enough for All. They were previously named “Scottish Folk Band of the Year” there as well. They joined Eric Alan  live in the KLCC studios, before performing at the Jaqua Concert Hall of the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts in Eugene on April 10th.

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Sam Bond's Garage
6:00 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Shy Persons Talent Show

The annual Shy Persons Talent Show will coax secret performers of all ages out onto the stage at Sam Bond's Garage in Eugene starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 12th. It's a benefit for paralyzed activist David Oaks. Eric Alan talks with the talent show's originator, Buck Mueller, and Margo Schaefer about the event.

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WOW Hall
3:36 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Bruce Cockburn Live at KLCC

Bruce Cockburn at KLCC.
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

Bruce Cockburn has carved a remarkable career over the past four decades and thirty-one albums, combining his talents as guitarist, poet, songwriter and activist. His latest CD, Small Source of Comfort, ranges widely from beautiful instrumentals to song reflections on his travels to Afghanistan, from an imagining of the reincarnation of Richard Nixon to a fine song about people who don’t call you back. He is also the subject of a DVD last year called Pacing the Cage, and he has a spiritual memoir coming out in book form in the fall.

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Hult Center
6:00 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Zoot Suit Riot, with the Cherry Poppin' Daddies and the Eugene Ballet Company

The Eugene Ballet Company is collaborating with the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies for Zoot Suit Riot at the Hult Center in Eugene on Saturday, April 12th and Sunday, April 13th. The performances will also include a tribute piece called “Silk and Steel,” by Toni Pimble, the Eugene Ballet Company’s Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer. She and Steve Perry, vocalist and guitarist of the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, talk with Eric Alan about the unusual collaboration.

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