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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John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
3:12 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

PROJECT Trio Live at KLCC

PROJECT Trio at KLCC: Eric Stephenson (cello), Peter Seymour (double bass), Greg Pattillo (flute).
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

PROJECT Trio is one of this nation’s most unusual chamber ensembles, merging flute, cello and double bass in ways that extend beyond genres, including elements of classical, jazz, rock, beatboxing and more. They  arrived in Eugene from Brooklyn for a concert at the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts in Eugene on Thursday, November 6th. We welcomed PROJECT Trio into the KLCC studios for a performance, including Greg Pattillo on flute, Eric Stephenson on cello, and Peter Seymour on double bass.

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Axe and Fiddle
3:21 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Calico Live in the KLCC Studios

Calico: Manda Mosher, Kirsten Proffit, Aubrey Richmond
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

Calico, the band, is an Americana trio that includes songwriters Kirsten Proffit, Manda Mosher and Aubrey Richmond. They’re bringing their California country influences to Oregon in several upcoming shows, on tour behind their debut CD Rancho California. In our listening region, they’ll appear in Cottage Grove, Bend and Salem. They’ll also perform in Pistol River, Portland and Hood River, and they joined us live in the KLCC studios.

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Sylvan Ridge Winery
3:22 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Eric John Kaiser Live at KLCC

Eric John Kaiser at KLCC, with Eric Alan and Michael Canning lurking in the background.
Credit Photo by Eric John Kaiser

Eric John Kaiser plays a style of music he calls Parisian Americana, reflecting his French origins and his current Portland residence. He’s touring behind a new CD of songs called Idaho, inspired by his American travels.  Before performing an album release concert at Sylvan Ridge Winery in Eugene on October 30th, he joined us live in the KLCC studios.

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Broadway Commerce Center
6:00 am
Thu October 30, 2014

An Art Exhibit That Will Truly Haunt You

The Fuzzy Beuys, including Terry Holloway

All Hallows’ Eugene celebrates the spookiest old holiday by creating new downtown traditions on Halloween. Multi-media artist Terry Holloway, one of the creators of the Haunted House Art Exhibit, speaks with Eric Alan about the art installations and why fear isn’t as interesting as the moment just before it. 

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Oakshire Public House
6:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Mad Science in the Pursuit of Great Beer

Mad beer scientist Denny Conn.

Can spinach, kale and chanterelle mushrooms be good ingredients in beer? Authors Drew Beechum and Denny Conn say so, in the book Experimental Homebrewing: Mad Science in the Pursuit of Great Beer. The book will be released in time for National Learn to Homebrew Day on November 1st. Denny Conn speaks to Eric Alan about unusual sides of the do-it-yourself brewing trend.

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Beall Hall, UO
3:25 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Music from the Chilean Andes with Phusiri Marka Live on KLCC

Phusiri Marka
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

Phusiri Marka is a band from the Chilean Andes, whose name translates as “Town of Wind Players.” They have been performing traditional panpipe, tarka and orquestra music since 1976. Before performing in Beall Hall on the UO campus on Friday, October 24th, a smaller version of the ensemble came to play in the KLCC studios. They were joined by Juan Eduardo Wolf, assistant professor of ethnomusicology at the UO and head of the UO World Music Series.

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Tsunami Books, Barnes & Noble, Book Bin
6:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Beyond Family Mental Illness with Author Linda Vigen Phillips

Linda Vigen Phillips

Crazy is a young adult novel by Linda Vigen Phillips, based on her experience of growing up in Klamath Falls with a mother suffering mental illness. She speaks to Eric Alan about overcoming the fear of mental illness, and how her book can help the conversation. She will appear in Eugene at Barnes and Noble on October 24th and at Tsunami Books on November 1st, and at the Book Bin in Corvallis on October 25th.

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Sam Bond's Garage
3:22 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Two Man Gentlemen Band Live at KLCC

The Two Man Gentlemen Band, left to right: Fuller "The Councilman" Condon, Andy Bean, and Brian Kantor.
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

The Two Man Gentlemen Band merge vintage swing and other acoustic styles with a wild sense of humor.  Recently, they’ve had their music used on This American Life with Ira Glass, created music for the Disney cartoon series Wander Over Yonder, and released their seventh CD, Enthusiastic Attempts at Hot Swing & String Band Favorites. The two original gentlemen of the band, Andy Bean and Fuller “The Councilman” Condon, were joined by Brian Kantor on percussion in the KLCC studios before performing at Sam Bond's Garage on October 22nd.

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The Jazz Station
6:00 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Bending Genres with Jacqui Naylor

Jacqui Naylor
Credit Photo by Oliver Heinemann

Jacqui Naylor has carved an individual vocal niche with a style that draws deeply from jazz, but also reaches far beyond it. Her most recent CD, Dead Divas Society, pays tribute to departed female vocalists from Ella Fitzgerald to Amy Winehouse and Mama Cass. She’s also created a unique artform in her “acoustic smashers” by combining the lyrics and melody from one song with the groove of another. She’s appearing in trio at the Jazz Station in Eugene on Saturday, October 18th and she joins Eric Alan for conversation and music.

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Grassroots Books and Music
3:17 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Blue Collar Nomad: Jake Kaida and Matthew Tavis Johnson Live at KLCC

Jake Kaida (left) and Matthew Tavis Johnson in the KLCC studios.
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

Jake Kaida and Matthew Tavis Johnson offer an unusual combination of literature and music through their project Blue Collar Nomad. The book by Jake Kaida is subtitled The Literary Reflections of a Grassroots Pilgrim, and features place-based essays and poems from his years on the road as everything from organic farmhand to mentor for at-risk youth. A soundtrack called Wandering by pianist Matthew Tavis Johnson is being released in parallel to the book, and they’re traveling together weaving words and music live.

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