Frank Gosar

Saturday Cafe Host

Note:  Frank hosted his last show on March 28, 2015.  The Cafe is now officially closed!!  Here are some photos from the last show.   Thanks for listening, everyone!

Frank Gosar grew up in a house without a radio in rural Wisconsin.  He made up for lost time in college, discovering "Simply Folk" on Wisconsin Public Radio and "A Prairie Home Companion" on MPR.  Eventually he joined the ranks of public radio volunteers, writing and telling children's stories (and eventually writing and recording songs) for WLSU/La Crosse's "Earticklers."

When he came to Eugene for graduate school in 1985, he became a fan of KLCC's folk music programs, especially The Saturday Cafe.  Since 1990, he's hosted the show.

Frank is a full-time potter, selling his work at the Eugene Saturday Market and other art and craft fairs, and previewing folk music for KLCC in his clay studio.  He lives on River Road with his wife Denise, two cats, and a great number of teddy bears.

Ways To Connect

Live music should always be so lively!  Andy Cohen, Chico Schwall and Mark Ross begin their first Northwest tour as the Marx(ist) Brothers with a rousing send-off on the Saturday Cafe.


Babes With Axes

Mar 1, 2014

It's been 14 years since the last Babes With Axes show at the WOW Hall. Now Laura Kemp, Katie Henry, Debbie Diedrich and TR Kelley are reuniting for a 20th anniversary show Saturday, March 8.  Three fourths of the Babes (Katie lives out-of-state) join Frank on the Saturday Cafe to talk about what the passage of time has wrought. (Hint: all the songs get capo'd to a lower key...)

Ulleann (Irish) piper Eliot Grasso grew up with a houseful of Chieftains records and a family fascinated with traditional music.  He'll be sharing the stage with Scottish fiddler Brandon Vance and guitarist Glen Waddell Tuesday, Feb. 18 at Beall Hall and Thursday, Feb. 20 at Hope Christian Church in Eugene.

Roy Zimmerman

Feb 8, 2014

Political satirist and songwriter Roy Zimmerman has been delighted to find enclaves of progressive activity in conservative states.  His "Connecting the Blue Dots" tour made an unexpected weather detour to Eugene en route to the Lincoln City Cultural Center

Jeff Peterson grew up with slack-key guitar as the child of Paniolos, Hawaiian cowboys.   Nathan Aweau grew up with jazz and classical music, only coming to traditional music later.   Performing together as Mamo, they show that island music is so much more than steel guitars and Don Ho.

Larry Pattis

Jan 13, 2014

Finger style guitarist Larry Pattis uses his hands--and guitar--to paint pictures and tell stories.  He's returning to music after a long absence, performing January 11 at Creswell Coffee Company.

Kathryn Claire on KLCC

Dec 22, 2013

So much of the music we hear this time of year seems to come from the British Isles:  Christmas, Solstice, songs to drive cold winter away.

Kathryn Claire, Ara Lee and Zak Borden bring a few more songs to the Saturday Cafe on their way to a Winter Solstice show at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Eugene.

A Celtic Christmas

Dec 15, 2013

If the hallmark of a great Christmas story is shared experience, future generations will tell of hearing A Child's Christmas in Wales performed by David Stuart Bull with musicians Chico Schwall and Linda Danielson.

Touring south for the winter, the Gloria Darlings swing by the Saturday Cafe, and show how, with the change of one musician (and their entire repertoire) they magically become the Gin Jars.

Tom Rawson

Nov 9, 2013

Folksinger and storyteller has also been a teacher for 20 years ("Real musicians have day jobs," he says.) We talk about the benefits of music on learning, and he cues us in on the latest tool of the folk process: YouTube.

Rawson performs with a capella group In Acchord Saturday, Nov. 9, 7 pm at the Eugene Friends Meeting House, 2274 Onyx St., Eugene.