John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts

Photo by Eric Alan

Dar Williams returns to our listening region with a concert tonight, October 20th, at the Jaqua Concert Hall of the Shedd Institute in Eugene. She’s touring behind her new release, Emerald—her first independent release after a long tenure with Razor and Tie Records. She’s also been busy with other creative and social projects, writing and teaching on subjects as diverse as what allows towns to prosper, music movements in a capitalist democracy, and of course, songwriting. She visited the KLCC studios for songs and conversation.


Photo by Daniel Sheehan

Pianist Wayne Horvitz has created a new album inspired by the poetry of the late Richard Hugo, called Some Places are Forever Afternoon. He speaks with Eric Alan about the inspiration of place and the merging of creative forms, before performing live at the Jaqua Concert Hall in Eugene on Friday, October 9th.

Music and conversation with blues pianist, vocalist and songwriter Marcia Ball, who has earned multiple Grammy nominations, six Living Blues awards, and a place in both the Louisiana and Gulf Coast Halls of Fame. She performs at the Shedd in Eugene on Thursday evening, September 10th.

Vocalist Marisa Frantz is a native of Eugene who returned after several musical years in Nashville, and is a part of the Oregon Festival of American Music for the first time. She speaks with Eric Alan about balancing a reverence for vocal tradition while still making classic songs her own. She’ll be a featured vocalist in OFAM’s opening gala, which will be broadcast by KLCC on Tuesday evening, August 11th, during Heartwood Hotel.

In the first of two features on the Oregon Festival of Music 2015, Eric Alan speaks with Jim Ralph, Executive Director of the Shedd Institute. Jim talks about the transformative musical era from 1921 to 1934, and how it will be represented onstage during Tuesday evening’s opening gala. That concert will be broadcast live on KLCC during Heartwood Hotel, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

John Mayall, often known as “The Godfather of British Blues,” reflects on his legendary career in a conversation with Eric Alan that includes music from Mayall’s new release A Special Life. John Mayall performs at the Tower Theatre in Bend on Monday, July 13th, and at the Jaqua Concert Hall in Eugene on Tuesday, July 14th.

The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts launches its 2015 theatricals season with the classic musical, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, a satire of 1950s corporate America. Director Peg Major speaks with KLCC’s Eric Alan, in an interview that includes music from the 2011 cast recording with Daniel Radcliffe. The play runs June 19th through 28th in the Jaqua Concert Hall in Eugene.

Photo by Eric Alan

Fiddler Hanneke Cassel returns to the Shedd in Eugene on Friday evening, May 8th, for a trio performance with Christopher Lewis on guitar and Mike Block on cello, who’s performed with everyone from Yo-Yo Ma to Bobby McFerrin and Mark O’Connor. Hanneke Cassel’s trio merges Scottish style instrumentals with influences from the American to the Chinese, and a Chinese saying provides the title to their latest release, Dot the Dragon’s Eyes. They performed live in the KLCC studios.

Oboist Allan Vogel and flutist Janice Tipton are renowned for their work with the Oregon Bach Festival, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Bach’s Circle, among many other credits. They’re currently in residency with Chamber Music Amici for a week educational offerings and performances that will culminate in a Baroque performance with Chamber Music Amici at the Shedd in Eugene on Monday, April 27th.

Photo by Robert Luk

Since their formation in Wisconsin in 1983, the BoDeans have been one of the American heartland’s iconic roots rock bands. Bandleader Kurt Neumann speaks with Eric Alan and shares music from their new release, I Can’t Stop, before the band performs at the Shedd in Eugene on Thursday, April 9th.