KLCC Live Performances

Photo by Eric Alan

Canadian guitarist Ewan Dobson brings his “Acoustic Metal” tour to the WOW Hall in Eugene Wednesday night, March 25th, with local guitarist Will Brown opening. After his initial inspirations in the worlds of heavy metal and hard rock, Ewan has won major competitions in genres from classical to fingerstyle, and his influences run even farther into the world’s traditional music, techno, trance, and video game music. He’s become a YouTube sensation as well, with tens of millions of views. He joined us live in the KLCC studios for songs and conversation.

Photo by Eric Alan

The Oregon Guitar Trio includes David Kelley, Matt Gwinup and David Rogers. They present a performance called Music through the Ages at First United Methodist Church in Eugene on Sunday, March 15th. The repertoire will include pieces from Brazilian, minimalist, baroque, jazz and video game music traditions. The Oregon Guitar Trio stopped by the KLCC studios to share an original tune, a song from a modern Russian woman composer, and the theme from Super Mario Brothers.

Shari Ulrich Live at KLCC

Mar 12, 2015

Shari Ulrich has been one of Canada’s pre-eminent folksingers and multi-instrumentalists, since emigrating from California during the time of the Vietnam War. She’s a two-time JUNO Award winner, inducted into the British Columbia Entertainment Hall of Fame, and was named the 2014 Songwriter of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. She will perform at Tsunami Books in Eugene on Friday, March 13th, with her children Julia Graff and Mike Magee; she’ll also perform in Corvallis on March 19th in the Southtown Concert Series.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Mbrascatu Live at KLCC

Feb 13, 2015
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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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Over the Rhine is the musical duo of Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist, named after the Ohio neighborhood in which they met. They’ve shared their music and lives for over twenty-five years now, creating a series of consistently beautiful and eloquent albums, including the double CD Meet Me at the Edge of the World, with producer Joe Henry, and their recent holiday CD, Blood Oranges in the Snow. Before performing in the Jaqua Concert Hall of the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts in Eugene this evening, Over the Rhine joined us in the KLCC studios live.

Sol Seed Live at KLCC

Feb 6, 2015
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The KLCC Microbrew Festival kicks off at the Lane Events Center Friday afternoon, February 6th at 5 p.m., featuring 175 beers from over 70 breweries, as well as a giant music sale and other festivities. The featured band Friday evening will be Eugene’s own Sol Seed, who start at 7:30 p.m. They’ll also perform at the Kenneth B. Gallery in Florence on Saturday, February 7th. They visited the KLCC studios to perform two songs live, and spin one from their CD Family Tree.

Jesse Cook Live at KLCC

Feb 4, 2015
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Guitarist, composer and producer Jesse Cook has been merging aspects of flamenco music with a globally diverse range of textures, since his first CD Tempest launched his international career twenty years ago. About ten albums and 11 Juno Nominations later, he performs at the McDonald Theatre in Eugene on Wednesday, February 4th, in advance of the release of his new album One World in April. He joined Eric Alan in the KLCC studios, along with second guitarist Nick Hernandez.

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Las Cafeteras is a band merging the sounds and traditional instruments of the Son Jarocho folk music of Mexico with the feel of the modern East Los Angeles streets. They’re bringing their socially and politically conscious urban folk music to the WOW Hall in Eugene this Wednesday evening, February 4th, and all seven of them joined us in the KLCC studios for songs and stories.

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Alice DiMicele celebrates the release of her thirteenth album, Swim, with a couple of performances in the KLCC listening region, including Thursday evening, January 29th at the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove, and Friday evening, January 30th at Tsunami Books in Eugene.  Alice DiMicele stopped by the KLCC studios, along with Mikey Stevens, to perform three songs off of Swim.

David Jacobs-Strain and Bob Beach have been combining their musical talents in the roots and blues world for some years now, and after the success of their previous live album, Live from the Left Coast, they’ve decided to make another live one. They’re in the midst of recording several shows across Oregon, with a few special guests joining them along the way. Before recording at Tsunami Books in Eugene both Friday and Saturday night, January 16th and 17th, they came by KLCC for songs and conversation.

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Fingerstyle guitarists Brooks Robertson and John Standefer have been blending their individual styles to create a sonic partnership since meeting in Nashville a few years back. 2014 found them releasing their first album together as a duo, We Came to Play, which was named the top album of the year from the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame. Before returning to Eugene for a show at Cozmic on Saturday evening, January 3rd, they joiined us live in the KLCC studios to celebrate the new year.

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The Caldera Songwriters present their third annual group concert as a benefit for the Egan Warming Center, at Tsunami Books in Eugene on Friday, December 19th at 7:30 p.m. As well as featuring a large array of local songwriters, plus haiku and holiday cheer, the annual event gathers needed supplies for the homeless. In the KLCC studios, Beth Wood performed live, including a new song about Major Thomas Egan, for whom the Egan Warming Center is named; and Charley Harvey of St.

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Arto and Antti Jarvela are cousins from Finland, part of a family with some of the deepest folk music traditions in the land. As well as participating in a wide variety of bands, they’ve released their first CD as a duo this past year, Os Fera Liluli, which presents traditional Finnish fiddle tunes and originals. Before teaching a workshop and performing at the WOW Hall in Eugene on Wednesday, December 10th, they visited the KLCC studios for songs and conversation with Eric Alan.

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Identical twins Laurie & Katelyn Shook return to the KLCC studios for a live performance, along with songwriter John Craigie, and band members Niko Dauossis and Kyle Volkman. They celebrate two nights of concerts at Sam Bond's Garage in Eugene, on Wednesday December 3rd and Thursday December 4th.  Musical and philosophical topics included spraying dollar bills with water, people who claim to have written Bob Dylan's lyrics, and what the bathroom situation might have been like on Noah's Ark.

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Scott Kritzer has become one of America’s leading classical guitarists, along a path that has taken him from Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, from solo recordings to collaborative performances, and teaching experience that includes the creation of his own guitar training method. He is in residence with Chamber Music Amici for a week of performances through December 8th, and he joined us in the KLCC studios for performance and conversation.

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The band Black Prairie began as a spin-off from the Decemberists, but has developed an equal life of its own. The band’s sound has moved from instrumental string-band roots into edgier rock territory and vocals in recent times, especially on their fourth and newest CD, Fortune.

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Mississippi native Steve Forbert has been crafting albums since 1978’s Alive on Arrival first announced his arrival in New York. It’s now been thirty-five years since the follow-up Jackrabbit Slim brought his greatest hit, “Romeo’s Tune,” and he’s celebrating that anniversary with a tour that stops at Tsunami Books in Eugene this Saturday evening, November 15th. He dropped in to perform live in the KLCC studios.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Blaze and Kelly are a duo from Idaho that includes Niccole Blaze on guitar and vocals, and Mo Kelly on bass and vocals. They came in to the KLCC studios for songs and conversation in the midst of an Oregon tour, including upcoming appearances at the Arts Northwest Booking Conference, Nana's Irish Pub in Newport, at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, and the Drift Inn in Yachats.

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Chris Smither has been performing and writing songs for a remarkable fifty years now, and on the occasion of that, he’s released a new album called Still on the Levee that showcases new versions of songs from across his career. A tribute CD called Link of Chain has also been released, with people from Bonnie Raitt to Josh Ritter covering Chris Smither’s songs. Before performing at the Jaqua Concert Hall of the Shedd Institute in Eugene tonight at 7:30 p.m., and stopped by the KLCC studios for a performance and interview with Eric Alan.

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Mother Falcon is an independent rock orchestra from Austin Texas, who are breaking down boundaries between genres, performing everything from original vocal songs to Stravinsky and Radiohead covers. After being voted “Best None of the Above” in Austin three years in a row, they were featured in an NPR Tiny Desk concert last year.  Before appearing at Cozmic in Eugene on September 10th, they performed live in the SELCO Performance Hall of the KLCC studios.

Songwriter Jeffrey Martin performs live in the KLCC studios, as well as introducing the recorded title track of his brand new CD, Dogs In the Daylight. He'll perform at Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove on Thursday, September 4th, and at the Sisters Folk Festival September 5th to 7th. 

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