KLCC Live Performances

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. 

Photo by Eric Alan

Rebecca Lomnicky is a Scottish fiddler originally from Corvallis. In 2009, she won the Glenfiddich International Scottish Fiddle Championship in Scotland, after previously winning the junior division of the US National Scottish Fiddle Competition in 2005. Joining her in duo at the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove on August 28th is the equally accomplished piper David Brewer, another Oregon native. He leads the Celtic band Molly’s Revenge, and has played with many top ensembles, including the Chieftains.

Photo by Eric Alan

Sweet Ghosts is a band led by Katherine Byrnes and Ryan Alfred, with beautiful harmonies and atmospheric textures merged with acoustic roots, on their deubt CD Certain Truths. Ryan Alfred is best known for his work as the bassist in Calexico, and Katherine Byrnes has sung in Amos Lee’s touring band, as well as leading the University of Arizona’s big band, and maintaining her own solo career. Before appearing at Sam Bond's Garage in Eugene on Wednesday, August 6th, they performed in the KLCC studios in trio form, joined by Colin Shook on the bass.

Photo by Tiffany Eckert

Chris Chandler and Paul Benoit have uniquely merged performance poetry and storytelling with roots music, over the course of countless shows and two CDs together, the latest of which is Matadors. Chris Chandler also has a new book collection out, called Avoiding Godot. They performed live in the KLCC studios along with percussionist Jarrod Kaplan of My Father's Ghost, before appearing at Sam Bond's Garage in Eugene on Thursday, July 31st.

A live in-studio performance at KLCC from Absolute Harmony, a five-piece all-women a cappella ensemble from Corvallis. They perform an original song, then cover Steve Martin, and talk with Eric Alan about being inspired by everything from South African freedom songs to their children.

3 Leg Torso Live at KLCC

Jul 18, 2014
Photo by Eric Alan

The band 3 Leg Torso has been making eclectic music for nearly two decades, integrating elements of chamber music, tango, Gypsy music, Latin, klezmer and more. Their music has found its way into several films as well as on recordings. They’re currently working on two new albums, as well as hitting the road for the live shows that they love. They joined Eric Alan in the KLCC studios, on their way to the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove.

Zac Wolfe Live at KLCC

Jul 3, 2014
Photo by Eric Alan

Eugene guitarist Zac Wolfe blends jazz, Latin and pop styles, and recently had the opportunity to make his debut album, Hello, with one of his inspirations, the great drummer Stix Hooper of the Crusaders. Before performing at Art and the Vineyard in Alton Baker Park in Eugene on Friday, July 4th with his full band, he visited the KLCC studios in duo form with Brazilian percussionist Valter Da Silva, for songs and conversation.

Photo by Eric Alan

Portland songwriter Ashleigh Flynn returns to her former home of Eugene for a house concert on Friday evening, June 27th, as well as performing in Bend at McMenamins on Wednesday, July 2nd and at Planktown in Springfield on Thursday, July 3rd, with her band the Back Porch Majority. Her most recent CD is called A Million Stars, produced by Chris Funk from the Decemberists. The album’s songs primarily involve female Wild West characters. She joined Eric Alan in the KLCC studios for songs and conversation.

Photo by Eric Alan

KLCC and the Oregon Bach Festival continued their annual collaborative tradition by celebrating the opening of the year's festival with a special hour-long performance in the SELCO Performance Hall of the KLCC studios, on Wednesday evening, June 25th. This year's performance featured cellist Jonathan Manson and lutenist Simon Martyn-Ellis--two of the world's top players on their respective instruments--with a live studio audience. The broadcast was hosted by KLCC's Eric Alan, and co-hosted by John Steinmetz from the Oregon Bach Festival. It was a truly memorable evening.

Elias Kauhane is an Oahu native who will be the featured performer at this month’s Aloha Friday at Cozmic in Eugene, bringing Hawaiian culture to the Willamette Valley in an evening that also features "Hello Summer Songs" and a quiz on the birds of Hawaii. Elias Kauhane joins Eric Alan in the KLCC studios for music and conversation about the shifting culture of Hawaii, including the newly enlivened movement around Hawaiian sovereignty.

Photo by Eric Alan

Eugene musician Tyler Fortier has been busy lately, both as a producer and a songwriter. He’ll celebrate both aspects this Saturday, June 14th at Cozmic in Eugene. It’s a CD release party for his own new CD, Black and White Heart, and for Beth Wood’s new release, Sometimes Love, which he produced. He visited the KLCC studios for two live songs and one from his new CD.

Photo by Eric Alan

Nathan Brown is the current Poet Laureate of Oklahoma, as well as a musician, photographer, workshop leader and teacher. His latest book is Less is More, More or Less; and his most recent CD is Gypsy Moon. He stopped by the KLCC studios for songs, poetry and conversation before a  house concert in Eugene with Beth Wood on Friday, June 10th, and a reading at Paulina Springs Books in Sisters on Saturday evening, June 11th.

Photo by Eric Alan

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on the UO campus in Eugene presents “Placing Pierre Daura,” an exhibition of work by the Catalan-American artist, curated by students from the university. In conjunction with that, music and dance instructor Laura Wayte and her students present an event on Saturday afternoon, June 7th called “A Spirited Bourree,” joined by Nathalie Fortin on piano and David Rogers on guitar. It includes songs in Catalan and Spanish that highlight prominent themes in Pierra Daura’s work.

Run Boy Run Live at KLCC

May 23, 2014

Run Boy Run is a progressive bluegrass band from Arizona, weaving occasional elements of classical and jazz into their sound at times. Their first full-length CD, So Sang the Whippoorwill, was released last year, with liner notes by Garrison Keillor. A new CD called Something to Someone will be out this fall. Run Boy Run stopped by the KLCC studios for songs and conversation, before perform at the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove on Friday, May23rd.They will return to the KLCC listening region on Wednesday, May 28th for a show at Bombs Away Café in Corvallis.

Ben Sollee Live at KLCC

May 19, 2014
Photo by Eric Alan

Kentucky native Ben Sollee has uniquely combined cello and songwriting, in his eclectic career. After his 2012 release Half-Made Man, he’s also produced the limited-edition release The Hollow Sessions, is the featured cellist in a forthcoming movie with John Travolta and Robert DeNiro, wrote a score for the documentary film Maidentrip, performed on two other motion picture soundtracks and two ballet performances, taught workshops and more.

Photo by Eric Alan

Betty and the Boy are now a string quintet, led by Bettreena Jaeger and Josh Harvey, joined by Michelle Whitlock (violin), Nanci McDonald (cello) and Jon Conlon (upright bass). They have just released their second CD, The Wreckage, produced by Billy Barnett at Gung Ho Studios in Eugene. Before performing CD release shows in Bend at the Tower Theatre on Saturday, May 17th, and in Eugene on May 24th, they visited the KLCC studios for three live songs and one from the new album.

Photo by Eric Alan

Patchy Sanders is a folk orchestra based in Ashland, Oregon. In the first year of their existence, they've already recorded their debut album, Patchy Sanders and the Wild Peach Forest, with producer Sylvia Massy (responsible for albums ranging from Tool to Prince to Johnny Cash). They're also looking forward to a busy summer of west coast festivals and beyond. Before performing at Cozmic in Eugene on Thursday, May 15th, they visited the KLCC studios for a few songs and conversation with Eric Alan. 

Photo by Eric Alan

The Lovebirds are the San Diego-based duo of Lindsay White and Veronica May, bringing their solid songs and harmonies to original music with elements of pop, folk and beyond. Their latest CD, Breakup Shmakeup, features songs about their journey of parting as a romantic couple in order to better stay a musical one. Before performing live at Black Forest in Eugene on May 13th, they joined Eric Alan in the KLCC studios for songs and conversation.

Photo by Eric Alan

Early music vocal ensemble Vox Resonat presents "Springtime in Paris," bringing French songs from the Middle Ages and the early Renaissance periods--all celebrating spring, nature and love--to the Central Lutheran Church in Eugene on Saturday, May 10th. Vox Resonat joined Eric Alan in the SELCO Performance Hall of the KLCC studios, including founder and director Eric Mentzel, vocalists Heather Holmquest, Emily Hopkins, and Ryan Dixon, and instrumentalists David Rogers on lute, Laura Zaerr on medieval harp, and Adam Dunson on percussion.

Photo by Eric Alan

Texas native Sarah Jarosz has built a remarkable music career, after signing with Sugar Hill Records at age sixteen. Seven years later, she has three albums to her credit, including the latest, Build Me Up from Bones, which was nominated for a Grammy Award this year for Best Folk Album. The title track also received a nomination for Best American Roots Song. The CD features her regular trio, including Corvallis native Alex Hargreaves on the violin, and Nathaniel Smith on the cello.

Shook Twins Live at KLCC

May 2, 2014
Photo by Eric Alan

Identical twins Laurie and Katelyn Shook are celebrating the release of the new Shook Twins CD, What We Do, with a performance at the McDonald Theatre in Eugene on Friday, May 2nd. They dropped by the KLCC studios to perform a few songs, along with Anna Tivel on violin and Niko Dauossis on mandolin (on Niko's birthday). A good time was had by all, especially with the magnifying glass.

Photo by Eric Alan

Matt Andersen hails from the tiny Canadian village of Perth-Andover, and now spends much of his life touring with his acoustic blues music. His newest CD is Weightless, produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos. Before performing at Cozmic in Eugene on Wednesday, April 30th, he dropped by the KLCC studios to play a few soulful songs from Weightless and talk to Eric Alan about working with Steve Berlin, his collaborative songwriting process and a recent experience he had performing for prison inmates.

Photo by Isabel A. Zacharias

Ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro stopped by the KLCC studios for a live performance and interview before his appearance at the McDonald Theatre in Eugene on Friday, April 25th. He played songs ranging from traditional Hawaiian and Japanese music, to his signature cover of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." He talked about adapting music to the ukulele, and the odd experience of being the subject of the documentary film Life on Four Strings.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo by Eric Alan

Vocalist and pianist Robin Bacior  is part of a musical duo with cellist Dan Bindschedler, who've recently relocated to Portland from New York. They're working on a new CD called Water Dreams, to be released this summer. They visited the KLCC studios to play a few songs, before performing at the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove on Thursday, April 3rd.

Photo by Eric Alan

March 31st marks the 3rd anniversary of one of baseball’s most tragic fan violence cases: the Opening Day beating of Bryan Stow in the Dodger Stadium parking lot.  It also marks one of the most unusual musical benefit efforts in response. Eric Alan travels with Tim Flannery and the Lunatic Fringe—a band led by the San Francisco Giants third-base coach—to explore the place where music, baseball and healing from violence converge.

 

Solas Plays Live At KLCC

Mar 27, 2014
Photo by Michael Canning

The Irish-American band Solas stopped by the KLCC studios for an interview/performance with KLCC's Eric Alan. They are touring the Pacific Northwest in support of their latest project, Shamrock City. Solas plays the Shedd Institute in Eugene tonight (3/27), and in Sisters, Or. on Saturday night (3/29).

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