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Friday, November 1

"Dia De Los Muertos" (Day of the Dead)


Edna Vazquez with Mariachi Los Palmeros

Orquestra Pacifio Tropical

Danza Azteca

Sonidos Del México Antiguo

Face painters, DJ and VJ, food and drink specials and more!

Procession to the Ballroom from SW Clay and Park at 5:30pm!

#19 of the Crystal Ballroom's "100 Nights"

5:30 p.m. doors

All ages welcome

$10 advance, $12 day of show (12 and under free)

"Dia De Los Muertos" (Day of the Dead)

My name is Luz Elena Mendoza, and I am a Mexican American who has been living here in Portland for almost 8 years.

The music from my band, "Y La Bamba," has been inspired by my latino upbringing, family traditions, and the history of my ancestors. This is why I would like to share my vision of an important Mexican holiday with you.

Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is a celebration of all the saints in our lives who have passed away. It is an event that is rich in Mexican American traditions. This is a holiday of indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years to an Aztec festival dedicated to a Goddess called Mictecacihuatl, a celebration that gathers family and friends to pray for and to remember those family and friends who have died.

Our 3rd annual "Day of the Dead" (Dia de los Muertos) celebration in Portland is scheduled for Friday, November 1st. It will start with a traditional procession led by music through the streets of Portland. Participants will be dressed in black and have painted faces, "como esceletos catrinas y catrinos."

The procession will meet at sundown (5pm) and began at (6pm ) on the South Park Blocks at SW Clay and SW Park Avenue on the park side. It will end at the Crystal Ballroom, where inside, the festivities will continue. These include performances of Mexican Prehispanic Music and Aztec dancing, as well as live music from a Cumbia band and other Latino musicians from the surrounding community.

The procession and festivities are open to the community: family, children, and friends.

We will be working with volunteers and schools to create art programs, where children may work on Day of the Dead decorations, such as prayer flags and sugar skulls. For help with materials and music we asking for contributions at the event: Adults $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Children under 12 are free.

We hope this year, as in past years, to make this night a special Dia de los Muertos for the Portland Community.

If you are interested please feel free to contact me at




Tiburones is a wild new musical project joining the sometimes unhinged vocals of Y La Bamba's Luz Elena Mendoza, with the fiery intensity of Nick Delffs of Shaky Hands and Death Songs.

Luz and Nick began collaborating when Y La Bamba and Death Songs toured the west coast in 2012. During that tour, they discovered a mutual reverence that sung louder than words. 

After touring with The Lumineers in 2012, and inspired by the journey, Luz and Nick began to collect their songs with a raw approach. "The thrill of creating new music overwhelmed us and gave us a path to celebrate life with others." she said. 

The vibrant, incessant beat of Tiburones is an intoxicating three piece with enchanting harmonies and syncopated percussion, electric guitar, bass and keys. 

Influenced by Neil Young, Patti Smith, Richard Brautigan and the pulse of the Velvet Underground, Tiburones frames the sound of folk, with beat heavy rhythms, and songs that split the sea. 

Edna Vazquez with Mariachi Los Palmeros

"Soy libre! libre como el mar, como el viento, como las hojas que le nacen a los arboles. No soy hombre, ni mujer, soy un ser de luz conectado a ti y a los demas!"

Edna Vazquez was born in the Mexican state of Colima but lived the first 16 years of her life in the state of Jalisco, a state that is world-renowned as the soul of Mexican mariachi music. At age 17 she left her native Mexico and traveled to the U.S.A. to start a career in the music business, and met with more success than she ever could have imagined. She found herself singing and playing music across the country in many different styles.

Enda sings with a passion to bring a traditional touch and feeling of Mexico's traditional Folklorico to her audience, and mixes in her own compositions which are sprinkled with a variety of all Latin American genres. She sings with a velvety voice and sometimes whistles the melodies to compliment her guitar. She alternates her traditional music with her rock band project NO PASSENGERS, bringing the audience Original Latin rock songs in English and Spanish. Her talents, however, are not limited to music

Join Edna (and all the talented musicians that collaborate with her) on a musical journey that will take you from traditional Méxican music to contemporary Latin alternative rock  on a wave of magic and charisma!


Orquestra Pacifio Tropical


Deep in the vein filled jungles of each of our hearts beats a music with roots as wide as continents and influence as deep as time itself. Cumbia, music of the Southern American Hemisphere. Orquestra Pacifico Tropical have taken this frenetic, addictive rhythm and accomplished what musicians across time and space have always done, bringing crowds into a blistering dance frenzy. From clubs to the forests of the Pacific Northwest, to hear the ecstatic thump, rumble, and sheer brilliance of the racing rhythms of coastal Columbia side by side with the psychedelic guitar explorations of the Peruvian rain forest is to travel across continents and through time with Orquestra Pacifico Tropical as the guide. WIth respect to those who came and innovated before us, and armed with an arsenal of percussion, woodwinds, horns, accordion and guitars, these 11 friends have come together in the spirit of capturing and breathing new life into this most essential of musics. Cumbia, music of the people.

Featuring members of Sun Angle, Deer or the Doe, O Bruxo, Ioa, Lewi Longmire Band,Tu Fawning, Point Juncture WA, Modernstate, Jippedo and Team Evil, Orquestra Pacifico Tropical's wall of sound is dedicated to expanding the music of Central and South America to the people and dance floors of the Pacific Northwest.

Danza Azteca

In English:

Ollin Aztec dance group Yoliztli ( life and movement. )

It is a group that is serving the community for the purpose of rescuing our roots.

For us, The Dance is a conjuring of magic that functions clearly in society, for the good of the community.

Aztec Dance is not folklore, but instead, a solar ceremony that opens the doors to invisible dimensional planes. They dance in a circle reproducing the circular cosmic movement of perfection, the homogeneity, also the symbol of the spinning wheel of time.

Each one dances like a flame that burns its own problems. For the Aztecs, the balance and contact with their environment was very important. They had the belief that singing and dancing kept them in harmony with the movement of the world, and thus, remain in balance with the universe. In pre-Hispanic times the " song and dance " was called " In Cuicatl InXochitl " ( Song and Flower ) , because it was a way of offering that allowed them to be in contact with the deities who manifested in nature. The dance was considered as a moving form of concentration with which to make offerings and to channel their strength to the achievement of their objectives.

The ritual dance was called Macehualiztli ( merit ) and the popular dance was called Netotiliztli . Every move in the choreography of dance has a specific meaning . Squats and serpentine movements represent fertility , steps firmly on the ground represent the earth and its seeds, the twirls, the air and the spirit. Advanced steps, the downgraded fire, and water the zigzagging steps . There is always a relation to the four elements, water , fire, wind , earth . Also this number is prevalent in Mexican culture as it also represents the four directions , north, south , east, west among other interpretations .

Sacred Circles based on purifying the thousand-headed monster called civilization. Uniting male and female, heaven and earth .

En espanol:

Grupo de danza azteca Ollin Yoliztli (la vida y el movimiento.)

Es un grupo que esta al servicio de la comunidad con el proposito de rescatar nuestras raíces .

Para nosotros la danza es un conjuro mágico que tiene una función claramente social, el bien de la comunidad.

La danza azteca no es folclor sino una ceremonia solar que habré puertas dimensionales con los planos invisibles. Se danza en circulo reproduciendo el movimiento cósmico el circulo de la perfección la homogeneidad también el símbolo del tiempo la rueda que gira.

Cada uno danzando como una Yama que calcina los propios problemas. Para los Aztecas el balance y contacto con su entorno era muy importante. Tenían la creencia que el canto y la danza los mantenían en armonía con el movimiento en el mundo y así estar en balance con el universo. En la época prehispánica al "canto y la danza" se le denomino "In Cuicatl InXochitl " (el Canto y la Flor), porque era una forma de ofrenda que permitía estar en contacto con las deidades que se manifestaban en la naturaleza. A la danza se le consideró como una forma de concentración en movimiento con lo cual al ofrendar y pedir podían canalizar su fuerza al logro de objetivos.

A la danza ritual se le llamó Macehualiztli (merecimiento) y a la danza de popular se le llamó Netotiliztli. Cada movimiento en la coreografía de la danza tiene un significado especifico. Las sentadillas y movimientos serpentinos representan la fertilidad, los pasos asentados en el suelo la tierra y la siembra, las vueltas el aire y el espíritu, los pasos avanzados y retrocedidos el fuego y los pasos zigzagueantes el agua. Siempre se encontrara relación a los cuatro elementos, agua, fuego, viento, tierra. Así mismo este numero es prevalente en la cultura mexica ya que también representa las cuatro direcciones, norte, sur, este, oeste entre otras interpretaciones.

Círculos sagrados basados para purificar el monstruo de mil cabezas llamado civilización. uniendo lo masculino y lo femenino, el cielo con la tierra.

Sonidos Del México Antiguo

In English:

"Sonidos Del Mexico Antiguo" is a group that through music hopes to rescue and give awareness to the true roots of the Anahuac (Mesoamerica). The Prehispanic Music has remained dormant for many years, but remains latent in the hearts of its people, the sons of the stars, people of profound knowledge, true men and women of the corn. This type of music is used in ceremonial dances and sacred rituals to announce the astro and solar movements, and also to evoke the representatives of nature, who are the supporters of life. This is the music of the ancestors of the Anahuac who seemed to have been lost in time, but are still here, alive like the sound of the birds. The Prehispanic music imitates and worships Mother Nature with natural instruments and native tones like: turtle shells, rain sticks, water drums, Teponaztli, huehuetl, mud drums, bamboo scrapers, rattles, Mayan trumpets, stone marimbas, mud whistles, clay flutes and reeds, clay ocarinas. Members are: Sera Martinez, Eulogio Martinez Rodriguez, Miguel Martinez y David Tellez.

En espanol:

"Sonidos Del México Antiguo" Es un grupo que a través de música pretende rescatar y dar a conocer la verdadera raíz del Anáhuac (Mesoamerica). La música Prehispánica ha permanecido dormida durante muchos años, pero sigue latente en los corazones de su gente que son la raza de los hijos de las estrellas, gente de profundo conocimiento, hombres y mujeres verdaderos de maíz. Este tipo de música era usada en danzas ceremoniales y rituales sagrados para anunciar movimientos solares y de astros, también para evocar a los representantes de la naturaleza que son los sustentadores de la vida,esta es la música de los ancestros del Anáhuac que parecía estar perdía en el tiempo pero sigue aquí , viva como el sonido de los pájaros. La música prehispánica imita y ronde culto a la madre naturaleza con instrumentos naturales y autóctonos como son: conchas de tortuga, palos de lluvia, tambores de agua, teponaztles, huehuetl, percusiones de barro, raspadores de bambú, sonajas, trompetas mayas, marimbas de piedra, silvatos de barro, flautas de barro y de carrizo, ocarinas de barro. Integrantes:Sera Martinez, Eulogio Martinez Rodriguez,Miguel Martinez y David Tellez

#19 of the Crystal Ballroom's "100 Nights"

Portland's Crystal Ballroom, as an ongoing entertainment staple for the city since 1914, celebrates its 100th birthday with a 100-day-long party! From October 14, 2013 to its actual centennial-mark on January 21, 2014, daily events will tumble forth from the historic Crystal Ballroom and its second-floor space Lola's Room, with an occasional spotlight pointed at the affable setting of Ringlers Pub.

Events will feature a mix of current national acts, the return of longtime Portland favorites, showcases of up-and-comers, and themed events inspired by key eras of the Crystal past. While the series will end with a bang - a performance by the Decemberists' Colin Meloy on January 21 - the entire run of shows will be stacked with stellar talent. Additional events will pay tribute to the Crystal's amazing history, with ballroom dance extravaganzas, old-timey/Americana dances, a gypsy-themed event, soul/funk shows and psychedelic jams.

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