Thursday, May 31, 2018

Natalia Lafourcade

6:30 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show

$40 advance, $45 day of show

All ages welcome

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Natalia Lafourcade

Natalia Lafourcade

Natalia Lafourcade is an innovative singer-­songwriter from Mexico. Her music has roots in Latin America, yet contains elements of rock, jazz, pop, bossa nova and folk, drawing a major following in the Americas and beyond. Her work has been recognized with awards including ten LATIN GRAMMYs and one GRAMMY.

Musical background

Natalia Lafourcade was born February 26,1984 in Mexico City. She grew up in Coatepec, Veracruz surrounded by music, as both parents were professional musicians. Natalia's talent blossomed early, followed by lessons in guitar, piano and voice. At age 14, she joined the pop group Twist, and soon after she decided to study music formally. She began to write songs and at age 17 signed her first record deal with Sony Music.

Recordings and recognition

Her debut solo album, Natalia Lafourcade (2002), topped the charts in Mexico and prompted a LATIN GRAMMY nomination for the 17-­year-­old in the category of Best New Artist. In 2005, she formed a band, La Forquetina, and with them recorded the album Casa, produced by Emanuel del Real (of Café Tacvba) and Aureo Baqueiro, this time receiving the LATIN GRAMMY for Best Rock Album. After parting with her band in 2006, she composed purely instrumental compositions for an EP, Las cuatro estaciones del amor (The Four Seasons of Love) (2006), collaborating with the National Youth Orchestra of Veracruz. For her following material, she returned to solo work, writing original pop songs for the album, HU HU HU (2009).

Natalia was featured on the 2011 album Travieso Carmesí, containing classic Mexican songs she had performed in concert with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. Inspired by the experience, she created Mujer Divina -­ Homenaje a Agustín Lara (a tribute to Agustín Lara) (2013), adapting a selection of songs by this famous composer from Veracruz, some presented as solos and others in collaboration with Miguel Bosé, Vicentico, Lila Downs, Jorge Drexler, Leonel García and other recording artists. The album won two LATIN GRAMMY awards: Best Alternative Album and Best Long Version Music Video. Two years later, her next album of original material, Hasta la raíz (To the Root), produced by Natalia, Cachorro López and Leonel García, enjoyed enormous popular and critical success, winning a GRAMMY in 2016 for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album, and 5 LATIN GRAMMYs in 2015: Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Alternative Album, Best Alternative Song, and Best Engineered Album.

In early 2017 Natalia released Musas, un homenaje al folclore latinoamericano en manos de Los Macorinos (Muses, a tribute to Latin American folklore in the hands of Los Macorinos). This album contains music by some of Natalia's muses -­ Latin American composers Agustín Lara, Maria Grever, Violeta Parra, Margarita Lecuona, and Atahualpa Yupanqui -­ as well as original songs. It received two LATIN GRAMMYs: Best Folk Album and Best Long Form Music Video. Natalia also recorded a mariachi-­style version one of her songs from the album, Mexicana Hermosa, with Carlos Rivera.

Additional honors highlights

In addition to her Grammy awards, Natalia has received numerous recognitions for excellence, including MTV Latin Awards, an Indie-­O award for musical production, recognitions from the Society of Authors and Composers of Mexico (SACM), as well as an award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in 2016, honoring artists with extraordinary musical careers. In 2016-­2017 she was invited to participate in the iconic PBS television program Austin City Limits in Texas, in special sessions for the Los Angeles radio station KCRW, and in a "Tiny Desk" session of National Public Radio.

Performing highlights

Natalia has participated in tributes musical greats such as Juan Gabriel, Caetano Veloso, Simón Díaz, José Alfredo Jiménez, Mecano, José José, Intocable, Luis Eduardo Aute and Chavela Vargas. She has sung duets with Pepe Aguilar, Juan Gabriel, José José y Gilberto Santa Rosa, among many others.

In October 2017, Natalia performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, directed by Gustavo Dudamel, in a program featuring her music. For the celebration of the Mexican Bicentennial of Independence in 2010, Natalia was invited to perform classic Mexican songs along with Denice Gutierrez, Ely Guerra, and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, conducted by Alondra de la Parra.

Throughout her career, Natalia has toured widely in México, the United States, Central and South America, Japan, Spain, Italy, and other parts of Europe. In 2015, her Hasta la Raíz concert in the legendary 10,000-­seat Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City sold out. Her latest tour Musas included sold-­out shows in historic theaters throughout Mexico, and also in the cities of Miami, Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York and Buenos Aires.

Film, television, and musical production

Natalia was featured artist in the song "Remember Me", of the Pixar Movie, Coco, released in 2017. Previously, Natalia sang on the soundtracks of El Gato con Botas (Puss 'N Boots) (2009) and the television series Locas de Amor (Crazy for Love). She collaborated on soundtracks for the films Amarte duele (It hurts to love you), Temporada de patos (Duck Season), and No sé si cortarme las venas o dejarmelas largas (I don't know whether to cut my veins or grow them long). She appeared in the 2012 film, El cielo en tu mirada (Heaven in your Eyes), directed by Pedro Pablo Ybarra, and in the documentary Hecho en México (Made in Mexico), produced by Duncan Bridgeman. Cosmo TV produced the reality show Mi Mundo Privado (My Private World) about the life of Natalia.

As a musical producer, Natalia has worked with singer-­songwriters Carla Morrison and Ximena Sariñana.

Humanitarian commitment

Natalia is an ambassador for her country's culture and a defender of humanitarian causes. She has participated in numerous benefit concerts in Mexico, Guatemala, the U.S. and other parts of the world. She wrote the theme song "Un derecho de nacimiento (A Birthright)" to help the political youth movement YoSoy132 and the music for the cultural project "Yo descubrí Yucatán (I discovered Yucatan)." She has supported various causes such as Un techo para mi país (A roof for my country), El Caracol Foundation, the Camino Seguro Foundation, and the Ponte Oreja project of the MVS Foundation. She supports the UN Refugee Agency and is a spokesperson for Save the Children, where she works actively on behalf of the boys and girls of the world. She is currently raising awareness and funds for the Center of Son Jarocho, (traditional folk music) in Jáltipan, Veracruz, which was devastated by the earthquake of September 2017.



The Crystal Ballroom

1332 W. Burnside
Portland OR 97209

(503) 225-0047
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Where On Any Night, Anything Can Happen!!

In these walls...

The historic Crystal Ballroom -- now over a century old -- is one of those rare concert halls that can point to a proud, diverse history while also laying claim to an ongoing musical legacy. Every time you enter this majestic ballroom, let your imagination sense the tremors resonating from a century's worth of gatherings, and realize that you are joining a thriving, generations-long procession of show-goers. Welcome!

Looking for your Crystal Ballroom Passport Stamps?

Crystal Ballroom, Lola’s Room & Crystal Brewery Tour occurs daily at 2 p.m. - meet at Ringlers Pub (street level below the Crystal Ballroom.) The tour takes about half an hour to complete. Any questions may be directed to the Crystal box office, 503-225-0047.

Stamps for the Crystal Ballroom and Lola’s Room are also available when you see a show – ticketed or free – in either venue.

Please note: Due to private events, concert setup needs and brewers’ schedules, not all spaces are guaranteed to be available to tour daily, but our staff will give it our best shot and show you the spaces that we can.

Tech Specs

Floor and stage plan
PDF download

Lighting diagram 
PDF download

Sound manifest
PDF download
Lola's Room: 
PDF download

Technical and logistical packet
For Crystal Ballroom & Lola's Room
PDF download

Ballroom height and beam-to-beam dimensions
16' 11" from beam to floor
19' 11" from floor to ceiling
14' 6" in between beams

Promoter Info

Rental Expenses To Outside Promoters

$365  PRODUCTION MANAGER ($54.75/hr OT)
$255  STAGE MANAGER ($38.32/hr OT)
$255  FOH TECHNICIAN ($38.32/hr OT)
$255  MONITOR ENGINEER ($38.32/hr OT)
$255  LIGHTING DIRECTOR ($38.32/hr OT)
$150  HOSPITALITY ($20/hr OT) [mileage is 33 cents per mile]
$1,000*  SECURITY ($100/hr OT)
$100  BOX OFFICE STAFF ($20/hr OT)
$ ----  CHAIR RENTAL ($2 per chair)
$ ----  BOX OFFICE CREDIT CARD FEE (3% of Box Credit Card Sales)

* Security cost is an estimate. Additional security may be required depending on the nature of the event. 

Overtime: All expenses incurred by the Crystal Ballroom for Catering, Advertising, requested stagehands, overtime (anything over 10 hours), backline, barricade, risers, etc. will be added to total rental rate.

Deposits: A non-refundable 50% room deposit and a $2,500 'untenured promoter fee' (UPF) is due immediately in order to secure the room. If ticket sales exceed 500 the 'UPF' will be refunded; if ticket sales are below 500 the room keeps the entire $2,500 to make up for less than 1/3 capacity and corresponding lack of sales. The 'UPF' will not be refunded if the event cancels within 60 days of the event.

Settlement: Venue will pay renter with a company check at the immediate conclusion of door sales. Venue will not provide any cash at settlement.

Late Night Fee: There is a $1,000/hour additional fee for any events after 3 a.m. We may also require additional security for events of that nature.

Merchandise: Merch rate is 20% they sell. We can provide a seller with advance notice and will keep 30% of sales. The outside promoter will receive no revenue from the merchandise as that is the prerogative of the house. House keeps a percentage of all transactions.

Tickets: All tickets must be placed through the venue onto the Cascade Tickets system. All comps, label buys, and holds must be approved by the venue. There is a $1/ticket venue fee at the Box Office.

Refunds: All refunds will be directed to the outside promoter. In the absence of an outside promoter representative, the venue shall use its own discretion regarding refunds and all refunds shall be deducted from settlement.

Insurance and Licenses: Renter must provide liability insurance not less than $1,000,000 for any single occurrence naming McMenamins Inc. d.b.a. Crystal Ballroom as additionally insured. Tickets will not be placed on sale until binder is received. Promoter is responsible for all ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC fees.

Production Advance: Performers or their representative must contact venue's production manager 5 days prior to the event in order to advance production needs, otherwise runner will arrive at 6 p.m. and all rider items/requests will be greatly limited if provided at all.

Layout: The Crystal Ballroom is located on the 3rd floor. The first floor is Ringlers Restaurant and the 2nd floor is Lola's Room, both of which may have a public or private event simultaneously with the Crystal.

Cancellation/Postponement: The contract covers the specified event for the specified date. No substitution will be accepted for a cancellation. If the event is postponed the room deposit will be transferred to the date of the new event but the $2,500 'UPF' will be applied toward the date of the originally scheduled show and an additional $2,500 will be required in order to reschedule.

Capacity: The venue's capacity is 1500*. All artist and promoter guests and comps will be deducted from sellable. Comp and guest space must be reserved in advance. House is entitled to 20 guests. House guests will not effect sellable. Promoter must have guest list to house no later than 2 hours prior to doors. VIP cap is 25.

* Seated capacity is 850. Seated shows must be 21 and over. There is a $2/chair rental fee.

Venue and corporate sponsor banners may be present during event.

Marketing your event at the Crystal Ballroom

Please contact Mike Walker for information about marketing your event through McMenamins resources.

Box Office

Please note! Both the Crystal Ballroom and Lola's Room specialize in open-floor shows with a very limited amount of seats. The rare seated events will be clearly denoted as such, within the event description on our schedule page.

Box Office Information

Tickets for all McMenamins shows are ticketed by Cascade Tickets, and may be purchased at the Crystal box office (located under the Crystal's awning) and McMenamins Edgefield, by phone at 1-855-CAS-TIXX, or by clicking the "Buy Tickets" link located at the event listing on our schedules.

Tickets bought directly at the Crystal box office or any of our four ticket outlets will only incur a $1 facility charge. (Please note! Tickets to Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn will incur additional service fees.)

Crystal Ballroom Box Office Hours 
Daily, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The box office is open later on nights when there is a performance.
Tickets may also be purchased in Ringlers Pub, Monday through Friday from 6 to 11 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The box office accepts cash, VISA, MasterCard, American Express and DiscoverCard.

Will Call

Will call is located at the box office.


All ticket purchases are non-refundable.


There are three pay lots nearby, and street parking is available.


Those with disabilities may call (503 225 0047) or email in advance to arrange early admittance.

There is an elevator located in the lobby.

Hold your Private Event at Crystal Ballroom

Weddings  Meetings  Social Events

The Crystal Ballroom is a truly awe-inspiring venue with its vaulted ceilings, grand chandeliers, giant wallscapes and famous "floating" dance floor. Accommodating groups from 100 to 1000 people, this 7,500-square-foot space includes access to the Ballroom's classic corner stage, floor-to-ceiling windows, swooping balcony, and full bar service.

Tucked in the Crystal’s second story is Lola’s Room accommodating events of up to 200 guests.  Lola’s comes with a handsome fully stocked bar, original artwork, and a floating dance floor all it’s own.

For overnight accommodations, our Crystal Hotel is just a block away!


Artwork plays an important role in the character of McMenamins locations throughout Oregon and Washington. We believe art makes life richer and more enjoyable. So, you'll often find paintings covering our walls, ceilings doors, overhead pipes, and equipment -- works as diverse and entertaining as our places for family and friends. Many artists have contributed to this vast variety of delightful eye candy. Jump in and enjoy some now!




Explore the Crystal Blocks

Our Crystal Hotel and legendary Crystal Ballroom are just across the street from each other, each offering their own unique spaces for live music, Northwest style fare and McMenamins hand crafted beverages.  Explore these properties and all they have to offer. 

Crystal Ballroom Property

Crystal Ballroom  Lola's Room  Ringlers Pub  Crystal Brewery

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Crystal Hotel  Al's Den  Ringlers Annex  Zeus Cafe

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