Portland's 3 Leg Torso returns to The River Theater for the fourth time to delight Astorian audiences at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2. The "devilishly clever" ensemble recently opened for Pink Martini at the Liberty Theater's grand reopening, and reportedly played for an hour and a half. They're known for their synthesis of chamber music, tango, klezmer, Latin and world music.

Tickets are $10 in advance, available at The River's box office from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, online at www.rivertheater.com and at the Astoria Co-op, 14th and Duane streets, or $12 at the door. Beer and wine will be available.

3 Leg Torso formed in 1996 as a violin, cello and accordion trio with the mission of creating original modern chamber music for their unique instrumentation. Over the following years, the band has expanded both its musical mission and its size to become a quartet. As principal composers, founding members Bela Balogh (violin and trumpet) and Courtney Von Drehle (accordion) provide the core of 3 Leg Torso's sound. They are joined by veteran percussionist/mallet player Gary Irvine and fiery upright bass player Michael Papillo.

The band's history began with street performances and led to their releasing two CDs, East Coast and West Coast tours, performances with symphony orchestras and a profile on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."

Previous performances at The River Theater filled to capacity.The intimate 90-seat venue puts the audience up-close and personal with the exhilirating music, leaving a feeling that is "rather difficult to describe," but one that is drawing people back again and again.


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