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And playing the suitcase, it’s local musician Beth Bombara

Local musician uses a suitcase to make music

Beth Bombara and her husband play a variety of instruments, including the suitcase. You can watch her unique performance during the RFT Music Showcase on June 18 in St. Louis.
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Beth Bombara and her husband play a variety of instruments, including the suitcase. You can watch her unique performance during the RFT Music Showcase on June 18 in St. Louis.

The Stagger Inn in Edwardsville had the stage and Beth Bombara had the sound on a recent Friday night. The 32-year-old Michigan native moved to Illinois to attend Greenville College, but stayed in the area after taking note of the strong music scene in the metro-east.

Bombara plays several instruments including acoustic guitar, bass guitar and drums, but the most interesting instrument she and her bandmate and husband Kit Hamon, 32, use is a suitcase. The suitcase acts as a drum and the bass player uses a kick pedal to make the bass line or the beat. After the set is over, Bombara uses the suitcase to carry some of her auxiliary cords. Gotta love a girl who can multi-task.

After collaborating with Drop Kick Robot, a local group from Belleville, Bombara felt that the group was the right choice to help her record her latest album, self-titled “Beth Bombara.” The recording session took place at a studio in Smithton and features eleven tracks.

Bombara, who lives in St. Louis, has performed all across the area for the past few years and was recently chosen to perform at the Riverfront Times Music Showcase. The event is June 18, in The Grove, located along Manchester Boulevard in St. Louis. The event features 90 bands performing live at 10 locations. This is the 15th year for the event and Bombara is excited to be a part of it.

“When I found out I was nominated for a music award, I was honored,” said Bombara, looking surprised while discussing her nomination. “It’s an honor to be noticed for excellence in what you do.”

You can see Bombara perform live at 2 p.m. Saturday on The Bootleg outdoor stage at Atomic Cowboy, 4140 Manchester Ave., St. Louis.

For more information on the RFT Music Showcase, go to http://rftmusicshowcase.com/

To tell me about local musicians, contact me at jhodges@bnd.com, 618-235-2547 and follow me on Twitter @jhodgesBND

Beth Bombara

  • Who: singer, songwriter and musician
  • Where she’s performing: RFT Music Showcase, The Grove neighborhood in south St. Louis
  • When: 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. June 18
  • For information, go to http://rftmusicshowcase.com/
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