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The BC Combo
Bev "BC" Conklin - Vocals | Wayne Smith - Guitar, Percussion, Vocals |
Kevin Groller - Drums | Joe Mac - Guitar | TBD - Bass
"It's all about having fun..."
The BC Combo brings their wealth of experience and passion to Blues, Jazz, Swing, Folk, R&B, Soul and more. The list of who's who continues from their stage performances with Ray Charles, Koko Taylor, Ronnie Earl, Shemekia Copeland, Son Seals, Lonnie Brooks, Rhonnie Baker Brooks, Saffire, the Holmes Brothers, Carl Weathersby, Eddie King and so many more. The BC Combo is among the Lehigh Valley’s top performing groups being honored since 1999 by the Lehigh Valley Music Awards.
Formerly known as BC & The Blues Crew, The BC Combo has been performing since the early 90s at festivals, concerts and events in Northeastern U.S. from the Pennsylvania Blues Festival to headlining Musikfest stages. The band reels you in with their signature style; recognized by audiences across the region and abroad. New Orleans native, Bev Conklin (BC), has an extraordinary compassion and grace that compliments her broad range of vocal styles and effortless power in voice. Wayne Smith on guitar and vocals, is the band leader, producer and arranger on all their material, insuring a new show experience with his influences from his icons. U.S. Marine, Kevin Groller, brings the steady beat on drums. Chicago and Detroit native, Joe Mac... pours the tone and grooves on guitar. Their motto…”It’s all about having fun!”
- Videos on You Tube
House of the Rising Sun (Das Awkscht Fescht)
search Bev Conklin Valentines's Day | The BC Combo The Sand Bar
- Live-ly (The BC Combo 2010)
- Order online at cdbaby.com
Recordings: Music and Production - Wayne Smith; Minstrel Records
- Unfinished Business (BC & The Blues Crew 1998 | 2003)
- Lehigh Valley Music Award Winner - Best CD in all Genres | Best CD Design/Art
- Creole Etouffee (BC & The Blues Crew 2002)
- Lehigh Valley Music Award Winner - Best CD
- Live & Unplugged at Godfrey Daniels (BC & The Blues Crew 2003)
- show sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Music Awards
- BC & Lea Live at Godfrey Daniels (BC & The Blues Crew 2004)
- show sponsored by WDIY Radio
- Good One! (BC & The Blues Crew 2008)
- show sponsored by WDIY Radio
10-November 2019 - https://www.facebook.com/groups/808508479563841/permalink/850950261986329?sfns=mo
24-April 2019 - Bloomsburg PA (The Exchange - The Listening Room)
April's Listening Room was The BC Combo. I believe this was the first quartet to grace the stage for this monthly musical get-to-gether. Not quite sure how they all fit on the 8'X6' stage, plus gear, but they pulled it off. As the old adage goes - good things come in small packages - and Bev & the boys killed at Wednesday's gig.
Thanks to the Combo for making the trip up from "The Valley" and entertaining our monthly blues-gathering.
By David Otto Kurecian"It was a powerful show. It was a whisper and a roar all in one."
"I thought your set was fabulous--your band filled the music to perfection."
"What a superb performance you and the whole band put in on Friday evening – it was magnificent!"
"what a beautiful and outstanding performance - it just bristled with feeling."
"Your new originals are powerful and they capture each of you as individuals - extraordinary."
"Infectious grooves. Great playing and singing."
"Great vocals. The drums were tight. ...Loved it!"
"BC, no one has topped your delivery on Hip Shakin Mama yet!"
"Great vocals, great harmonies. Obvious seasoned veterans. Perfect fit for one another. Great job!"
"You and your mates are the best combo I have ever heard. Thank you so much for making this day one of the most memorable I've ever had."
Bev Conklin, also known as BC (fondly called Lehigh Valley's Queen of the Blues), began her career as the lead singer of BC & The Blues Crew, formed in 1992. This band, based out of the Lehigh Valley PA, became the premier, female-led Blues band in the region with 5 CDs receiving international play and publication reviews. The 5 CDs recorded, represent their singer-songwriter skills and have continued to receive international attention and sales. This group became 1 of 7 bands who made it to the Finals in Memphis TN, during the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge (IBC). There, they represented the Billtown Blues Society after winning its local IBC. Most of the band members have received Lehigh Valley Music Awards over the years for Best Vocalist (BC), All-around Performer (BC), Best Band, Best Website, Best CDs, Best Instrumentalist (wind, keyboards, bass and guitar) and many others over the years. Wayne Smith received the LVMA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. BC was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by The Blues Musicians Guild of the Lehigh Valley.
In 2010, the band changed its name to The BC Combo and recorded Live-ly with a mix of originals or arranged covers. Now, over 2 decades together, the band has reached a level of entertainment by well-respected supporters. The BC Combo has performed at nearly every concert hall, music and wine festival and major events old and new. They have headlined and featured many of these arenas and continue to perform locally as area favorites. The highest honor aside for opening for Ray Charles, was the most recent years as the host band for the Pennsylvania Blues Festival (formerly known as the Pocono Blues Festival), featuring regional and national Blues artists on the opening day of this all-weekend event.
Bev Conklin manages and books the band. Bev is the founder and producer of The Lehigh River Blues Jam, a grass-roots festival held at the Days Hotel Jetport Ballroom on Airport Rd. in Allentown PA the last Saturday in January. Prior to this she was part of the production team for The Hack’s Blues Festival, Easton PA’s Beer Festival, Cementon PA’s Lehigh Valley Blues Festival and Blues Ambassador for Blues 2000 & Beyond. Bev and the band have helped many local artists reach their own level of maturity at their weekly jams and have played a role in numerous philanthropic efforts, including Turning Point, 2nd Harvest Food Bank, NJ Food Shelter and hosting benefits to support local artists. BC and the band have been invited to perform with many of the region’s finest bands on recordings and for numerous events in prominent venues over the years. They are already booked for major regional blues festivals and events near you.
Their motto... "It's all about having fun". They are in the process of recording a new CD, which will represent new songs written over the past 4 years. The BC Combo is a well respected group from diverse backgrounds and has international years of touring experience by most of its members. They are always up for new experiences and the rewards of growing their large community of supporters.
Weekly Sunday jam at The Blue Monkey, Catasauqua PA (5:30-9:30).
Some of the Festivals and Events over the years
• The Pennsylvania Blues Festival, Musikfest, Das Awkscht Fescht, and The Lehigh River Blues Jam
• Steel Stacks Musikfest Cafe and Blast Furnace Blues Festival
• Central Pennsylvania Jazz Fest / Berk's Jazz Fest
• Kutztown Fair and Allentown Fair / Kapona Music Fest / Pinnacle Blues Fest / Neff's Church - Blues Nite out
• Kempton Music Festival and Bethlehem's Harvest Fest / Media Blues Crawl
• Mayfair | Godfrey Daniels
• Pocono Blues Festival Weekend – Big Boulder Corp. Sponsored Club Act
• Briggs Farm Blues Festival | Destination Blues - Bloomsburg Blues Festival | The Exchange - The Listening Room
• Mosconetcong Blues Festival / Knowlton Blues Fest / Cape Cod Blues Festival
• Memphis in May Festival
• Baltimore Blues Festival
• Billtown Blues Society Blues Festival
• Lehigh Valley (Cementon) Blues Fest | Blues 2000 & Beyond
• Split Rock Wine Fest | NJ State Wine Growers Assoc Wine Fest | Penns Peak Wine Fest
• Bernie J. Crum Stadium July 4th Celebration
• 2nd Harvest Food Bank Gala / NJ Foodshed Wine, Beer & Food Festival
• Illicks Mill Galas, United Way Galas, Angel 34 Foundation Gala,
• Anglesea Blues Festival, Alba Food Truck & Wine Festival
• Lehigh Valley Health Network Galas
• Annapolis Yacht Club Luekemia Lymphoma Fundraiser | MDA Galas
• The Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge
• Mauch Chunk Opera House, State Theater, Allentown Symphony Hall, Sellersville Theater, Roxy Theater, Civic Theater
More of what people and venues are sayin...
"Thank you for being the first to christen the stage. We couldn't have asked for better weather. The band sounded great!" Dorothy & Tom (Alba Vineyard Food Truck and Wine Festival 2018)
"What a superb performance you and the whole band put in on Friday evening – it was magnificent! Thank you for all the extra preparation that you put in for this performance, adding new jazz material to your playlist like Memphis Underground, or new material in the jazz tradition of jazzy takes on popular traditional material like Scarborough Fair and House of the Rising Sun and other popular songs, as well as your fabulous rendition of Summertime. I’m sure that you won over a number of new fans that had not been exposed to your music before. It’s a pity it wasn’t recorded, it would have made an excellent live album. Thanks again for all of your effort and for the tremendous performance." August 2012, Allentown Symphony Hall Jazz Cabaret Series - Bill Dautremont-Smith - Executive Director WDIY
"Ditto Bev, one of the top 3 shows in the Cafe so far. Great job Bev!" February 2012, Musikfest Cafe - Jeffrey Parks - ArtsQuest President
"Bev, Unbelievable show! It was among my top favorites at the Café so far! Next year - a dance floor for sloooooow dancing." February 2012, Musikfest Cafe - Robin Zaremski - Performing Arts - Business Development
"Bev, What a beautiful and outstanding performance you and the Combo put on at the Lehigh Valley Christmas Concert this evening - it just bristled with feeling! What a great idea turning Fly Like an Eagle into Fly like a Reindeer to make it fit the bill as a Christmas song while still allowing you to contribute a really soulful and jazzy blues performance - it was the highlight of an excellent evening for both Charleyne & I. And it was great that Dave Smith was with you - his performance on alto was phenomenal. We don't get to hear him often enough in recent years!" November 28, 2010, Allentown Symphony Hall - Bill Dautremont-Smith, Executive Director WDIY Radio
"Bev, I really enjoyed the arrangement on "Fly Like An Eagle" and was amazed at how the trio sounded like a 5 piece band. Wayne's musicality on guitar and drums at the same time is something special to experience and watch. I really loved your set overall and was really impressed with your sound." October 17, 2009, Sellersville Theater - Bruce Ranes
"...featured Bev Conklin on vocals, accompanied by bassist Nick Franclik and Wayne Smith, who handled not only the guitar but a bass drum pedal. Conklin belted out originals and covers and reminded us why some locals refer to her as Queen of the Blues. Jodi Duckett, The Morning Call, posted May 25, 2009 - Mayfair
"... featuring Bev Conklin (known by her blues friends as BC), filled extra time with aplomb. BC has a strong fan base in the Lehigh Valley, and on Tuesday (@ The Ice House with Duke Robilliard), she showed why... " Daryl Nerl, The Morning Call - Musikfest Blognotes, August 2006
Photo: All web page header photos taken by Jeffrey Heller, our official band photographer