About Us

Bev Conklin (Vocals)
Fondly called BC, Bev started her singing/songwriting career with BC & The Blues Crew in 1992 (now The BC Combo). Born in New Orleans, LA, she was an Army brat for 20 years living abroad and domestically.  BC has earned her wings as the Lehigh Valley's Queen of the Blues.  She has won Lehigh Valley Music Awards for Best Female Vocalist, Best Blues Vocalist and Best All-around Performer among others.  Bev's inspirations include Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Lynrd Skynrd, Gary Stapleton, Mike Farris, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cook, Ella Fitzgerald, Koko Taylor, Etta James, Saffire, Nina Simone, Rickie Lee Jones and numerous female icons in the industry across many genres.  Her musical background began at 3 years old, playing piano by ear, but eventually was classicly trained on piano and theory between the ages of 6 and 18.  She was in her Jr. High and High School chorus and made it to county, state and regionals.  She was taught how to play acoustic guitar in the 7th grade by some "hip" nuns back in the 1970's.  She has also recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis TN with the Friar's Point Band during an IBC competition. Bev also performed and recorded with Tower Suite & Friends with band mate, Wayne Smith, from 2010-2017 at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem PA.  She is the Director and promoter of the Lehigh River Blues Jam, an annual Blues Festival, in the Lehigh Valley.  Bev Conklin is an ambassador of the Blues in Pennsylvania.

Wayne Smith (Guitar, Percussion, Vocals)
Wayne, a singer/songwriter, has been the primary arranger and producer for The BC Combo (formerly BC & The Blues Crew) since 1994. Playing in bands since 1967, his first band was NEW GENERATION with his brother Dave Smith. During the 90’s, Wayne played keyboards and toured with Jay and the Techniques (“Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie”). With the Techniques he also backed up other artists such as Tommy Roe, Gary U.S. Bonds, The Outsiders (“Time Won’t Let Me”), Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), The Miracles, and many others. Wayne works with Rock Roots with Dave Fry, Nick Franclik, Kevin Soferra and other outstanding area musicians, touring the schools throughout the Northeast.  He was the Lehigh Valley Music Awards 2019 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award and previously for Best Guitarist and Best Keyboardist among others.  He also received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018 from the Lehigh River Blues Jam.  Wayne was the keyboardist and drummer with the Eric Steckel Band during their first few years on the Europe Rounder Label, which resulted in 2 CDs. 
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Recordings:


Kevin Groller (Drums)
Kevin, a Bethlehem PA native and U.S. Marine, joined The BC Combo during summer of 2014 on drums after his years with The Main Street Cruisers.  His passion and knowledge for music is extensive and the band benefits from this immensely.  He got his start playing in bands when he was in Jr. High School and was recruited one evening to fill-in on drums for Danny & The Juniors. His inspirations are The Creatures and The Original Sins.  His hobbies are art, drawing and collecting vinyl records.  Kevin received a Lehigh River Blues Jam Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019.

Pozz (Keyboards, Bass, Guitar, Vocals)
Pozz began his career in musical journey in 1994 in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Since, he has performed with over 25 bands in CA, Atlanta GA, Nashville TN, PA and NJ. Pozz's inspirations began with a stack of 45's his parents owned and evolved to his own collection of pop rock, music from the Blues Brothers and credits Johnny Otis on his show, KPFA, with a great selection of R&B songs that got little airplay. He loves to read non-fiction, is a tech head and studied Philosophy, Anthropology and Ethno-musicology.  Pozz received a Lehigh River Blues Jam Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. Pozz performs mostly on bass with us, but prefers to play on keys when the budget and venue permits.

Joe Mac (Guitar)
Joe has been performing with the band over the last 6 years and became an official member in 2018.  Born and raised in Chicago as a Blues guitarist, Joe worked with known international blues artists like Byther Smith, Buddy Guy, John Primer, etc. Joe Mac toured with Nature's Divine known for I Just Can't Control Myself. Joe was a member of the now retired Charlie Brown's Notorious Groove and performs with The Kim Brewer Band. Joe received a Lehigh River Blues Jam Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.



Other friends who work with us on occasion:

Scott Siska (Bass, Vocals)
Dave Smith (Sax) - formerly with BC & The Blues Crew
The Horny Guys - Bill Lance (sax), George Kokolis (sax), Dennis Weiand (trumpet), Ron Goosley (sax), Wayne Dillon (sax). Alan Meyerson (sax), Don Molchaney (Sax)
Dennis Weiand (organ) - also recorded "Lively" at his Organ's Den Studio
Nick Roberti (Bass, Guitar, Vocals) - formerly with BC & The Blues Crew
Nick Franclik (Bass, Vocals) - formerly with BC & The Blues Crew
Mitch Shelly - (Bass) - formerly with BC & The Blues Crew
Kenny Dale Siftar (Guitar, Vocals)