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. During the jam her band was hosting Nov. 10, 2019, BC was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Blues Musician's Guild of the Lehigh Valley. She has won numerous Lehigh Valley Music Awards for Best Female Vocalist, Best Blues Vocalist, Best All-around Performer and most recently, recognized by the LVMA with a special award for her former service as an ambassador to the LVMA. Bev's inspirations are extremely diverse and 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 icons 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 by some "hip" nuns back in the 1970's. She did the children's guitar masses with a teen group formed by St. Catherine's of Sienna in Allentown PA in the late 70's. In 2009, BC was very honored when asked to fill-in for lead singer Mary Dunbar and recorded live 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 to educate and promote the region's talent. 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. https://www.mcall.com/entertainment/lehigh-valley-music/mc-ent-lehigh-valley-music-awards-20190217-story.html
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, Lonnie Brooks & family, LC Walker, Eric Davis, Toronzo Cannon, Mary Lane, Shirley King, Holly thee Maxwell, Linsey Alexander and more. Joe Mac toured with Nature's Divine known for I Just Can't Control Myself. Joe received a Lehigh River Blues Jam Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018 and Lehigh Valley Music Award for 20 plus years as a musician (LOL... been more than dat).
Glenn Spadone (Drums)
Glenn is a retired professional Firefighter for 28 years. He started playing drums at age 8 and studied with big band drummer, Carl Wolf. He played in many bands over the years to include The Blues Factor, The Kim Brewer Blues Band, The Lovesick Homeboys and many fill-in drumming spots. Glenn's main influences are Joe Morello of the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Buddy Rich and John Bonham. Highlights for Glenn were opening for Albert Castiglia and Roomful of Blues.
Brad VanEtten (Bass)
Brad completes the band filling the vacancy on bass. He has been performing in the region from a young age, including many years learning the business with his dad. Brad's probably had the opportunity to play with nearly every group in the area and across many genres. He enjoys bluegrass, blues, R&B and soul.