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The BC Combo
Bev "BC" Conklin - Vocals | Wayne Smith - Guitar, Percussion, Vocals | Nick Franclik - Bass, Vocals
"It's all about having fun..."
The BC Combo is a highly respected group of singer-songwriters who bring 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, Shemekia Copeland, Son Seals, Lonnie Brooks, Rhonnie Baker Brooks, Saffire, the Holmes Brothers, Carl Weathersby, Eddie King and so many more. The rewards are in the awards as Bev Conklin has been honored with awards in the LVMA categories for vocals/performer in addition to all the band members being in the top five nominations on the voting ballots of both fans and industry. The BC Combo is among the Lehigh Valley’s top performing groups. The band has been performing over 21 years. Their signature style is recognized by audiences across the region and abroad. Bev Conklin (BC) has an extraordinary compassion and grace that compliments her broad range of vocal styles and effortless power in voice. Nick Franclik makes it look so easy with his laid back vocals and rhythmic bass. Wayne Smith has the gift to conduct the band, while delivering his soulful vocals, guitar and foot-powered drums in their trio format. This power trio is often backed by combinations of seasoned musicians on drums, horns, keys and/or guitars on any given showcase event when warranted, to bring their full band offering to concerts, festivals and special events.
Our motto…”It’s all about having fun!”
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What people are saying...
"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."
"Loved Irma. 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."
"I dare you NOT to love BC"
This group has a signature blend that is highly recognizable by their fans. They all have been singer-songwriters and musically involved since childhood. Wayne's recordings have been self-produced since the 60's. Together, BC and Wayne have been writing and performing their originals since 1995. BC's writing is emotionally influenced with her songs like You Must Think I'm Blind, Unfinished Business, You Better Stop, Baby It's You I Adore, Only You, Searched So Long, The Bad Seed and more. Wayne's feel good and personal interest preferences have resulted in songs like Bill Paxton, All the Pieces Fit Together, To Whom it May Concern, Many Miles, Leslie Hammond and so many more. Wayne is the primary arranger for all the songs on their roster -- insuring an original contribution to each. Together they have provided a lifetime of recordings and are finalizing their new material for their upcoming CD.
All were former members of the highly awarded BC & The Blues Crew that retired in 2008. They all have been a significant influence in the Lehigh Valley and beyond for over two decades. Nick Franclik was an original member of The Electric Farm, a regional sellout of folk, blues and rock originals in the 1990’s. Wayne Smith, toured with Jay & The Techniques for over 10 years. He has toured internationally and continues as a mentor, advisor and instructor on guitar, bass and drums at Hawk Music in the Westgate Mall along with his brother, Dave Smith, who teaches sax, clarinet, flute and guitar. Dave is the recipient of a Lehigh Valley Music Award for Best Wind Instrument. Dave performs on many of The BC Combo shows along with Josh Kanusky or Bob Trump on drums.
BC has a resume that includes being a finalist at the International Blues Competition with her former band, BC & The Blues Crew, she was also in Memphis with Wayne Smith to represent the Lehigh Valley Blues Network in 2009 as a duo. The BC Combo performed at the Steel Stacks Blast Furnace Blues Festival in Bethlehem, PA. The Musikfest Cafe presented Bev Conklin & Friends to a full house on Valentine's Day 2012 and 2013 with many of their musical friends on stage, all whom she's worked with over the past 20 years. Save the date for Valentine's Day 2014 at the Musikfest Cafe with a new showcase.
More to come for the band in 2013 including April 6, The BC Combo returns to Godfrey Daniels, Berks Jazz Fest on April 7 at Judy's on Cherry and July 26 The BC Combo will host the Lehigh Valley showcase at the Pennsylvania Blues Festival. August 31, Bev Conklin and Deb Callahan team up with their respective bands at the historic Mauch Chunk Opera House. All these and more in the works. Bev is the founder and organizer of the Lehigh River Blues Jam held every 3rd weekend in June, hosted by 2nd Story Blues Alliance and the borough of Catasauqua. Look for The BC Combo at Musikfest on August 2 at the Musikfest Cafe and at Das Awkscht Fescht, they perform on Aug. 3.
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 Festival of the Arts
• Central Pennsylvania Jazz Fest / Berk's Jazz Fest
• Kutztown Fair and Allentown Fair / Kapona Music Fest / Pinnacle Blues Fest
• Kempton Music Festival and Bethlehem's Harvest Fest
• Pocono Blues Festival Weekend – Big Boulder Corp. Sponsored Club Act
• Briggs Farm Blues Festival
• Mosconetcong Blues Festival / Knowlton Blues Fest
• 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
• Illicks Mill Galas
• United Way Galas
• 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...
"I thought your set was fabulous--your band filled the music to perfection. Dave Smith is such an important part of your show - loved it..." Michael Cloreen (Blast Furnace Blues Festival 2012)
"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
"I have been following Bev around the Lehigh Valley for over a decade. Bev is the most verstatile and talented entertainer in a hundred mile radius. I have to stop at 100 miles because BB King has a place in NYC and Patty LaBelle has a place Philly. But I need to add, Bev is as good as both of them... " Fran Abuisi, March 2009
"... 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