About the Band

Calla Bere Sings Her Music

Calla Bere has been compared by her audience to Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, Grace Potter, and Susan Tedeschi. Calla’s intuitive lyrics speak through her positive lens to all listeners and brings CBA’s original works and undeniable blues-rock style to the contemporary scene. With her background in composition and group performance, Calla’s skills create wonderful intensity, profound mood, and vocal innovation that moves her audience to dance and party. Inspirations that can be heard in her music stem from trendsetters such as Cream and Ella Fitzgerald.

Kevin Rovner on Guitar and Vocals

Kevin Rovner’s stellar guitar delivery and vast music recall creates the jam band style that mesmerizes CBA’s crowds. In Rovner’s blazing riffs, listeners hear the resonance of revered players like Duane Allman and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Kevin provides earthy lead male vocals sounding much like Eric Clapton, and the vocal harmonies of Calla and Kevin have been compared to those of Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks of the Tedeschi Trucks Band.

Steve Amato on Bass

Steve Amato grooves the low end keeping the foundation energetic and forward. Amato rocks bass with a funky, jazzy, and inventive bottom that often produces a delta feel reminiscent of Cordell Boogie Mosson(George Clinton). Long time bassist for Kevin Rovner, Steve brings strong balance to this powerful group.

Rich Berends on Drums

Rich Berends’ technical percussion transfixes audiences with his transformational solos and melodic phrasing. A founding member of prog rock band Mastermind, Rich has performed on stage with artists such as Chris Caffrey(Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Mickey Simmons(Camel, Annie Haslam), and Jermaine Paul(2012 ‘The Voice’ winner), and he has shared the stage with Rush, Jon Wetton, Joe Satriani and Fish(Marillion). Venues Berends has played include Holland’s Planet Pul Festival, Florida’s Strawberry Festival, Texas’ WurstFest, and Eggman, Tokyo. In his drumming, you can hear Ginger Baker, Gene Krupa, Carl Palmer, and the fusion influence of Billy Cobham.