The Tavernacle Choir

The Tavernacle Choir


The Tavernacle Choir is a Baby Boomer Acoustic Rock group with dynamic Tri-Monic Vocals. Live performances feature an energetic style that draws fans. Original tunes express creativity, feelings and humor that people relate to and remember. And best of all... they are great friends.


The Tavernacle Choir is a dynamic trio consisting of Steve Rodin, Kevin Eastes and Ray Beran. They perform Baby Boomer Acoustic Rock with Tri-Monic Vocals.
This collaboration provides great original tunes, cherished cover favorites, awesome vocals, excellent musicianship and wonderful arrangements.


Steve Rodin is a self taught guitarist. Sitting around in Topanga Canyon with friends playing Grateful Dead, Eagles and Crosby Stills & Nash songs for hours, he grew to love the music of that era.

In early 1973, Steve moved from SoCal to Portland, Oregon. He began playing his hours of cover tunes in local coffee shops and taverns. After a few years he began to desire some of life's better things and went back to school. First, working in radio broadcasting and then in accounting and business administration. He put in 11 years as an accountant, then Steve began searching for something new.

In 2005, he was diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and following operations on both wrists, he re-discovered his love for the guitar and performing and began pursuing the dream once again. Prior to the re-birth of his performing career, Steve played only cover tunes. But then inspiration hit. Now the author of almost 40 songs, Steve has been the acoustic rhythm guitarist and lead singer for a few groups, R & B Blues, Steve Rodin & Friends, The SKR Project and now lends his voice to THE TAVERNACLE CHOIR. Nine of his original songs are on the R & B Blues 2006 CD,
Together Again... For The First Time.


Kevin Eastes was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and raised in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He began playing the guitar at age 11. He switched to bass at 18 and has played professionally for over 30 years. Shortly after he picked up the bass, Kevin started touring with a Top 40 dance band. At age twenty, he moved to Hollywood, California to study at the Bass Institute of Technology. At the time, Kevin didn't fully appreciate what was happening around him. He was learning from some of the best musicians in the world, yet did not realize it until much later.

After graduation, he returned to South Carolina, and got a house gig with Mike Bullman and the Burning Desires at one of the largest nightclubs in the South... The VIP Club in Spartanburg where
they opened for many top country artists. Once again, Kevin did not realize at the time how lucky he was to be sharing the stage with some of the best in country music.

Kevin always had an itch to travel when in Salt Lake City performed with Gigi Love at the 2002 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony. In his words, "That was....WOW!"

He finally settled in Portland about a year and a half ago as the bass player for various bands. Kevin began playing with Steve about fifteen months ago, just before R & B Blues broke up.


Ray Beran was singing at age three, and began learning the guitar at the tender age of four. Formal piano lessons were added at age seven, the clarinet at ten, and saxophone at 15. Ray's first musical compositions and lyrics appeared about age 11. Ray studied composition and musical performance through high school and college, only to take a corporate job upon leaving Portland State University in 1982. Like Steve, Ray's absence from performing lasted far too long. He's been performing around the Pacific Northwest since being liberated from the corporate world in January of 1997.

An accomplished songwriter, Beran's music is an infectious blend of acoustic guitar and vocals, drawing on a wide range of influences from many genres. His first CD, Memory Years, was released in 2002 to high praise and nationwide radio play. It is available on CD Baby, I Tunes, Napster, Rhapsody, Yahoo! Music and numerous other internet purveyors. In addition to his life as a writer and performer, Ray is also a Vocal Performance Instructor. Based at Billings Dance and Performing Arts Center in Beaverton, OR, Beran teaches both group and private lessons.

Ray's philosophy is "Music is the celebration of life
around us! It expresses the breadth of human emotion. To be able to share this celebration and expression through songs is to live a dream!"


Ray was playing at Taylor's On Main in Hillsboro. Steve, a man of many talents, met him on assignment to write an article for a local paper. Since he also did bookings for The Gotham Tavern in North Portland, Steve offered Ray a series of gigs there. One night, he dropped by The Gotham to say hello. Ray talked him into doing a few songs and the idea of the two joining forces was born.

Steve spoke to Kevin about forming a trio, but Kev was leaning toward expanding Steve Rodin & Friends into a full blown band. Steve, knowing the potential of performing with Ray, suggested they add Ray for vocal strength, diversity and song writing. In late 2007, Ray finally joined Steve Rodin & Friends for a gig and Kevin got to hear Ray for


Steve Rodin was a founding member of "R & B Blues" which released a CD title "Together Again... For The First Time" in 2006.
Ray Beran released a solo CD titled "Memory Years" in 2003. Both CD's are available at CD Baby, and almost all internet purveyors of music.
The Tavernacle Choir is currently back in studio recoding songs for a new CD release. Summer of 2008 is the expected date for the completed CD, although pre-release songs may appear on web sites from time to time.

Set List

The group performes many original tunes by both Ray Beran (ASCAP) and Steve Rodin (BMI). They also perform hours of cover music like:
4 and 20 - Word Game
49 Bye, Byes
Air Algiers
All Along The Watchtower
Angel From Montgomery
Bring It On Home
Crazy Love
Danny's Song
Dear Mr. Fantasy
Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin'
Feelin' Alright
For What It's Worth
From The Beginning
Gimme Three Steps
Good Lovin'-LaBamba-Twist n Shout
Hotel California
Kansas City
Lucky Man
Nights In White Satin
Passionate Kisses
Pride and Joy
Redneck Friends
Rockin' Robin
Rusty Ol' American Dream
Season Of The Witch
She's Not There
Shouldn't Have Took More Than You Gave
Sister Golden Hair
Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay
Stormy Monday
Sweet Home Chicago
The Weight
Tupelo Honey
White Bird
Whiter Shade Of Pale
With A Little Help From My Friends
Wonderful Tonight
Wooden Ships
Your Song
.... and many more.

Well over two hours of original t