Berklee Summer in the CityThe Yesberger Band
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The Yesberger Band, an East Coast college band founded in early 2010 at Berklee, is the project of lead singer and pianist Devon Yesberger, backed up by good friends Spencer Stewart (bass) and Gabriel Smith (drums). They are a sensible, groovy, and poetic trio, mixing jazz nuances with catchy original pop.
Inspired by the untapped bounty of wisdom hidden among the stars and spread throughout daily life, Yesberger writes songs that channel the feelings of laughter and smiles that everyone desires. The resulting performances only strengthen these feelings with a positive energetic stage presence that is unmatched by most young musicians, and is evidence of a strong passion for music, as well as a deep friendship between the performers and audience.
The Yesberger Band's diversity and originality is the product of the rich musical community they have grown up in. Yesberger, Smith, and Stewart were all active jazz musicians throughout high school and continue to study the idiom. However, it wasn't until attending Berklee College of Music—where they were surrounded by so many songwriters, composers, and music styles from every corner of the world—that they began branching out of their jazz comfort zone, forming a band with a distinct sound and appeal.
The Yesberger Band has completed a successful summer tour that took them cross-country, opening for acts including Bobby McFerrin, the Yellowjackets, and the Temptations. Along the way they played 22 dates, sold over 500 CDs, met hundreds of new fans, and had the incredible opportunity to share their music with many open ears: just a small glimpse of their bright future. Their debut album, The Bad Weather EP, features six catchy original tracks and one original cover of the popular Beatles tune, "Blackbird." The CD is an independent release featuring the talents of many Berklee students making appearances on most tracks, as well as behind the scenes engineering and mixing.