Making music has been part of Ober's life since 2003, though the beginnings were indeed humble. His first band, Brownhill Band, was a mishmash group of five people who decided to live together in a two-bedroom house and practice six nights a week.
"It was a two-bedroom place and there were four guys and a girl living there. Me and another guy were sleeping in the basement and jam room," Ober said. "We all had restaurant gigs for work, so we'd practice from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. And it was a log cabin in the woods, so it was a great avenue for the band because we could just have huge parties, just make our own shows to play."
Ober has traveled a winding path ever since and joined up with Diamond Joe last summer, a group that has started to make its way in the local music scene and recently took part in Market Days.
"We've been on fire, playing a lot, getting a lot of good responses from people," Ober said. "It's stuff that's a little more folky, and that still hasn't trickled down to the local level so much, so I think people are excited to not see just another jam band."
Despite the success, Ober fights the same battle so many young musicians do - finding the right balance to pay the bills. He's always worked numerous part-time jobs to give him the flexibility to play music, and has struggled with the temptation to dive into a more permanent day job.
In the end, though, it hasn't really been that difficult a choice. After all, he may find something else to try in a few minutes.
"It's definitely been a battle to get into something career-oriented or stay flexible so I can play music." Ober said. "It's always been tough to rationalize what to do, keep making average money and playing music and being happy all the time, or something more serious. But music's been winning."
Check out Ober and Duhaime's cover of All That She Wants by Ace of Base below: