The Will O’Connor Band

Quality Music That Keeps You On Your Toes

The Will O’Connor Live Acoustic Show is dedicated to thoughtfully performing great music from the ’50s to the present. The band’s acoustic covers range from Van Morrison to the Barenaked Ladies, Pink Floyd to Frank Sinatra, Marvin Gaye to the Talking Heads. Our songlist has been described as “the best radio station you could find on a road trip, performed live.” At the same time, the songs become new, given a fresh musical interpretation.

The band aims to provide acoustic music that makes for great listening any night of the week, and that could be either an atmospheric backdrop to conversation or a reason to get out of your chair and start dancing.

The Band

Jeff Sassaman

Bassist Jeff Sassaman is a native of Philadelphia, PA. Jeff has a music degree from Berklee College of Music and studied with bass icon Whit Browne. An integral part of the Live Acoustic Show’s sound, Jeff also performs regularly across the country for Broadway, orchestral, and jazz engagements. He has had multiple performances at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Alice Tully Hall, just to name a few.

Will O'Connor

Known for driving guitar rhythms and expressive vocals, Will has been gigging in pubs and restaurants in New York and New Jersey for two decades. Will has a broad taste in musical styles, and his guitar and vocals guide the group through their expansive playlist. His talents have brought him to Germany and Ireland, where he performs annually as part of the Ardmore Pattern Festival in Co. Waterford.

Nick Wight

Nick grew up near Scranton, PA. His dad, a full-time musician, loved to nurture his son’s passion, even having Nick, then a kid, sit in on drums with his trio. After earning a music degree from Temple University, Nick came to the NYC area and now teaches and performs in a variety of projects, ranging from jazz to early rock n’ roll, country/folk to pop and R&B. He also frequently travels abroad as sideman and co-leader of the jazz trio, Pericopes+1.


December 2023: Events

Saturday, December 9th, 2023

Keg Tree Lighting

395 Bloomfield Ave
Caldwell, NJ

Live Acoustic Music @ Battello Jersey City

Saturday, December 16th, 2023


2000 Lowther Dr
Eatontown, NJ

Seating may be limited. Reservations are recommended.

Live Acoustic Music @ Battello Jersey City

Saturday, December 23rd, 2023


502 Washington Blvd
Jersey City, NJ

Seating is limited. Reservations are recommended.

Sunday, December 31st, 2023

Irish New Year’s Eve@

648 Prospect Ave
West Orange, NJ
(973) 325-9338

It turns 2024 in Ireland at 7pm. Come celebrate with us!

January 2024: Events

Live Acoustic Music @ Battello Jersey City

Wednesday, January 24th, 2024


502 Washington Blvd
Jersey City, NJ

Seating is limited. Reservations are recommended.

Past Events

Live Acoustic Music in Co. Waterford, Ireland


Mid-July to Early August
Co. Waterford & Co. Cork

Planning a party?

Got a wedding, cocktail hour, or other private event coming up on your schedule? Why not make live acoustic music a part of it?

The band has a wide range of songs to entertain all generations, and we’re just as comfortable providing background atmosphere as we are taking center stage.

Over the years the band has played hundreds of private events, ranging from house parties and backyard barbecues to raucous birthdays and weddings. We’ve also played corporate events, charity fundraisers, and even a classy U.N. cocktail social.

Let us know how our acoustic cover band can make your next event the one that everyone remembers.

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