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.
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.
Known for driving guitar rhythms and expressive vocals, Will has been gigging in pubs and restaurants in New York and New Jersey for nearly 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 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.
*You & Us & COVID-19
Friends, we've missed you. We've missed playing music for you, singing and dancing together, hanging out.... we've missed all of it.
We also hope that you and your family have been safe and well, and that you have weathered this whole scary mess without any lasting harm to you or your loved ones.
And now things are beginning to open up, with restaurants and bars serving socially-distanced customers outdoors with limited seatings. We're now also beginning to find new opportunities to perform here and there.
We'll be maintaining this site with information about upcoming shows, but to stay the most up-to-date with the band, we recommend following us on Facebook. We have a few clips, videos and other treats there to enjoy as well.
Keep an eye out! Stay in touch! And when the timing feels right, come down and join us.
Thank you! We hope to see you soon!
January 2021: Events
Seating may be limited. Call ahead.
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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