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.

UPCOMING SHOWS

June 2024: Events

Sunday, June 23rd, 2024

IRISH SPORTS EXPO@
THE SHILLELAGH CLUB

6-8pm
648 Prospect Ave
West Orange, NJ
(973) 325-9338
essexshillelagh.com/sports-expo

July 2024: Events

Live Acoustic Music @ Battello Jersey City

Thursday, July 4th, 2024

4th of July
@BATTELLO

6-9pm
502 Washington Blvd
Jersey City, NJ
201.798.1798
battellojc.com

Start/Finish times will be somewhat flexible, depending on the fireworks display. Reservations are recommended.

Friday, July 12th, 2024

THE CLOVERLEAF TAVERN

7-10pm
395 Bloomfield Ave
Caldwell, NJ
973.226.9812
cloverleaftavern.com

Live Acoustic Music @ Battello Jersey City

Friday, July 19th, 2024

EMBER & EAGLE
@TILLING HOUSE

6:30-9:30pm
2000 Lowther Dr
Eatontown, NJ
732.443.3008
tillinghouse.com

Seating may be limited. Reservations are recommended.

Sunday, July 21st, 2024

THE CLOVERLEAF TAVERN

6-9pm
395 Bloomfield Ave
Caldwell, NJ
973.226.9812
cloverleaftavern.com

Live Acoustic Music @ Battello Jersey City

Wednesday, July 31st, 2024

BATTELLO

6-9pm
502 Washington Blvd
Jersey City, NJ
201.798.1798
battellojc.com

Seating is limited. Reservations are recommended.

August 2024: Events

Friday, August 2nd, 2024

THE CLOVERLEAF TAVERN

7-10pm
395 Bloomfield Ave
Caldwell, NJ
973.226.9812
cloverleaftavern.com

Saturday, August 10th, 2024

URCHIN

9pm
Duffcarrick
Ardmore, Co. Waterford
Ireland
+353 (83) 374 3889
urchin.ie

Sunday, August 11th, 2022

BERTIE’S BAR

7pm
157 North Main St,
Youghal, Co. Cork,
Ireland
+353 (24) 93298
facebook.com/bertiesyoughal/

Friday, August 16th, 2024

ROUND TOWER HOTEL

9pm
Upper College Road,
Ardmore, Co. Waterford
Ireland
+353 (24) 94494
roundtowerhotel.ie

Saturday, August 17th, 2022

ROUND TOWER HOTEL

9pm
Upper College Road,
Ardmore, Co. Waterford
Ireland
+353 (24) 94494
roundtowerhotel.ie

Sunday, August 18th, 2022

URCHIN

7pm
Duffcarrick
Ardmore, Co. Waterford
Ireland
+353 (83) 374 3889
urchin.ie

Live Acoustic Music @ Battello Jersey City

Friday, August 23rd, 2024

EMBER & EAGLE
@TILLING HOUSE

6:30-9:30pm
2000 Lowther Dr
Eatontown, NJ
732.443.3008
tillinghouse.com

Seating may be limited. Reservations are recommended.

September 2024: Events

Saturday, September 14th, 2024

St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser Afterparty @
THE SHILLELAGH CLUB

8-11pm
648 Prospect Ave
West Orange, NJ
(973) 325-9338
shillelaghclub.com

We’ll be contributing our tips towards the fight to end childhood cancer! Come down and help us make a difference!

Live Acoustic Music @ Battello Jersey City

Friday, September 27th, 2024

EMBER & EAGLE
@TILLING HOUSE

6:30-9:30pm
2000 Lowther Dr
Eatontown, NJ
732.443.3008
tillinghouse.com

Seating may be limited. Reservations are recommended.

Past Events

Live Acoustic Music in Co. Waterford, Ireland

IRELAND TOUR 2019

Mid-July to Early August
Co. Waterford & Co. Cork
willoconnor.com/ireland2019

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.

Testimonial:

“I just hosted the most amazing birthday celebration for my husband. The best decision I ever made was having the Will O’Connor Trio perform. They were outstanding! The talent level in this group is top-notch!

Will and his bandmates read the room and immediately knew how to play to the crowd. They were all quite personable too. They were extremely kind to my three-year-old granddaughter and even involved her in the singing and dancing. Our friends responded so well to the band. Everyone was dancing and singing along with Will and company!

My phone hasn’t stopped ringing with rave reviews! Will was lovely to deal with throughout the planning process of the party. He was patient, responsive and professional. His talent is matched by his wonderful personality. Hiring Will O’Connor is your guarantee for a party that will exceed your expectations.”

Sharon M.
Marlboro, NJ

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