(ASBURY PARK, NJ) — After a successful outing in Nashville during the CMA Fest for their new album released on June 15, Honor Williamsconsisting of Reagan Richards and Gordon Brown, return home to prepare for their most extensive event yet, celebrating all things WH. The WH eXpo will take place July 20-22 across the city that raised them at three distinct venues in Asbury Park, The Showroom Cinema, The Berkeley Carteret Hotel and The Saint, celebrating the things they love most. It is sponsored by Vaccaro 2.0 and Asbury Films.
Gordon begins the first night with a new live series filmed for later broadcast, based on the art of record making. “I’ve been looking forward to doing something like this for a long time, especially because I learned to be a musician, make records and write songs by listening, watching and being inspired by everyone in our area. ” Brown said.
Night 1 JERSEY PRODUCTS takes place at the Showroom Cinema on Cookman Ave and is a record-making interview/seminar with the area’s freshest producers. Gordon hosts and discusses his love for production with three of the region’s top musicians, engineers, producers and mixers. He chose to launch the series with those he greatly admires. Joey DeMaio of Long Branch’s Shorefire studio, Jack Daley of Asbury Park’s Dug Deep studio and Stephen DeAcutis of Edison’s Soundspa studio will be scheduled for the panel on Wednesday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m.
Night 2 eX Release Celebration takes us inside the Berkeley Carteret Hotel to Johnny and June (aptly named after Johnny Cash and June Carter and their history with Asbury and the hotel) at a red carpet to see and be seen opening.
Williams Honor and their full band celebrate the new album by performing the entire collection in its entirety, plus favorites from WH’s debut album. Band members include Scott Bradoka, Ron Haney, Tom Cottone, Brian Gearty, Bobby Mahoney, Emily Grove and Arne Wendt, many of whom play throughout the region and have their own careers as artists. “Our group represents some of the best artists and musicians in our region. We are real fans of all of them and every time we take the stage together we always have big smiles on our faces as we hear our songs come to life,” says Reagan Richards.
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Night 3 G&R eX and HO takes us inside The Saint, 601 Main St, where Reagan will lead a fierce band of special guests through his favorite rock covers and new WH eX material. This is where Reagan and Gordon were first introduced after a legendary night when Gordon arrived late after Reagan’s set, missing it altogether. However, The Saint’s Meg Donahue Kelly still managed to introduce them for the first time and made them aware of their shared ties to Nashville, but couldn’t believe they had never met. “We plan to replicate this moment for the entire WHArmy and celebrate by hosting a night of punching, headbanging and stomping!” said Richards.
Williams Honor began her first album cycle at the Paramount Theater during Light of Day, singing on the finale with Springsteen, then got her first Top 30 with No Umbrella and won Best Music Video for Send it to Me. at The Asbury Park Music and Film Festival, ending the three-year run to Madison Square Garden for the opening of new members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Bon Jovi.
They pivoted during the pandemic and created The WilliHo Show, which became Pollstar’s #24 international year-end livestream of 2020, with over 50 episodes, many of which landed in the top 10 each week.
Richards and Brown return with a new concept album, “eX,” their second 14-song collection, which will reveal bits of career history and influence. Featured tracks and video singles are slated for “Can’t Wait 2 B Ashamed”, “Goodbye Tulsa”, and “First”. The album also includes a remake of the thirty-year-old song Gordon wrote for his first national mR rEALITY tour, titled “In My Yard”.
The new album is available now on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Tidal and anywhere digital music is streamed or sold.
One, two and three day passes are available for purchase on line. General admission ranges from $32 to $69. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. each evening.