The Sour Grapes

The Sour Grapes

Our band, The Sour Grapes, caters for all types of functions, from the most formal to the more relaxed of atmospheres. The Sour Grapes perform from a duo, extending up to a 6 piece band with a full brass section and also offers a complete Master of Ceremonies service at no additional charge.

As a professional band, we make sure to offer our clientele a wide range of musical options to suit their unique needs and provide customised choices they’re sure to love.

Contact us and schedule an obligation free consultation and see what we can do for you and your upcoming event.


Claude De Cesare
Guitarist/Vocals & MC

Claude De CesareSome say Claude was born with a guitar in his hand, and just listening to him play, it would be hard to disagree. Self-taught at the age of 12 and following on with extensive tuition, he began playing in a band professionally in 1985 at the age of 16. Claude has played a variety of performances, including Weddings, Clubs, Charity Functions, and Christmas Functions just to name a few. His love of and keen attitude to music has seen Claude follow his passion.

Jenn Kerr

Jenn KerrJenn was born to sing. Growing up in a musical family gave her performance experience in piano, dance and singing at an early age. A graduate of the Melba Conservatorium of Music, Jenn excelled in her vocal studies and pursued opportunities overseas in Taiwan, Singapore, England, Japan and India. Jenn is passionate about singing and has her own singing school where she passes on her skills to the younger generation. Having sung for Natalie Cole and taught for David Jaanz, Jenn is complimented on her vocal versatility and strength at EVERY gig.

Paul Van Ross
Brass/Backing Vocals

Paul Van RossPaul has been involved with music since the tender age of six. He began playing woodwind instruments in high school and continued to study music at the Victorian College Of The Arts and even pursued further study in New York. Paul performs regularly in many different bands covering a range of styles including: Australian folk music, Irish music, jazz, classical, rock, funk, fusion, rhythm & blues, and big band. Paul’s professionalism and involvement in music has taken him to all parts of the globe and he has supported guests such as Billy Joel, George Bush, many TV programs, and even Killing Heidi.

Tony Russo
Drums/Backing Vocals

Tony RussoTony has been playing drums and percussion for many years. His experience is evidently recognized by his many performances and tours around Australia and Europe. Some examples of his drumming expertise included playing at Hamer Hall with large orchestras and brass brands, gala concerts, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, and the list goes on. Tony became the drummer he is today with dedication and practice, but also being taught by some of the best drummers in the industry, like Virgil Donati and Brian Czepinski. He has been playing in function bands within Melbourne for the last 30 years, and now, is resident drummer and percussionist with The Sour Grapes at Witchmount Estate and has been for the last 7 years. Tony’s exquisite skills are shown through the art of drumming because of his passion and love for music his whole life.

Song List

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Hello Claude,

Michelle and I would like to thank you and the Sour Grapes for an outstanding performance yesterday at our wedding.

In the morning for our ceremony, you had taken full control and made me feel very relaxed.

I am very thankful that you made the time to help us out with our ceremony. To be honest i have no idea how it would have turned out without your help, but im sure if we had have tried to do it ourselves it would have been a shambles. It was absolutely faultless so thank you for making the most important part unforgettable and special.

Now down to the rest of the day. The band was amazing. Your lead singer had the most beautiful voice. The music was exactly what we wanted and you just done it with ease. It was spectacular. As an MC, we could not have found someone that could have covered the day like you had done. You were so involving. we and everyone else had a ball.

The comments we have had regarding you and the band are nothing but a 10 out of 10.

Thank you
Gary & Michelle
Sep 10, 2016
Thanks Claude and to your band members for a memorable wedding reception party on the 19th of March.

It was great to see everyone get up on the dance floor and we received a lot of wonderful compliments about you guys.

My mum was impressed at your all-rounder skills - she couldn't get over it!

Thanks again for making our wedding one to remember.

Andrew & Tania
Mar 19, 2016
Hi Claude and the Sour Grapes band,

THANK YOU times a million for the amazing entertainment last night (and the MC'ing).

We really appreciated the way you got everyone on the dance floor! Everyone has commented on how awesome the night was!

Thank you also for keeping any embarrassment to a minimum. You guys are amazing!!!

Michele & Jonathan
Jun 25, 2016

You and the sour grapes were amazing.

You kept everyone on the dance floor and you kept the secret pretty well. Everyone keeps talking that you made the night.

Thanks for everything don't know what our special day would be without you guys.

Sean & Graziella
Mar 26, 2016
The Sour Grapes & Claude did an amazing job at our wedding.

They made it so fun and memorable.

Highly recommend you guys.

Jessica H
Oct 22, 2016
Morning Claude,

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and your bad for a fabulous night.

The music was fantastic and everyone enjoyed themselves.

I can't thank you enough for what you did .... great time 10/10.

Samantha & Nicholas
Jan 07, 2017
Gday Claude,

Wanted to say a huge thank you to you for being a fantastic MC at our wedding on Sunday 4th December.

The band was fantastic and at such an amazing venue Witchmount Estate.

Hope you have had a fantastic xmas and new year with your family and hope you guys have a jam-packed fun filled year ahead.

John & Samantha
Dec 04, 2016