Modern Ballet Dancers


The Classics are a professional Funk/Motown/Soul band from Melbourne.  Bringing the best that the city has to offer, we are no ordinary cover band.   Consisting of the best musicians from the Melbourne funk and jazz scene, The Classics breathe feeling into the hits that you know and love. We bring rhythm and soul to every song we play. With the highest level musicianship, a love of engaging the crowd, versatile repertoire, and a strong friendship on/off the stage, The Classics are a great band for any event from corporate events in St Kilda to weddings in Brighton.

Playing hits from greats such as Stevie Wonder, James Brown and Bill Withers The Classics brings an electric on stage energy that will get you and all your guests on the dance floor in no time.  We aim to create a groove and vibrancy that the crowd picks up on while also maintaining high virtuosity and soul in the performance. 

Originally founded in NYC as Blue Avenue Groove, The Classics strive to bring the same top quality and musicianship that they've been providing for years with studio and Grammy award winning performers back in the states.

We believe that each wedding is special and see to it that it is treated as such.  Reach out to us and we will see to it that your requests are met.  Want acoustic soul or jazz in cocktail hour, are you feeling like a full horn section to give the reception extra funk or have some B side song requests?  No problem, we are more than happy to plan the entertainment for your wedding with you while also making it as easy as possible. 

With The Classics, we bring a modern energy to the old hits and vintage soul to the new chart toppers of today.  Our goal is to give you a memorable performance with you and your guests dancing the night away.  

Feel free to check out our repertoire list, promo video and audio.  


  • 16/1/19 - Milawa, VIC - Private Wedding

  • 10/3/19 - Albert Park, VIC - Private Wedding

  • 14/12/19 - Melbourne, VIC - Private Wedding




Band Leader/Bassist

Will Kencel is a professional bassist and bandleader from Brooklyn NY. He runs a wedding band with Grammy Award winning musicians in NYC and regularly plays as a bassist with other bands.  He is one of the most motivated and hardest working bassists in Brooklyn with a positive energy that he brings both on and off the stage. Kencel majored in Bass Performance at Skidmore College, studied at Berklee College of Music and had a rich education on the bandstand through gigging as a professional musician.

Band Members
Rhys Tolhurst, Sevil Sabah, Amy Dowd, Will Gijsbers, Ollie Rolfe, Kane Watts, Will Kencel, Max Slorach, Callum Mintkis, Bede Ford-Gaddes