A Few Reviews

Here are just a few highlighted testimonials from happy brides & grooms, event planners, attendees... You can see also see many more HERE on Wedding Wire.

Hiring Big Ray and the Kool Kats as our band was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding day! Big Ray was so helpful throughout the planning process, and made some suggestions about the event that I am SO thankful for - my wedding wouldn't have been the same without him. He handled the music selection with some basic information about what we liked, played music that appealed to everyone in the audience, from teens to my peers to my older relatives, and added some nice touches involving the audience to engage the entire crowd. They played all night long without a break, including the ceremony and cocktail hour!! We had some amazing compliments from friends and family about our wedding, and every single person mentioned how fun and talented the band was! I recommend them over and over again!!  - Mary Pat, happy bride 9/2/17

Big Ray and the Kool Kats are the cream of the crop when it comes to wedding bands. They are extremely professional, timely, accommodating, easy to work with, excellent musicians and keep guests on the dance floor the entire night. As a planner, I recommend them to my clients at every chance.  - Mareen, wedding planner, 5/21/17

Big Ray and the Kool Kats are the best wedding band! Big Ray paid attention to every detail and made our reception lively and it felt like we were at a private concert. Every musician had a big smile on their face while performing. Every one of my wedding guests commented on how wonderful the band was. I can't thank Big Ray and his team enough, they got every one up on the dance floor shaking their tail feather. Having them at our wedding was worth every penny.  - Alexis, happy bride, 3/11/17

Big Ray & the Kool Kats have performed at the Senior Center Grand Gala in Charlottesville, Virginia for the past three years and each year they are outstanding! Ray is very professional and responsive which makes the planning process a breeze. I couldn't have asked for a better band to play at this special event. We had guests (including myself) dancing until the venue turned on the lights -- and they can play so many different genres of music which is perfect for events that have such a wide range of guests. Hands down, Big Ray & the Kool Kats is one of the best bands I have ever worked with! - happy event planner, Senior Center, Charlottesville, VA, 2-25-17
This is an amazing band! My husband and I do not usually dance very much, but we were on the dance floor all night during our wedding reception. Big Ray and the band were professional and organized and took care of the details. As Big Ray said "Your job is to be the bride. My job is to work out all the details with the reception venue". We did not have to worry about a thing - we were able to enjoy the wedding and reception. A couple band members and singers also performed the music for the ceremony, despite the cold and rain! It was absolutely beautiful music. We had so many complements from guests who took their name for their own future events. Ray was engaging and fun and interacted well with the guests. It was such an amazing and fun night! Big Ray and the Kool Kats are the ultimate professionals - they know how to make the party flow! The venue coordinator agreed: "Ray went above and beyond any other band or musician that we have worked with".  - Susan, happy bride 12/14/16
Big Ray and the Kool Kats are simply the best. As the groom, my largest responsibility of the entire planning process was to find the wedding band. It’s difficult to truly get a sense of the sound and presence through internet videos, but after countless hours on the wedding review websites Big Ray stood out to us as a notch above the rest. We were married in S. Florida on October 8th, the day after Hurricane Matthew was scheduled to directly hit S. Florida. Ray was great leading up to the wedding, communicating with us and the venue, and even rebooking the entire bands flights to make sure that they were able to avoid the storm and make it in. Not only was his level of professionalism evident, but it was apparent that he truly enjoyed making sure we were taken care of as the bride and groom. The music and performance were outstanding. Weeks later, we are still getting compliments on the band. The entire experience was truly a stand out. I cannot recommend Big Ray and Kool Kats enough.  - Ross, happy groom, 2016
Big Ray and his team were excellent! Everyone just loved them and were up from the first song. Ray was most accommodating and I would definitely recommend him to anyone that asks. He truly went out of his way to make sure we were getting what we wanted. It was a fantastic event!  - Anne, Event Coordinator for St. Mary's Hospital
There is no other option for live music as far as we are concerned! Big Ray played our Country Club wedding and 10 years later we booked them for an epic "fratty" birthday party celebration. Both times the band made the event spectacular. I believe guests, cold drinks, lighting, and music are key to a successful event. Big Ray hits a grand slam with the live music and suddenly everything else at the event is perfection. He is responsive, professional, fun, prepared, and so damn reliable!! He makes sure you and your guests have the time of your lives! Book. This. Band. (thank me later!)      - Lori, bride and recent party planner, 10/1/16
I hired Big Ray & the Kool Kats to perform at my fundraising Gala in Washington DC last night and they were amazing! I had multiple guests come up to me during the performance and comment on how great of a band we had. They read the crowd and played music that really got people up and dancing after the dinner... on a Tuesday night! I will certainly work with them again and recommend Big Ray & the Kool Kats to anyone!        - Sarah, Event Organizer, 9/13/16