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
Big Ray and Kool Kats have tons of talent, a wide range of music to please anyone, and most important, flexibility that allows you to personalize your event. Big Ray helped to make our daughter's wedding day extra special. The band learned new songs that were special requests made by bride, groom and parents. They kept the party going through five hours of dancing, keeping the dance floor filled with happy guests. I can't tell you the numerous compliments we received. You will be in good hands from start to finish.             - Mother of the bride, 7/16/16
Guests from all throughout the country called this the wedding of the century and completely loved the band! Big Ray & the Kool Kats were fantastic - they played everything we requested and also read the crowd. I've always dreamed of having a great dance at my wedding and I was thrilled! The band is musically gifted, and kept playing such fun songs. All our guests were dancing throughout the night, and even my grandparents surprised everyone as they stole the dance floor and danced to Blue Moon (total crowd pleaser as it was such a sweet moment). 10/10 times I would hire Big Ray and the Kool Kats. They're incredible!           - Jane, a happy bride, 6/4/16
We used Big Ray and the Kool Kats for a corporate anniversary party in April, 2016.  They were fabulous to work with and very professional during the event.  Due to requests from our guests, we worked with them in advance of the event regarding the play list and they delivered.  People were dancing from the start of the event all the way to the end – that’s the way to have a party!  Days later our employees are still talking about how much fun they had and how great the band was. Thanks, Ray!       -Nancy, Institute for Defense Analyses, April 2016

Just wanted to let you know that Big Ray and his band crushed it last night. May have been the best I have ever heard them.  Great mix of experienced musicians. Really perfect. My clients were super super pleased and I look forward to seeing Big Ray again soon! It’s nice to have a band that you know is going to bring it on every level. Professional, fun and talented. He is so different from so many other bands and I am happy to have his style to offer to clients!
- Dina Blazek of Dina Berg Blazek Event Planning & Design, April 2016
Big Ray and the Kool Kats are literally the best band ever! I work in the wedding industry which made my wedding planning process more difficult than I had expected. My family and I saw them play at Maryland Live Casino along with some other bands about 9 months before my wedding. I was sold after they played just one song, and then Big Ray himself came up to meet my family and I and that was definitely the icing on the cake. From beginning to end, the process of working with this band was amazing. Not only is the band so wonderful, but Big Ray is truly one of the best people I have ever met. He is so sincere, genuine and loves what he does. During the night he constantly checked in with me to make sure I was happy, and that meant so much to me. Everyone who was at my wedding keeps talking about how amazing the band was. Look no further, book Big Ray, just do it!   - Anna Lisa, Jan 2016
We cannot say enough great things about Big Ray and the Kool Kats! Our friends actually had Big Ray at their wedding reception back in 2010, which my husband (fiancé at the time) and I attended and had such a wonderful time at, and 5 years later, we were still talking about the band and the amazing job they did at our friend’s reception so we reached out to them when our big day came around and we could not be happier! Ray was an absolutely joy to work with in the months leading up to our wedding and his band was phenomenal! Everyone at our reception was up and on their feet (even the non-dancers) and Ray kept the party going! I have a fairly conservative family, so I was a bit nervous how the reception would go trying to keep both young 20-somethings entertained as well as our 90 year-old grandparents but Ray and his band pulled off a night made for everyone! They played music from Bruno Mars to Frank Sinatra and everything in between. My husband and I had taken several private dance lessons and had our first dance choreographed so I was a bit nervous if we’d be able to perform to a live version of our song since we had only practiced with a recorded version from the artist’s cd, but again, it went perfectly! The band and the singers followed our steps and adjusted their tempo to our dance-- I was so, so, so impressed! I obviously cannot say enough great things about this band! If you’re lucky enough to book them (they book quickly!) you will not be disappointed! We’re a large military family and have family members representing every branch of the military so Ray included a few sound bites of the different military marches which our crowd loved and added such a personal touch! Bands are quite a bit more expensive when considering the prices of DJs, and we toiled back and forth a bit with the price, adjusting our budget here and there to make it work and I will tell you that Big Ray and the Kool Kats set the tone for our entire evening.  - happy bride, Danielle, 12/3/15
It was an absolutely honor having them perform at our wedding reception. From the start, I knew that this was going to be seamless. Big Ray gave us his cell phone number to call any time leading up to the event with questions or concerns. We did end up calling him once with questions and he was extremely patient listening to our questions and really took the time to explain how he could help. At the event, he came up to us before we were introduced to say hello and joke around with us (we were so nervous!) to help calm the nerves. Now for the music. It was truly unbelievable! I had guests coming up to us at the reception to get his contact info and hear about how we had found this band. If they weren't coming up to ask about the band it was just to tell us how talented they were - and they truly are! Another GREAT thing about this band - my mother at one point thought that it was a tiny bit too loud and she went up to Big Ray and he immediately worked with her to get the right level. She agreed with me that it was an amazing response as not all bands are likely to agree with "the old fogies" as my mom calls herself :) Big Ray and the Kool Kats take it to another level. While there were certainly a few bumps in the road during the wedding (there always will be!), there were absolutely zero with the band. I wish I could have them at every event! Big Ray - let me know if you ever put out a record, I'll be first in line to jam along in my car!! Thank you, Big Ray and the Kool Kats, for making our wedding experience a truly unforgettable one!!
- Travis & Kerry, wedding in October, 2015
Our party was to celebrate my mother's 90th birthday. It couldn't have been more perfect and Big Ray and the Kool Kats were the frosting on the cake! They made the party. Everyone loved them and their selection of music. Thank you notes for that evening keep coming in and the most frequent comment is how great they were. Can't wait to have another party and Big Ray and the Kool Kats is our first and only choice for the band.
- recent 2015 birthday party
The reception was one big party! Not to mention, the live band was A-MAZ-ING! One of my all time favorite bands … I really cannot say enough great things about them! They kept the dance floor packed the entire night with the guests wanting for more! They played everything from Frank Sinatra to Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk. Great variety for all ages!
-Stephanie Messick, Photographer
AWESOME show last night.
Lots more folks out there dancing than I ever expected.
Many thanks again.

- Bob, Princeton University Reunion, 6/1/15 email to EastCoast Entertainment

Big Ray and the Kool Kats tied the evening together perfectly!
- Allison, Georgetown University, 6/5/15 email to EastCoast Entertainment
"Wow- Big Ray and the Kool Kats are great!!! The band is awesome- friendly, talented, played a nice mix of music. Great background music during dinner and then they really took it up so that everyone danced and had a wonderful time. All of our guests commented on how great the band was. We danced so much some of our guests could barely walk the next day! Music really makes a party and if you want to have an awesome party then hire Big Ray and the Kool Kats!" 
- Hunter, 02/14/15
 
"Ray and his band were absolutely one of the highlights of my wedding. From the minute I met with Ray to discuss the music he put my mind at ease. I could tell by his professionalism and experience the he knew exactly what he was doing! All of our friends and family, including an 84 year great Aunt, were out of the dance floor the entire evening. Our reception, including the cocktail hour, was 6 hours long (an hour longer than the average 5 hours) as well and it felt like the band was there playing the entire time. My family and I are big Motown fans and the band kept us going all night, not to mention got me and my husband dancing on the stage! We had requested a few Van Morrison songs (also a big family favorite) and to my astonishment the band not only played a couple we had planned on, but also another one that I had mentioned I loved. They learned on their own and completely surprised me with it which was a real treat! It was one of the most memorable moments of my entire day and a memory that will stay with me forever. Take it from a a bride who was incredibly particular and quite a big music fan - the band completely nailed it. Ray is a great MC as well as musician and band leader. The band if full of lots of talented musicians, incredible vocalists, including a great Sinatra crooner, and I can’t stress how extremely professional and organized they were as well. Trust me; you can't go wrong with this band."  - Jennifer, 01/03/14