Washington DC Wedding Music Band

Big Ray and the Kool Kats is a professional live wedding music band dedicated to delivering a musically diverse, and multi-talented music experience designed to lend sophistication and generate excitement for your event.

Coming from Charlottesville, Virginia, Big Ray and the Kool Kats has had the distinct advantage of many, many years serving brides and their families from all over on one of their most important days. They have ONE GOAL in mind when it comes to your wedding – to create memories for you and your loved ones.

As a live wedding band, Big Ray and the Kool Kats will work to add the sophistication, the fun, and high energy for you and your guests. Read the perks of hiring a live wedding band.

If we sound like your perfect live wedding band option for entertainment at your wedding, call us, email us, or contact us by filling in our form on the contact page here.

Washington DC wedding venues provide great picturesque views and layouts for any luxurious wedding or special event. Big Ray and the Kool Kats has had the honor of playing live music for many couples and guests at many of these places, including the Meridian House, Congressional Country Club, Ritz Carlton Hotel (Washington D.C., Tysons, Georgetown), and The Mayflower Hotel. Read about just a few of the many Washington D.C. wedding venues we have had the honor of playing at.

Big Ray and the Kool Kats is a talented team of musicians who strive to provide first-rate wedding entertainment services to each and every couple as they celebrate their special day. Whether you are looking for that classic ceremony music, light background cocktail music, or stylish dancing music, Big Ray and the Kool Kats is versatile and fully equipped to create that musical vision you have been dreaming about.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

The National Museum of Women in the Arts is the first museum ever in the world to dedicate itself to recognizing and advocating for better representation for women through the arts, which Big Ray and the Kool Kats has performed for at on many occasions. With elegant and functional spaces, the museum can accommodate a variety of functions, including weddings, social, private, nonprofit, or corporate events.

Andrew Mellon Auditorium

The Andrew Mellon Auditorium is a popular auditorium in Washington D.C. for corporate events, galas, and weddings. Big Ray and the Kool Kats has had the honor of playing there for multiple presidential inaugural balls.

Dumbarton House

If you are dreaming of an elegant garden wedding, then the Dumbarton House is a charming choice. Get married with history all around you, enjoy cocktails in the garden, and dance the night away in the Blue Vue banquet room.

Smithsonian Institution Building: The Castle

The Castle is the Smithsonian’s oldest and first building. Its history and very attractive 19th century architecture all add to its unique charm and provides a historic view for any wedding, corporate, or social event.

Four Seasons

A Washington DC wedding experience with elegant ballrooms and fresh courtyards all open to your ideal weeding vision and design.

The John F. Kennedy Center

Fairmont Hotel

Willard InterContinental

The Willard InterContinental is one of the most popular wedding venues in our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. It provides romance and elegance for a luxurious Washington D.C. wedding with its grand setting and unforgettable service.

DAR Constitution Hall

Daughter’s of the American Revolution Constitution Hall is a historic landmark in the heart of Washington D.C., with luxurious antique furnishings and elegant architecture, it offers great, versatile spaces for weddings, receptions, meetings, and corporate events.


A luxury Washington D.C. wedding venue, the historic Hay-Adams was named the number 1 hotel in Washington D.C. It offers radiant, panoramic views and finely decorated spaces for any stylish event or wedding celebration.

Anderson House

Big Ray and the Kool Kats has had the pleasure of playing at this lovely English/Italian styled home for many couples for their wedding. This historic home in Washington D.C. includes an elegant ballroom and an extraordinary dinning room for your wedding.

The National Zoo

Elegant and airy, the Amazonia Science gallery showcases the world of scientific research with beautiful exhibits highlighting Smithsonian success stories.

St. Regis

The Watergate

Just a few of our awards from serving couples like you!

“Great music great dancing. Big Ray and his musicians are just a blast. Fun, energetic, entertaining and they bring the party! I promised our daughter she’d love the band and she was thrilled! Ray even played the Redskin’s fight song so our daughter and her WRC – cheerleaders could do their dance! It was a big hit. 10 out of 10.”

Nancy A., Mother of the Bride, The Watergate Hotel

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