Washington DC Wedding Music Band

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

When it comes to your wedding, Big Ray and the Kool Kats is the ultimate choice for live music entertainment. With years of experience serving brides, their families, and a deep understanding of the importance of the special day, Big Ray and the Kool Kats’ one goal is to create unforgettable 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. Live music for weddings adds an energy and liveliness a recording cannot. 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 D.C., the U.S. capital, is a historic city full of monuments, museums, performing art centers, and more. There is so much to do in this vibrant city and it is a very popular spot for tourists. One of the top things to do in D.C. is to visit the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest complex of museums, research, and education, where it houses an expansive collection of objects, art, works, and specimens. Another traditional D.C. adventure consists of touring the famous National Mall, which is America’s most visited park, filed with monuments, memorials, and historic buildings. The best time to visit is late March to early April for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, when the pink blossoms are in bloom. To experience D.C. culture, visit one of the urban neighborhoods and farmers markets.

Washington D.C. 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, The John F. Kennedy Center, Fairmont Hotel, Ritz Carlton Hotel (Washington D.C., Tysons, Georgetown), The Watergate 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 wedding vision and design.

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center is located in the heart of downtown Washington D.C. and the quintessential venue for weddings filled with luxury, sophistication, elegance, and breathtaking views.

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

A luxury hotel in downtown Washington D.C. that has hosted world leaders, royalty, and Hollywood stars. For any wedding or event, St. Regis offers complete luxury and grandeur styled spaces that will create a timeless look and feel.

What You Can Expect From Us:

We are available through email, bigrayandthekoolkats@gmail.com, or call Big Ray anytime at 434-960-4595. We are open for a call or zoom, whatever is convenient for you.

You are welcome to call, text, email, zoom, or whichever method you prefer to contact Big Ray to talk about your musical vision!

We only ask for electricity, a place to change, a vendor meal and bottled water. If we travel, we are self contained and do not require hotel rooms or travel arrangements.

We aim to create a musical package designed specifically for and your vision. Call (434-960-4595) or email (bigrayandthekoolkats@gmail.com) Big Ray to talk about how to make the perfect music package for you!

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

As Seen In:

Northern Virginia Magazine: Dream Wedding Giveaway: Lauren & Kelby

Style Me Pretty: A Beautiful Homage To The Bride’s Parents Leads To An Unexpected Sign

Style Me Pretty: Virginia Wedding by Katy Carrier Events

Virginia Living: Virginia Living’s Top Wedding Vendors

Washingtonian: The Band Learned a Beloved Dolly Parton Song for This Parisian-Inspired Wedding

“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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Big Ray and the Kool Kats regularly serves all couples throughout the country. We have even traveled overseas and will for you!

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