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Bands in Charlottesville, VA,
(434) 960-4595
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    Meredith

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  • 10/10 Big Ray and the Kool Kats were the best part of our wedding. He made our day. He was respectful, professional, creative, accommodating and down right fantastic. By in large made our night. Not a single person sat once the band got going. We received SO many compliments. Five stars across the board!

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    I'm so glad you had a great time...we did too! Best wishes and I hope to see you again at a friends wedding maybe :)

    Jackie R

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  • We have had Big Ray and his KK's for two weddings....without hesitation we give him our highest endorsement...Big Ray is engaging , attentive, and responsive. He listens to the preferences, sets the appropriate feeling, delivers beyond every expectation on presentation, and will make your event the most memorable you could ever imagine. Don't miss an opportunity to allow Big Ray and his team to join you for your special event.

    Jordan Xu

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  • Big Ray and the Kool Kats are INCREDIBLE!!!! As a wedding planner myself, I have heard and worked with a lot of different bands, and Big Ray and the Kool Kats top them all! They had the dance floor packed all night long and our guests have been raving about them since our wedding in January. Ray is fantastic to work with both leading up to your wedding day and then at the actual wedding. He continuously checked in on myself and my husband, as well as our parents. My parents were worried about a band being too loud, and Ray heard that concern before the wedding and honored it. No one's ears were ringing the next day and no one was trying to escape loud music! Their playlist is extensive and their ability to put together sets is fantastic. Our outdoor send-off was impossible due to a giant thunderstorm and I was amazed watching Big Ray and the Kool Kats sing and dance our guests into a big tunnel of love for an indoor send-off. We cannot thank the band enough for making our reception ent... Read more

    Christina

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  • Big Ray and the Kool Kats made our wedding day unforgettable. Hands down one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. Ray took the time out to really get to know us as a couple before the wedding and was just a joy to work with. They are so professional and talented. 10/10 would recommend. We love Big Ray and the Kool Kats!

    Sasha Farmer

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  • Big Ray and the Kool Kats were amazing- we had so many compliments throughout the night! They were super easy to work with, had extremely talented performers, and kept people dancing all night! True professionals!

    Caitlin Smith

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  • We could not have asked for a better band than Big Ray and the Kool Kats for our wedding. After a extremely tough year of planning through a pandemic my husband and I made the tough choice to host a micro-wedding this year and postpone our larger party. When we were deciding on the essentials for our smaller event we could not imagine doing it without the band- happy to say we made an excellent call there. Not only was the music amazing but Big Ray went above and beyond to be supportive and professional throughout the process. We switched to an outdoor setting in light of the pandemic and discovered day-of that that it wasn't equipped to connect to Bluetooth speakers for our dinner playlist. Big Ray heard about this and offered to have the band play through dinner- we could not have appreciated his kindness and adaptability more. It made a huge difference to have such an incredibly supportive vendor during these exceptional times. Great news is we get to have Big Ray and the Kool Kats ... Read more

    Alex Schettine

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  • Big Ray and the Kool Kats rocked our wedding! Every guest commented on how great the band was - they brought energy, entertainment and fun. Bottom line: if you have a chance to book Big Ray and the Kool Kats - do it and don't look back. You have just made one of the best decisions about your wedding!

    Jennie Persson

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  • Big Ray and the Kool Katz were absolutely amazing. We planned our wedding in 10 weeks and and in just a few weeks, Big Ray and the Kool Katz learned new songs for us including an ABBA medley which everyone loved. They added so many personal touches to our wedding in a way we couldn’t have imagined. We are so grateful to Big Ray and the Kool Katz for making our wedding reception so amazing. Each one of the band members are incredibly talented and you will not regret booking Big Ray and the Kool Katz for your wedding.

    Michael Fox

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  • Big Ray and the Kool Kats exceeded our expectations in every way. Ray worked with us to provide strings for our ceremony, Jazz for the cocktail hour, and absolutely brought down the house during the reception. He also worked with my sister who sang our first dance song, it was a beautiful moment. Ray was open to any idea we had musically. Highly recommended.

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    So glad you were pleased. GREAT party as well as your special day. And your sister can REALLY sing btw. Ray

    Johnsie

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  • Yall, this is the highest quality band you can possibly get for your special day! Ray was so willing to meet with us before the wedding (multiple times, thanks to me making changes), accommodated my silly requests with a smile on his face and a complete calm, and maintained a level of professionalism throughout the weekend while also seeming like someone we’d known for years. His experience in the music industry is unmatchable and literally everyone at our wedding was out on the dance floor for entire night. He is able to host/MC in a way that makes him feel like a guest of the wedding but also not the center of the night. He even had one of his crew members run out to the nearest store when a bridesmaid requested a mixer the bartender didn’t have. How amazing is that?! He knows how to read a crowd and truly made our night perfect. Not to mention the absolutely beautiful music he and his band members provided for our ceremony and cocktail hour. Would recommend a million times over!

    Kim

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  • You will not regret hiring Big Ray and the Kool Kats for your wedding!! Ray was so easy to work with throughout the wedding planning process. He's a true professional, allowing us to sit back and trust his guidance. He even spoke with my dad during the planning process who had a musical surprise for me during his toast. Ray made our day so special and was really fun to work with! All of our wedding guests raved about the music, from the ceremony musicians' beautiful music to the great party and dancing songs played by the full band at the reception! They were even gracious enough to entertain a few guests and flower girls on stage with them :) Highly recommend!!!

    Steve Weiler

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  • Big Ray and the Kool Kats helped make my daughter's wedding reception an unqualified success. The musicians and vocalists are top notch and can perform the old standards (e.g., Glenn Miller and Frank Sinatra) to Motown to Classic/Modern Top 40 and everything in between. Ray is the consummate emcee and bandleader. If you are planning a wedding reception or a dance party, hiring this band is a moral imperative!

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    It was our pleasure! What a fun event. I'm glad you were pleased. Call on me anytime for whatever musical needs you might have. Ray

    Sheryl Schwartz

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  • Big Ray & The Kool Kats, Thank you for a spectacular night of dancing and music at Rachel & Ben’s Wedding! You had our guests dancing all night long! We loved Tommy- the Country singer you hired since Ben also loves Country music. Ray is not only a great Band Leader he is a great person!! Thanks again, Sheryl & Barry Schwartz

    Steve Pavlick

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  • Big Ray and the Kool Kats exceeded our already high expectations! They played a wonderful selection that was able to cater to a variety of ages and made our day extremely special. Terrific energy throughout the night. Could not have been happier and would highly recommend them. They really made our day ever more special.

    Ashley

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  • Where do I begin?! Big Ray and the Kool Kats was our wedding band just over a month ago and our guests are STILL talking about them and how awesome our band was! They are so incredibly talented. They played motown/funk , pop,...exactly what we asked for! They really can do anything you want, though. When Big Ray and the Kool Kat's plays a song, it isn't played like just any other band. There's something about them that brings the crowd alive and there's this sudden energy in the room. They kept everyone out on the dance floor and knew exactly how to read the crowd. My husband danced so hard he had to change dress shirts and I changed into a short white fun dress, and they even let my bridesmaids and I up on the stage! In addition, Ray as a band leader is incredibly organized. He has everything planned and needs very little information. You can tell he's a pro from the moment you first talk with him. He worked seamlessly with our planners and photographer, making the whole event go off ... Read more
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