Big Ray & the Kool Kats

1131 Rio Road E., Charlottesville, VA 22901 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About Big Ray & the Kool Kats

A multi-talented wedding band in Charlottesville, Virginia, Big Ray and the Kool Kats is the perfect choice for newly engaged couples looking to appeal to a variety of styles and tastes. Specializing in everything from Motown to classic rock, the 11-piece ensemble has been blowing couples away since 1996. Founded by longtime professional musician Ray Caddell, Big Ray and the Kool Kats knows exactly how to make your affair one to remember!

Experience
Big Ray and the Kool Kats has won five WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards! They were named one of the best wedding bands in America by Modern Bride Magazine. Ray Caddell has appeared and recorded with Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra, among others. With credits like these, you can't go wrong with this wedding band!

Services Offered
Big Ray and the Kool Kats’ large ensemble of professional musicians leaves nothing to chance in order to ensure the smooth success of your event. In addition to their extensive set list, their services include:

  • Ability to learn new songs
  • Music during breaks
  • Lighting
  • Microphones
  • Sound/PA system
  • MC


Areas Covered
Big Ray and the Kool Kats is more than happy to assist couples in an array of locations. In addition to the Charlottesville area, the band also services D.C., Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina.

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111 Reviews for Big Ray & the Kool Kats

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  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 5.0

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    Patrick Tobey · Married on 01/30/2019

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    Washington Golf and Country Club welcomes Big Ray any time

    I could always count on Big Ray and The Kool Kats to put on a great show and make my members happy. Been working with them for years and will continue to do so for many more. Cant say enough nice things about my experiences, always a pleasure.

    Sent on 01/30/2019

    Big Ray & the Kool Kats's reply:

    We feel the same way about you, your staff, and your members. Anytime for WGCC. And the band meal is exquisite.,,no other venue comes close.
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    Katheryn M. · Married on 11/17/2018

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    Best of the best! Brought down the house!

    Big Ray brought down the house, and was amazing to work with - across the board. He was incredibly flexible with the playlist - and had everyone on the dancefloor the entire night. Would 10/10 recommend!

    Sent on 11/27/2018

    Big Ray & the Kool Kats's reply:

    Now THAT was a party. We just grabbed onto you and your guests and hung on for the ride. Anytime, anywhere. Ray

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Big Ray & the Kool Kats FAQ

  • What is the average price for a wedding reception during peak season? $ 8,000 - $ 11,000
  • What is the average price for a wedding reception during off-peak season? $ 7,000 - $ 10,000
  • Which of the following are included in the price? Ceremony Music, Cocktail Hour Music, Learning New Songs, Lighting, MC, Music During Breaks, Reception Music, Sound/PA System, Travel Expenses
  • What is the price of your popular wedding package? $ 8,500.00
  • Which of the following are included in the package? Ceremony Music, Cocktail Hour Music, Learning New Songs, Lighting, MC, Music During Breaks, Reception Music, Sound/PA System, Travel Expenses
  • Are you an agency or a band? Band
  • How many musicians are in your band(s)? 7+
  • What genres of music does (do) your band(s) play? Big Band, Classic Rock, Country, Dance, Funk, Jazz, Latin, Motown, Orchestra, Pop, R&B / Soul, Rock, Swing
  • What music services do you provide? Instrumentals, Ceremony Music, Cocktail Hour Music, Learning New Songs, MC, Reception Music, Music During Breaks, Liability Insurance, Willing to Travel
  • What items are available? Lighting, Microphones, Sound/PA System

Professional Network & Endorsements

3 Endorsements

  • Donovan-Groves Events
    Donovan-Groves Events Wedding Planners

    We love working with Big Ray & the Kool Kats! They are a great band, not just a great wedding bad! Easy to work with, flexible and keeps the guests dancing! We love working with Big Ray, as do our clients!

  • Blue Ridge Event Production
    Blue Ridge Event Production Wedding Decor & Lighting

    We have worked more than a few times with Big Ray and his Kool Kats and crowd pleasing and entertaining are always the words heard after the event. It has always been a real pleasure to work with them. They are grade A professional and extremely easy to work with. If a live band is your entertainment choice, you can't loose with Big Ray & the Kool Kats.

  • Barb Wired
    Barb Wired Wedding Planners

    If you want the best time EVER for your wedding or special event, you need this band! It is important to me as a wedding professional for all to work together as a team. Big Ray does it right and is a joy to work with.

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  • 1131 Rio Road E. Charlottesville, Virginia, 22901 See on map
    434-688-4013 (Phone number)

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