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Big Ray & the Kool Kats

Charlottesville, VA View map Visit website

About

2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner

Big Ray and the Kool Kats is an 12-piece wedding band located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Founded by longtime professional musician Ray Caddell, they have performed at countless wedding receptions since the group's inception over 25 years ago. Ray and his talented team of musicians strive to provide first-rate wedding entertainment services to each couple as they celebrate their special day.

Services Offered

The team at Big Ray and the Kool Kats offer a number of services for your upcoming milestone celebration. Ray begins the planning process with an in-depth consultation to discuss event style, size, and budget. From there, he and the team will carefully curate a personalized setlist that authentically reflects your personality and style. Big Ray and the Kool Kats musical range is extensive and they can play a wide range of genres, from Motown to classic rock. They also wholeheartedly welcome any personal requests you have. The group can provide professional dance floor lighting and a state-of-the-art sound system for your big day celebrations. Additional services include the use of microphones and a professional MC, along with musical accompaniment during breaks in reception speeches.

  • Woman-owned

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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
Vocals
Liability Insurance
Willing to Travel

What items are available?

Lighting
Microphones
Sound/PA System
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    The Ideal Band for Your Wedding!

    Big Ray and the Kool Kats did an amazing performance at our wedding outside of Charlotte, N.C. in October 2022. My wife selected them after loving their performance at another wedding. They are phenomenal, and we received lots of positive feedback from our guests about how much they enjoyed the music. Very strong vocal and instrumental talent. They have a great repertoire of older and newer covers; guests of all ages had something that they recognized and enjoyed! They did a great job with their sound design as they were sufficiently loud enough, but guests could still have conversations on the side. Ray was a pleasure to work with and an excellent emcee. The band members were not only incredibly talented but very friendly and pleasant. We would highly recommend. We are thankful for Big Ray and the Kool Kats for helping to make our wedding an even more fun and special event!

    Big Ray & the Kool Kats's reply:

    What a charming venue and even more charming couple! We certainly enjoyed celebrating with you. Ray
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    Nicole L. Married on 09/24/2022
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    Big Ray was the best part of our wedding!!

    Big Ray was an actual hero in our wedding planning journey, and needless to say I couldn’t recommend his band enough!!! Just one month away from our wedding date our previous band fell through, and that’s when we came across Ray. He was incredibly supportive, responsive and beyond kind and accommodating. We trusted him from the minute we met him, and knew his band would be the perfect fit for our big day. The dance floor was packed all night long and they kept the party alive!!! We hope to be able to have a future event to hire Big Ray and his band again. Hire him and you will not be disappointed!!!
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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2022 Winner
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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, VA, 22901
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