Big Ray & the Kool Kats

1131 Rio Road E., Charlottesville, VA 22901 Map · Phone number
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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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124 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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    Sasha Farmer · Getting married on 06/10/2020

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    Could not have been better

    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!

    Sent on 10/29/2019
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    Alex Schettine · Getting married on 02/09/2020

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    If you can book Big Ray - You book Big Ray! They are The Best!

    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!

    Sent on 10/29/2019

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Big Ray & the Kool Kats FAQ

  • 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?
    $ 8500.00
  • 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
    Vocals
    Liability Insurance
    Willing to Travel
  • What items are available?
    Lighting
    Microphones
    Sound/PA System

Real Weddings

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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 See on map
    434-688-4013 (Phone number)

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