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With recent performances in Las Vegas, New York City, Cabo San Lucas, and repeat shows at the Kennedy Center Galas in Washington, Big Ray and the Kool Kats deliver the talent, professionalism, and excitement your event demands, that will get rave reviews from your guests! Check out some of their stunning reviews on WeddingWire!

Named one of Modern Bride Magazines "Best Wedding Bands in America", Big Ray and the Kool Kats has the capability to perform literally thousands of songs, and most importantly, perform them with style and authenticity. From early evening dinner jazz & swing performed at a PERFECT VOLUME, so guests can talk, to the best in cross generational dance music when the party switches gears, Big Ray and the Kool Kats truly has a little something for everybody.

A crisp 4 piece rhythm section, 4 sizzling horn players, multiple lead male and female vocalists, all combine to bring a truly unique entertainment perspective to your event. And now, Big Ray and the Kool Kats offers costumed musical tributes to many of the greatest performers in the history of popular music to visually, as well as musically, enhance the theme and atmosphere of your event.

These costumed tributes include:

  • The Andrews Sisters
  • The Supremes
  • En Vogue
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Dean Martin
  • Tom Jones
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Sammy Davis, Jr.
  • James Brown
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Donna Summer
  • Madonna, Shania
  • Tina Turner
  • Gladys Knight

Led by trumpeter Ray Caddell whose live and recording credits include appearances with Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole, and dozens of other national acts and Broadway shows, Big Ray and the Kool Kats can bring the same level of excellence to your event.

Big Ray leaves nothing to chance in order to insure the smooth success of your event. From the early arrival of his uniformed set up crew, through the performance of that special song to make the day uniquely yours, BRKK deliver a performance so dynamic, so professional, and so responsive to your entertainment needs that you'll certainly join their roster of satisfied clients who book them again and again, year after year.

Big Ray and the Kool Kats. When only the best will do.

Print Song List


Current Top 40


Call Me Maybe
Marry You
Party in the USA
I Gotta Feeling
Born this Way
Edge of Glory
Dynamite
Fireworks
Club Can't Handle Me
DJ Got us Falling in Love Again
Forget You
Higher
Moves Like Jagger
Locked out of Heaven
Treasure
Forget You
Blurred Lines
Crazy in Love
Single Ladies
Get Lucky
Higher
Born This Way
Edge of Glory
Dynamite
DJ Got Us Falling...
Party Rock

Ballads

All The way
At Last
At This Moment
Because You Loved Me
Come Away with Me
Come Rain or Come Shine
Crazy
From this moment
Georgia
God Bless the USA
Have I Told You Lately
I Can't Make You Love me
I Loved Her First
I Will Always Love You
I'll Be There
I'm Every Woman
Inseparable
It Feels Like Home to Me
Just The Way You Are
Love Won't Let Me Wait
Midnight train to georgia
Misty
My Way
Neither One of Us
One in a Million
So Very Hard to Go
Somewhere Out There
The Best Thing That ever Happened
Unforgettable
What You Won't Do For Love
You'll Never Find

Motown, Oldies, and Beach

Ain't No Mountain
Ain't Too Proud to Beg
Baby I Need Your Lovin'
Bad Luck
Band of Gold
Be Young Be Foolish
Bill Deal & Rhondells Medley
Carolina Girls
Chain of Fools
Dancing in the Street
Early in the Morning
Freeway
Get Ready
Hey Bartender
How Sweet it Is
I Feel Good
I Goota Use My Imagination
I Heard it Through the Grapevine
I Love Beach Music Medley
I'll Be Around
Just Fine
Knock on Wood
Let's get it On
Let's Stay Together
Little Red Book
Love Man
Midnight Hour
Mustang Sally
My Girl
Nowhere to Run
Ocean Boulevard
Rescue me
Respect
Rock Steady
Same Old Song
Shout
Signed sealed delivered
Sing a Song
Sir Duke
Soul Man
Sugar Pie Honey Bunch
Summertimes Calling Me
This Old heart of Mine
This Will Be
Tracks of my tears
Under the Boardwalk
With This Ring

Standards, Swing, and Jazz

Ain't That a Kick
Almost Like Being in Love
Beyond the sea
Cheek to Cheek
Come Fly With Me
Fly Me to the Moon
Glenn Miller Medley
Have You Met Miss Jones
I Get a Kick
I Only Have Eyes for You
I've Got the World on a String
I've Got You Under my Skin
It Was a Very Good Year
Mack the Knife
Mr. Pinstripe
NY NY
Orange Colored Sky
Please be Kind
Route 66
Sinatra medley
Summer Wind
Sway
The way You Look Tonight
Where or When
You Make Me Feel So Young

Rock and Pop

Ain't No Other Man
Ain't No Stopping Us Now
Back in Love Again
Barry White Medley
Beginnings
Boogie Oogie Oogie
Brown Eyed Girl
By Your Side
Call Me
Car Wash
Cheeseburger in Paridise
Chic Medley
Crazy in Love
Crusin'
Do You Love Me
Don't Stop Believing
Get Down on It
Get into The Groove
Givin' it up for your Love
Glory Days
Heart of Rock and Roll
Hit Me with your best Shot
Holiday
I Gotta Feeling
I Wanna Dance
I Will Survive
I'm Every Woman
It's Raining Men
Lady marmalade
Last Dance
Let's groove
Let's Hear it for the Boy
Living on a Prayer
Love Train
Man I Feel Like a Woman
Margaritaville
Open Arms
Play That Funky Music
Power of Love
Proud mary
Redneck Woman
Shame
She Works hard for the Money
Simply Irresistable
Single ladies (Put a Ring on it)
Some Kind of Wonderful
Uptown Girl
Valerie
We Are Family
What I Like about You
YMCA

Originals

Plus literally hundreds of cocktail jazz dinner music selections, patriotic music and ethnic selections as well as virtually any requests communicated to BRKK ahead of time.


Bride

I cannot say enough great things about Big Ray and the Kool Kats! They were absolutely incredible entertainment for our wedding. They played with high energy and had the dance floor packed during the entire reception. Big Ray was a great emcee and did a great job personalizing the performance to suit our preferences. The band was even willing to learn songs that were special to us to play throughout the night. Big Ray was extremely professional and a joy to work with. Our guests have not stopped raving about how phenomenal the band was. I would highly recommend Big Ray and the Kool Kats to anyone!

Tara N.
Bride
6/06/14

Father of the Bride

Big Ray and the Kool Kats gets Five stars in all categories. They completely exceeded our expectations. Many of our guests told me it was the best wedding ever, and the twelve member band played a major part in this. The band also worked with the fireworks company to choreograph music to the fireworks. It was fantastic. The best fireworks to music that I have ever seen.

Thank you Ray and all of the other band members for helping make my daughter's wedding so special!

Robert M.
Father of the Bride
5/31/14

Event Planner

Just wanted to thank you for doing a fabulous job at Tara & Daniel's wedding this past weekend! It was a great party and evening and you made my job easier by being a great MC and amazing band!

Anne K.
Event Planner
5/17/14

UVA Corporate Event

Big Ray & the Kool Kats are absolutely stellar! This event had attendees from the U.Va. community, ranging in age from 21-88, and this group did an amazing job navigating the diverse crowd and playing so many favorites, old and new. The dance floor was constantly full, the 12-piece band always lively and engaging, and they have an incredible way of reading the audience. Ray was responsive, easy to book, flexible with their schedule, and affordable. He made great recommendations for the timing of the event and to help us capitalize on their time at the event, playing for both the cocktail reception and for the dancing portion of the evening. I would definitely recommend them for a wide variety of events; they can do it all! Thanks for being so wonderful to work with! Can't wait 'til next time!

All of the attendees with whom I spoke said BRKK was the best - much better than our previous band. The band tailored their performance to meet the different ages of the attendees and made sure everyone had a great time! We could not have made a better choice.

Cate & Tom L.
UVA
11/02/13

Father of the Bride

We had a great experience with Big Ray and he contributed to making the night an unforgettable experience. People were telling me how they were terrific and asking "where did you get that band." Our dealings with you and ECE were seamless. We will not hesitate to recommend Big Ray and The Kool Kats and ECE.

Henry H.
Father of the Bride
8/24/13

Mother of the Bride

Dear Ted, Once again, we were not disappointed by our choice of a wedding band through EastCoast Entertainment. Big Ray and the Kool Kats were amazing. Ray knew exactly how to handle my very type A stubborn daughter, the bride. The dance floor was constantly packed and had everyone raving about the band. My 86 year old mother was even dancing, along with all MIT graduates and Wellesley grads. Ray really knows how to read a crowd. Too bad all our children are married now because I would definitely book Ray again if they weren't.

Linda D.
Mother of the Bride
6/29/13

Mother of the Bride

Since being home, we have spoken to many of the guest who joined us at the wedding and each guest said that Big Ray was by far the BEST group they have ever seen, which we agree- he is not only a fabulous musician but an extraordinary entertainer. I wanted to specifically mention the way he led the parade to the Jefferson Room for the bride to toss her bouquet, fabulous concept and made this wedding special and different from the rest. Thank you again- there are not enough words to express our appreciation for the fabulous evening.

Linda B.
Mother of the Bride
5/11/13

Wedding Planner

It couldn't have been better. Ray out did himself. Guests commented that the Kool Kats were the best band ever. Everyone danced, sang, some of the little ones were break dancing. Ray was so easy to work with. Aronimink had a most favorable experience with the band. Thank you so much for creating a wonderful, fun, memorable time for Emily and Jacob!

Irene H.
Wedding Planner
5/04/13

Father of the Bride

I want to thank you and your band for an outstanding performance during Brooke's wedding reception. You exceeded our expectations and made it a great evening for everyone in attendance. I continue to receive accolades for your band's performance. Most importantly, Brooke was extremely pleased as you could tell by the amount of time she spent on the dance floor and the stage! I have personally attended a lot of wedding receptions and I cannot recall any where the dance floor was full from the beginning to the end as it was for Brooke's. Thank you for helping make this such a memorable event for our family and friends.

Mike P.
Father of the Bride
4/13/13

Bride

The wedding weekend was amazing and everything ran so smoothly. Big Ray was very easy to work with and was great about responding to emails, phone calls, etc. He worked well with both Brent & I. As far as the night of the wedding--they were amazing! We have had so many people tell us what an amazing band we had. They played the songs we loved and got the crowd involved as well. Overall, I would say things went great and they were incredibly easy to work with and performed beyond our expectations. Thank you!

Katherine S.
Bride
3/23/13

Mother of the Bride

You truly are the nicest group of people, Ray, and the fact that you all can sing and play instruments so well is secondary to the joy the you bring to all. Thank you for a wonderful event and we hope you enjoyed your self as much as we enjoyed you.
Trish B. (Jan 26th, 2013)
Mother of the Bride

Trish B.
Mother of the Bride
1/26/13

Anniversary Event - Former US Senator George Allen

Thank you all so much for your invigorating, fantastic talents that truly had everyone singing, dancing and smiling on January 17th in the Science Museum. The Penguin Ball remembering the Tenth Anniversary of my Inauguration as Governor was perfect in all respects. Your song selections and quality were the best.

George Allen
Former United States Senator
1/17/13

Event Planner

We have received great reviews of the band! People were on the dance floor all night long and the energy was contagious! Ray called me yesterday afternoon to check in and see how everything went. The event was definitely a huge success and we are so pleased with the band.

Tracy W.
Event Planner, Nemours hospital gala

Bride

Ray: You and your band were absolutely fantastic - thank you! We are so grateful - our families and friends are still raving about you and the Kool Kats. You guys did everything we could have hoped for and much, much more. Everyone loved the music, and the selection, and the execution. And you in particular were just perfect: flexible and friendly, and the way you handled the evening's events just far exceeded what we were even wishing for. We loved every second of our wedding and you and the band were such a major part of that. Thank you so very much. 

Rebecca G.
Bride
12/01/12

Bride

To say Thank You for everything (everything!) you did to help make our day so absolutely FABULOUS on Saturday. I can say, without any hesitation, that it was an absolutely perfect evening for me and Scott and there is NOTHING we would have done differently. Nothing. Big Ray's performance completely MADE THE NIGHT! We have received an endless line of compliments, Facebook posts, and emails speaking to how wonderful "the band" was - you all were a complete hit and kept the dance floor packed the whole night - which was exactly what Scott and I had hoped for :) And I know that you and your team learned several songs specifically for our wedding - they were carried out beautifully and clearly they were a hit! You all made the night something we will never, ever forget - THANK YOU A THOUSAND TIMES OVER! Truly, you all deserve nothing short of a standing ovation :)

Christine K.
Bride
11/18/12

Mother of the Bride

We could not have been happier with Big Ray and the Kool Kats. They were AMAZING! They made the reception so fun, with people dancing from the minute the Bride/Groom and Father/Daughter dances were over until the end of the night. My husband and I heard comments all night about how it was the best reception ever, etc., and it was all due to Big Ray and the Kool Kats. People who never dance were dancing, even a pregnant friend who arrived exhausted after a long car ride was dancing. The few people who didn't dance still loved the music. And, I have to say, it was kind of nice to tell people that the band was opening for the Temptations the next night. I think some people thought we must have hired them from Los Angeles or New York. My daughter and her husband are on their honeymoon right now. They were as happy with the band as my husband and I were.

Nancy T.
Mother of the Bride
11/17/12

Father of the Bride

On behalf of all of us who participated in Carolyn and Jeff's wonderful wedding in Kiawah, I want to thank you for a truly memorable performance. We could easily have continued dancing to your great music. Since the wedding, we have been contacted by so many of our guests who complemented your band for its fantastic music and energy. You had us dancing the entire time. My son's girlfriend wore her shoes out. Ha! People usually remember the wedding ceremony and the reception music, and we will never forget either. "New York New York", "God Bless the USA" and "Sweet Caroline" always get our families going. I have another daughter whom I hope is planning to be married in a year or so. With any luck Jennifer will be calling you again if you are rested! Thanks again.

Jim P.
Father of the Bride
10/06/12

Bride

Steve, Big Ray and the Kool Kats were unbelievable!!! I can't begin to tell you how good they were. They absolutely MADE the wedding. From the moment the dancing started until they played they last song the dance floor was full. So many people told me they felt like they were at a concert!! The next day the topic was OMG THAT BAND!!!!! Not only were they amazing but they were so nice and fun. THANK YOU so much your help with the band!!!

Jennifer P.
Bride
10/06/12

Mother of the Bride

I just wanted to let you know what an amazing job Ray and the band did for our daughter's wedding. My gratitude is hard to express in words-but Ray was so kind and took care of making sure everyone had a great time - and out of their seats onto the dance floor. I know guests would have loved to dance for another 2 hours! I am sure you know how wonderful (and talented) Ray and his band is-but it was so special to have Ray (and the Kool Kats) as part of such an amazing day for my family. EVERYONE LOVED THEM!!!! Thanks for everything!

Shawny B.
Mother of the Bride
8/18/12

Maryland Gala Event Planner

We wanted to extend a huge thank you for playing at our Bicentennial Gala of the War of 1812 at the Maryland Historical Society. Your music was incredible and it truly made the evening very special. You all are rock stars and we would recommend you to anyone!

Elixabeth S.
Maryland Gala Event Planner
6/09/12
Big Ray & The Kool Kats
Big Ray & The Kool Kats