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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.

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.

Mother of the Bride

Big Ray & the Kool Kats performed at my daughter's wedding. I booked them based on my daughter's request as she had seen them at a friend's wedding. Throughout the year before the wedding, I spoke with Ray several times and my daughter spoke with him and emailed him song requests. He is extremely open and easy to work with--willing to do whatever he can to accommodate your requests and answer questions. The night of the wedding, from the moment the band took the stage, the guests were dancing and singing--non-stop! The band is very talented with great voices and instruments. There was something for every age group. My son is a singer and Ray even spoke to him before the wedding to set-up a couple of songs that he could sing with the band--which thrilled our family. Every person I spoke with that night and after commented on what a fabulous party we hosted--and that the band was the best they had ever heard. I would highly recommend Big Ray and the Kool Kats for any function!!

Lauren S. (Mother of the Bride)
Wedding: 08/03/2013

Bride & Groom

Dear Sonny - We feel very lucky that we had the opportunity to work with you at East Coast Entertainment. You are a professional who loves what he does and it shows. If it had not been for all of the time, emails and phone conversations that you and I shared, I would not have the privilege of meeting Ray, from Big Ray and the Kook Kats.

We listened to him play via the internet videos and we thought his sound was great. We were hoping he would sound even better in person. He exceeded every hope and expectation that we all wished for. Ray is the real deal. I spoke with him over the phone several times before our event on 6/18/11. He was kind, warm and enthusiastic. He assured me that he and his band members were going to make our wedding day a spectacular event. They did.

He was professional, prompt and clearly respected and admired by all of his band members. The Bride and her sister, the Maid of Honor were thrilled that he was able to mix Frank Sinatra classics with Beyonce and The Black Eyed Peas. All of the wedding guests danced and had a magnificent evening listening to Ray and his band. And just to make our special day even more special, Ray surprised my husband and me by dedicating a song to us, the song that we danced to twenty-eight years ago on our wedding day. We were deeply touched and we will never forget Ray's kindness. He preformed over and beyond our wildest dreams.

We would recommend Big Ray and The Kool Kats to everyone. He is the best - hands down. Thank you again Sonny for making our night happen,
Susan & Chip C. (6/18/11)
Wedding

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.
Sincerely,

Linda D. (June 29th, 2013)
Mother of the Bride 

LifeNet 25th Anniversary Gala, Corporate Event

Big Ray turned out to be everything you said he was... the consummate professional, extremely flexible, helpful and just an all around nice guy. The band was fabulous... I've never seen the LifeNet crowd enjoy themselves so much. So, thank you for the recommendation that we use them at the LifeNet 25th Anniversary gala. I hope I have the chance to hire them again!

Judy Baker
Baker and Associates

Wedding Planner

The wedding at Farmington on Saturday was a smashing success thanks in a very large part to Big Ray and his very Kool Kats!! They were phenomenal!! You know I don't very often rave about the bands and I'm glad I don't because if I did you wouldn't get how much I loved them!! They had everyone on the dance floor right from the get go and it was standing room only the entire night! The Strickler's have already been in touch with me sharing how much they loved everything and Big Ray was at the top of their list. So many guests kept commenting on how much fun the band was which of course makes the family feel super. What a win-win event!

Ray did a terrific job of keeping the flow of events moving along too. Plus, he was so accommodating throughout the entire planning process. The bride had a lot of last minute requests including a highlighted play/don't play list that wasn't given to Ray until he was on-site---Yikes! But, Ray handled it all with aplomb. I was thrilled, thrilled, thrilled and definitely want to book them again ASAP.

Jennifer Carroll - Wedding Planner

Corporate Event

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!

Tom L. (November 2nd, 2013)
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!

Cate L. (November 2nd 2013)
UVA Corporate Event

Maryland Historical Society Gala

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

Elizabeth S. (June 9th, 2012)
Maryland Gala Event Planner

Father of the Bride

John,
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. (August 24th, 2013)
Father of the Bride

Mother of the Bride

Hey, John:

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. I'm going to let them handle the reviews on on the websites you suggested when they return. They were as happy with the band as my husband and I were so they will write great things.

Is there a way for us to write a note of thanks directly to Big Ray? If not, will you please forward this Email, with our most profound thanks for making the night such an incredibly fun and memorable occasion?

Thanks,
Nancy T. (November 17th, 2012)
Mother of the Bride

Bride

Big Ray and The Kool Kats sets the bar for bands and band leaders. Their performances and professionalism are outstanding. Without fail they work diligently to ensure the client's wishes are met, and from a planner perspective, they closely follow timelines and flawlessly execute the evening plans! From a musical perspective, they have unbelievable range and can cater to all audiences! The dancefloor is always busy!! I love working with Big Ray and highly recommend them in any capacity!

Augusta C. (November 9th, 2013)
Bride

Bride

My husband and I heard Big Ray and The Kool Kats about 9 years ago at a friends wedding. We were so impressed that my husband and I both agreed we would have to have them play at our daughters wedding, (our daughter was not even dating at the time). They were everything and more when they played at our daughters wedding on October 26, 2013. Our family and friends are still talking about this band.
Jean H. (10/26/2013)
Bride 

Parents of the Bride

Dear Big Ray, I was totally blown away by you and your amazing band. You guys were incredible. I have NEVER seen such a rush to the dance floor when the party actually started after dinner at a wedding. Your girls, your lead singer from NY, YOU, and the rest of the band were totally off the charts. THANK YOU ALL FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART FOR SUCH A MEMORABLE NIGHT for Bill and I and Kelly and Adam. The memory will last a lifetime. We are all still reeling and talking about how fantastic you were. You made the party.... and your comment of not normally being the opening band was adorable and you just paved the way for the Legwarmers to do their thing. I hope you got to enjoy yourselves a little afterwards. One of my guests said that he wished I had six daughters so he could attend more of our weddings.....Thank God I don't, but if I did, you would be playing at every one of them. Can't wait to hear your band again. Do you have your own website with your schedule? I found you on the EastCoast Entertainment website. Kelly and I listened to your audio/video over and over and said, if we can get you, we would be lucky and we truly were.

Many thanks again,
Barbara & Bill L.
Parents of the Bride

Magazine Review of Big Ray

"After the wedding cake was cut and served, the festivities were quickly underway Big Ray and the Kool Kats kept everyone swinging from the first song until the last dance. "Evan and I love Frank Sinatra (our song is 'Fly Me to the Moon'), so our number one criteria when choosing a band was that they be able to pull off Sinatra believably. We also wanted them to have an extensive song list that would appeal to both our younger and older guests. Finally, they couldn't be 'cheesy', for lack of a better term!" In short, they didn't want the overzealous bandleader and emcee with the exaggerated vocal intonations that follow that particular occupation. "We were discussing all of our requirements during a planning meeting and the Farmington catering director suggested Big Ray and the Kool Kats. I was listening to their sample of 'New York, New York' when Evan came home from work a few days later and he thought I was listening to Sinatra himself. That pretty much settled it for us."

reprinted from 2008 Spring / Summer issue of Soiree Magazine

Bride

Big Ray was the most professional band leader I have ever worked with. He really cared about making sure the event went smoothly and was exactly how we envisioned the evening. Before the event, he was responsive and returned phone calls and e-mails promptly. His pianist and soloist played and sang at the ceremony - he had members playing at cocktails - and, of course, the entire band for the reception. They were terrific - played all the songs my daughter and her husband requested, made sure the guests were dancing and happy! And his fee was very fair. I highly recommend Big Ray and the Kool Kats and would most definitely use them again.

Suanne B. (11/16/2013)
Bride

Mother of the Bride

Thank you, thank you for your recommendation of Big Ray and the Kool Kats for our daughter's wedding reception. The key to any successful event is "calling the right people". I knew which caterer, tent company, photographer, decorators, etc. to contact but had no idea where to begin to find The Right Band - a most important part of our evening. My friends more experienced in hosting wedding receptions referred me to you, assuring me that you would be a valuable resource. There was no way for me to know, even after our conversations by phone and email, just what a home run we were hitting in taking your advice to hire Big Ray.

Please realize that I am not an "event planner", just a mother trying to plan the most important event of her daughter's life! Ray assured me that he had received the bride's wish list of songs and reassured me that he "knew what eastern North Carolina liked to hear". He was most cordial and cooperative, immediately putting me at ease. His phone call letting me know he had arrived in our small town was a welcome touch to calm my jittery wedding day nerves.

Due to a transportation glitch after the ceremony, the wedding party was about 45 minutes late arriving at the reception. Our carefully arranged time frame was ruined, but Ray calmly got us organized and on the dance floor. From the first note, The Bride and our guests were thrilled. The song selection proved Ray was right when he said he "knew what to play for eastern NC"; his timing and personable ability to "work the crowd" were exceptional. I have only the highest praise for all the vocalists and the excellent musicianship of the band members. The dance floor was crowded all evening with every generation enjoying great dance music. It was a magical night for our family and friends, made even more so by the music of Big Ray and the Kool Kats.

I am happy to recommend the services of EastCoast Entertainment and the wonderful music of Big Ray and the Kool Kats in the most glowing terms.

Anne Shelton U.
Wedding

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
United States Senate

Fundraiser

The band did GREAT! Our event committee knew how good they are from having seen them last summer-but everyone who came to the party was just blown away, and they all wanted to know how in the world we were able to have them! I can't say enough for Ray and how much he did to support our efforts. They gave us 100% and then some - even played while they were getting rained on from behind the bandstand. Aside from being great musicians, they were prompt, professional, fun and very interested in seeing us succeed. It was a real pleasure to work with them, and, I know they gained a lot of new fans in Staunton, VA.

Mary T.
Fundraiser

Father of the Bride

Hi Ray. I would rather thank you live on the phone, but before too much time passes, 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. I hope you enjoyed our crowd too. Jennifer's brother Rich is hysterical. 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 Ray. Perhaps I'll see you around Cville one of these days.

Best regards,

Jim P. (October 6th, 2012)
Father of the Bride 

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 :)

Best always,
Christine K. (a very happy bride) :-)
November 10th, 2012

Event Planner

Hi Sonny,

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.

Talk soon,

Tracy W. (June 15th, 2013)
Event Planner, Nemours hospital gala, Wilmington DE

Big Ray & The Kool Kats
Big Ray & The Kool Kats