Big Ric Rising: One of the Best Wedding Bands in Philadelphia

On this page, you can enjoy testimonials and reviews from Big Ric Rising events.

Big Ric Rising Reviews

The Phoenixville Foundry: Caitlin & Christian – Sept. 8, 2012


I would have emailed you sooner, but Caitlin and I left the Monday after our wedding for South Africa, and literally walked in the door just a few hours ago. When we woke up on Sunday morning, (amongst) the first things I wanted to do was call you and tell you what a great time we had at the reception. As you know, we were concerned that our caterers were cutting into our dance time, but once the music started all of our guests had a blast. I don’t know that I’ll ever forget seeing Caitlin’s step-dad go Swayze in Dirty Dancing out of nowhere, nor will I ever forget Caitlin singing in front of a room of people.

It was an incredible day, and you and your band exceeded our very high expectations. I hope we have cause to throw another blowout in the future so we can book you again.


Christian & Caitlin

White Marsh Valley Country Club: Dougherty-Varadi Wedding, July 7, 2012

Big Ric Rising performed at our daughter’s wedding, Mercedes Dougherty, on 7/7/12.   I don’t know that I can put into words how wonderful Big Ric was, how awesome the music sounded and how everything about them was truly professional and something to be very, very proud of.   We are so thankful Mercedes booked them after seeing them perform at a show case.  We appreciate their talent and professionalism.  We wanted to make sure you knew how happy we were with them.  People are still talking about them and will for some time.  

Thank you!

Eileen Dougherty

Crystal Tea Room – June 23, 2012

Big Ric Rising,

Wow! You exceeded our expectations. Your professionalism, talent & personality contributed for a perfect day! Thank you for adding to the wonderful memories that we have.

Lynne Novelli

The Arts Ballroom: Stack-Shenkman, April 21, 2012


While I had not "interviewed" you or witnessed your musical talents in person at any Showcases last year, I knew that our new son (in-law's) taste in music was exquisite and that any band he chose for his wedding HAD to be the BEST... when Gail and Spence (Glen's parents) enthusiastically seconded Glen's endorsement of Big Ric Rising, the deal was done... and blessed!

THEN, when you and I spoke on the phone the first time this past February, I got to know Ric, the human being and dog-lover, as you mesmerized me with your sweet saga of "Baby" ; we connected initially through our mutual love of dogs, and THEN we talked music!

Thank you for so many things! For your kindness in helping to plan Jordan's "secret/surprise" toast. Your willingness to share your keyboard and let Jordan rehearse during the cocktail hour was wonderful. For your amazing voice, your stellar leadership and party mover-and-shaker talents and for just Making the Par-tee happen!!!!

We will be singing ( and you saw how much the Stacks love to sing!) your praises and referring you over and over. If we are blessed with more weddings in our family, you will be our first choice: we want Big Ric in the HOUSE!!!!!!

With thanks and big big hugs,

Shari and Jay Stack

Loews Philadelphia Hotel: Frankel-Coslov, November 5, 2011

November 5, 2011

Wow!  What a fantastic wedding!  Thank you so much for being a part of our special day - You did an amazing job!  All we kept hearing the next day was how much our friends "loved Big Ric" and that "the band was fantastic!"  Please feel free to use us as a reference for brides and groom that are interested in having your band at their wedding.  We really loved every minute of the reception and couldn't have asked for a better night.  Thank You!

Marissa and Noah Coslov

Rockwood Carriage House: Hally-Hancher, April 30, 2011

April 30, 2011

Big Ric,


Colleen and I want to sincerely thank you for the amazing performance you and the rest of Big Ric Rising gave at our wedding reception. Not only did you guys sound awesome, but you all provided the perfect atmosphere for the night and the venue. I can't be happier with having made the decision to have you perform, and you and the band's talents made a night that we'll remember forever.

You told me before the wedding to relax and that the band would "bring it." Well, you guys "brought it!", and made two people incredibly happy.

Thank you so much!!!


Joe and Colleen Hancher

Bride and Groom

Charity Gala – Claire, Chairman of the Board

Dear Ric,

You put the sparkle into the evening and really got our guests' feet moving.  Your talent is a given, and in addition your personality and enthusiasm is a bonus for us.  What a pleasure it is to work with you. 

Claire, Chairman of the Board

Wedding – Brian and Carrie

Big Ric -

We wanted to say THANK YOU for a great wedding!  We had an unbelievable time at our wedding, and a very big part of that was because of you and your band.  People are still calling us to tell us what a great time they had and they first thing they tell us is how fantastic the band was. 

We really appreciate you putting on a great show, making us sing, and getting everyone involved.  You truly have a special gift as a performer. 

Take care,

Brian and Carrie

Wedding – Heather and David

Big Ric,

Thank you so much for the best time of our lives!!  You really helped make our wedding perfect! EVERYBODY commented on you and the band.....they thought you were incredible!  Thanks for everything!


Heather and David

Bride and Groom

Dinner Dance – Philadelphia Country Club

I just wanted to let you know how terrific Big Ric was at our Dinner Dance.  I have chaired the events committee for 6 years and have dealt with many types of performers.  He was professional on all levels. 

Rick could read the guests feedback and make a change in music if necessary.  This resulted in keeping the dance floor full and the guests happy.  The band was very talented and enjoyed by all.


Beth Ann Murdoch

Events Committee Chairperson/House Committee

Philadelphia Country Club