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Big Ric Rising Reviews

Oyster Point Hotel: Katie and Eric Horrocks – September 23, 2016

Dear Ric and band,
When my daughter, Katie, got engaged in April, 2015, and wedding plans were forming, I did not know how we would find a band. She did some online research and showed me some videos of the entertainment options that BVTLive! offers. We set a date to go out to one of your showcases at the Ardmore Music Hall and our dilemma was solved. We booked you shortly thereafter.
I cannot tell you how much we, and the guests at her wedding, enjoyed the performance of Big Ric Rising. We have receieved multiple compliments on the music and attending a wedding two weeks later with a DJ, I heard many times how the band at Katie’s wedding just couldn’t be beat.
He “got” my husband and the crowd immediately, and the dance floor was jumping the entire night. There were many times when the dance floor was so full that people were dancing in between tables! They were absolutely amazing! Again, many thanks.

Very yours truly, Susan Huben

Artesano Iron Works: Jessica and Brian Freiland – September 17, 2016

BVTLive! was great to work with, and Big Ric Rising was an absolutely amazing band. If you want your guests to be up and dancing and laughing, book Big Ric Rising. We can't even remember the songs they played, but we keep getting compliments on how great the band was.

Ballroom at Ellis Preserve: Ashley and Chris Cush – September 10, 2016

Big Ric and the Rising were phenomenal at our wedding. They had everyone dancing the whole time and were so entertaining!

Ballroom at Ellis Preserve: Christine and Long Ding – August 20, 2016

My husband and I had Big Ric Rising at our wedding on August 20 at the Ballroom at Ellis Preserve. They were absolutely amazing and exceeded any and all expectations. Our guests are still talking about them. They all refer to the group as the 'best band ever.' At multiple points of the night, every single guest was on the dance floor - all because of Ric and his gang. Ric was incredibly accommodating and easy to work with all my requests. I keep trying to think of reasons to have a party and ask BigRic to perform!

Our wedding guest have NOT stopped talking about 'THE BEST BAND EVER' = Big Ric Rising. They were absolutely amazing in every way. We live out of state and weren't able to see (or even meet) Ric and his crew prior to our wedding day. Literally, met Ric in the bridal suite right before our entrance. I wanted a dance party... and Ric did just that. We had a dance set right after our entrance and every single guest (even my 90 year old great great great Aunt Betty) was on the dance floor. At different points through out the night, my husband and I were on stage, my mother was on stage, groomsmen... it was a party. My father had a friend (who's daughter was getting married two weeks after us) confide in him that he was now nervous for his daughter's wedding because he didn't even know who his daughter's band was...and WISHED Big Ric was their band. My husband loves Whitney Houston... a tough lady to mimic. They did "I will always love you," like I've never could have imagined. I can't say thank you enough to Ric and his crew. If I ever get married again (HA!), I will be calling Ric again!

- Christine

Hotel Monaco: Aviva and Nate Snyder – August 13, 2016

WOW WOW WOW is all I can say! My husband and I hired Big Ric Rising from BVTLive! for our wedding this past August. Big Ric Rising was nothing short of incredible. He was so unbelievable that I still have friends who attended my wedding asking me for his contact information all of these months later. Big Ric is a TRUE professional and is honestly one of the most gifted vocalists I have ever heard. In fact, he played my Bat Mitzvah in 2002 and my wedding in 2016--now who can say that! Big Ric Rising is an incredible ensemble of 10 musicians and if you are looking to throw an epic party than they are definitely the band for you. Big Ric made the night so special and it truly the best night of my life. If you want a PARTY that your guests will talk about for years to come then Big Ric Rising from BVTLive! is your man.

- Avi

Merion Golf Club: Michelle and James (Jamie) Lynn – June 18, 2016

Dear Ric and band,
Jamie and I cannot thank you enough for rocking the house during our wedding reception. You made our wedding beyond memorable, and it was such a pleasure working with you. Your song selection, instrumentals, and vocals were outstanding. Our guests are still raving about you and your band. Thank you again for everything, and making our wedding day awesome!

Sincerely, Michelle and Jamie Lynn

The Water Works: Erika and Mike Bertoia – June 4, 2016

Nearly every person who attended our wedding has praised that it was the most dancing and most entertaining band they had ever witnessed. The dance floor was packed the entire night - ranging from feel good 70s classics to current hits. Surprisingly my fiancé and I were very involved with the entertainment, being called up several times to participate, talk, dance, etc - the silly wedding shenanigans we thought we did not want, but are thrilled we did and thoroughly enjoyed. Ric is the best I've seen in attending over 20 weddings!

- Michael

Audubon Center: Christine and Daniel Hershberg – May 14, 2016

The band we used, Big Ric Rising, was truly incredible. In addition to being amazing talented, they set the tone for our wedding night and they delivered throughout the evening. Can't ask for anything more. The BVTLive! company as a whole was incredibly easy to deal with us and made us feel special from the Showcase on.

Underground Arts: Stockertown Beverage Company Event – May 5, 2016

Big Ric Rising thoroughly rocked our event; they are an irresistible, funky force of Nature! The band was high energy, super tight, and engaging. Ric Minter is a consummate showman, he had everyone involved and grooving throughout the night. We had guests from all across the US ( as well as from the UK, France, Belgium, Norway, Denmark, Canada, and Japan) and all of them remarked: "This Band is fantastic!" Everyone at BVTLive! has been a pleasure to work with; thank you for helping make our event so memorable.


Chuck Greenstreet - Stockertown Beverage

Temple Beth Sholom: Robin and Greg Solomon Wedding – December, 12, 2015

Wow! My husband and I were indecisive of whether to hire a band or a DJ but after we saw Big Ric online we just knew we had to have him. Not only is he and his band incredibly talented but he is also wonderful to work with. He listens to what you are looking for and makes the entire night fun. In fact several of our guests were asking for his card at the end of the night. People are still telling us this was the best wedding they've ever been to and a large part of it is Big Ric. Big Ric Rising thank you again for such a wonderful night. We highly recommend Big Ric Rising - you won't be disappointed!

- Robin

Rivercrest: Fugelo-Prolow Wedding – October 10, 2015

"Big Ric Rising played a huge role in the success of my Wedding Reception. Big Ric handled all of our requests and guided us through the entire process. I couldn't of asked for a more entertaining, more engaging, or more professional experience. All through the reception and afterwards all people could talk about was how great our band was. Big Ric Rising took our reception to a new level and I am so happy that we picked Big Ric Rising. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a band for their event."

- Andrew (Groom)

Cescaphe Ballroom: McCarter-Tarsi Wedding – May 29, 2015

"Big Ric Rising is the BEST band out there! My husband and I were beyond pleased with their performance at our wedding!! All of our guests raved about them! Big Ric was such a pleasure to work with and he learned new songs just for us!"

- Jamie (Bride)

Rivercrest: Wiedersum-Gennaro Wedding – August 1, 2015

"Big Ric Rising was absolutely amazing at our wedding! People are still raving about what a great band we had! Our dance floor was packed all night long! Thank you, BVTLive!, for making the whole planning process with you easy and seamless!"

- Kristen and Bill (Bride and Groom)

The Ballroom at the Ben: Gaval-Fitzpatrick Wedding – May 2, 2015

"Fantastic band, Big Ric Rising, for the Gaval's wedding! My son, Dan, the Groom, had a beautiful and absolutely fun wedding reception at this venue and the band could not have been more entertaining and exceptionally great singers! You should get some of the videos and pictures. The whole evening was a fairy tale!!"

-Maureen Fitzpatrick

Allied Resources: Company Holiday Party – December 6, 2014

Hi Big Ric!

I just wanted to send you a big “Thank you” from both myself as well as the rest of our guests on Saturday for the show put on by Big Ric Rising. The variety of tunes you played was perfect and I absolutely loved your Louie Armstrong. Your energy was very catching and I can really tell that you love performing! The dance floor was packed the entire time and you were able read our group perfectly. You really pulled some people out of their shells who I did not expect to step foot on the dance floor! I will definitely be recommending Big Ric Rising to anyone and everyone!

Thank you for making our party a truly memorable one!

Angela Pierce

The Westin Philadelphia: Sector-Solomon Wedding – September 6, 2014 – Father of the Bride

Big Ric was great. My daughter's wedding was a great event and a terrific party. Big Ric’s talent, energy and personality were key components in the fun that everyone had. We are very happy that we chose Big Ric and his band to play at our wedding.

The Westin Philadelphia: Sector-Solomon Wedding – September 6, 2014 – Bride

Big Ric Rising was ABSOLUTELY phenomenal! Not only does Ric and his crew have great musical talent but Ric's energy was contagious. From the moment the doors opened to the party the floor was packed until the moment the last note was played. Ric made us feel comfortable from the first conversation and we knew we were in GREAT hands. If you want to have a top notch wedding look no further!

- Rachel

Drexelbrook: Kline-Horton Wedding – September 19, 2014

Big Ric made our wedding! He is amazing and I would book him again in a heartbeat!

- Carrie

Congregation Beth El: Landman-Turoff Wedding – July 13, 2014

Dear Ric,

We don't know where to begin to thank you and your band for the incredible job you did this Sunday at our wedding! We loved every second, and thought your "Karate" opener was exquisite. Dave, myself and our parents have been getting non-stop calls and emails about how incredible you and your band were!

Dave's Uncle who is a musician came up to us at the wedding to rave about our great band pic, and another guest said he was texting with his sister-in-law and told her they have to hire your for her son's Bar Mitzvah band!!!! Everything was so perfect from the opener, to the Hora, the crowning, the incredible selection of music, the energy, and including our family in everything (i.e. allowing my brothers and my cousin's daughter to sing...we loved that)!!!!

 Thank you so much! Sincerely, Sara and Dave Turoff

White Manor Country Club: Hain-Narvalz Wedding – June 28, 2014

Now that we're back from our honeymoon, I just wanted to send a HUGE thank you to Big Ric Rising! We hired this band for our wedding and I couldn't have found a better band! Everyone at the wedding could not stop talking about how great Big Ric was, super charismatic, energetic, funny and professional.

They literally made our wedding the best party ever! The dance floor was packed all night. If you're looking for a band for your wedding or event - don't hesitate - these guys are the best! Thank you so much!!!!

Knowlton Mansion: Rifkin-Wojcik Wedding – May 25, 2014 – Bride

They don't come any better then Big Ric!! He is a gentleman, professional and the best bandleader & singer around!! Everyone at the wedding commented on the GREAT BAND!!!

I am so pleased with him!!! I'd hire him again in a heartbeat!!!


Knowlton Mansion: Rifkin-Wojcik Wedding – May 25, 2014 – Mother of The Bride

Big Ric is beyond words. His professionalism, leadership abilities, personality, zest for life and most importantly, his gorgeous singing voice, made my daughter's wedding a "Dream come true"!! I can't say it enough how 100% pleased we are.

I just loved his ideas about how to include all the traditions' we incorporated in our wedding. He had everyone dancing from beginning to end. He is just a TRUE ENTERTAINER!!!!!

Everyone of my guests have called to ask me, where I found him... He is the best of the best!!!!

We all LOVE BIG RIC!!!!!!


The Rittenhouse Hotel: Cohen-Dressler Wedding – April 12, 2014

Big Ric was amazing in so many ways. He was a pleasure to work with prior to the wedding. He listened to us during our meeting and also guided us as we talked about ideas for the music. He was professional, friendly, warm and knowledgeable.

At the wedding, it was clear that he has a talent for reading the crowd and keeping the party going. As he asked guests to sit for the first course, they wouldn't let him stop because they didn't want to leave the dance floor. At the end of the evening, there were about 60 guests still on the dance floor.

It was perfect!

Overbrook Golf Club: Wedding of Lauren and Chris Moore – October 5, 2013

We cannot begin to thank you enough for your great performance at our wedding!

Two months later and people are still raving about "our band" and the amazing dance party! Jimmy at Overbrook has dubbed our wedding the "vertical wedding" because no one stopped dancing, except when you sung us to our "seats because it was time to eat"!!

BVTLive! was great at keeping us on a timely track leading up to our wedding! Everything went smoothly. The band was professional, fun, energetic, and quite simply what you look for in a great band! We would highly recommend Big Ric Rising to anyone who is looking to have an amazing band that is easy to work with and never takes a break.

Thank you for everything!

Chris and Lauren

The Waterworks: 60th Birthday Party, August 10, 2013

We used Big Ric’s Band, which we contracted through BVT, for Mac’s 60th Birthday Celebration. I needed to take the time to inform you have WONDERFUL the Big Ric Band was for the event. I was highly impressed with their timeliness, performance, helpfulness, cheerfulness you name it, they were the best at it. No less than 30 guests from the party commented on their performance with high honors!!! Thank you for much for recommending the Big Ric Band and I will definitely be using their services for EVERY party we have at FIS Group,Inc.