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Big Ric Rising Reviews

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.



Private Residence: Fallis Wedding- June 1, 2013

Our wedding and guests cannot stop talking about how awesome you were at our wedding on June 1st. We had the absolute best day/night ever, and owe you a huge thanks to all of you for your talent and professionalism. You even got Andrew to sing in public and that NEVER happens/ Thank you so, so, much for everything. You are the most fun band and we’ll never forget you.

Koplan Wedding- May 18, 2013

Big Ric Rising isn't just A band...they are THE band.

My daughter's wedding was made a truly special occasion because of the talent and professionalism of this crack ten-piece unit. Every single player was top notch - from the shredding guitarist to the killer rhythm section, to the fabulous horns and the world class lady singers. They didn't just play music; they gave a real PERFORMANCE worthy of a concert hall. And unlike many wedding bands, their sound mix was perfect. They were powerful but never too loud.

And then there is Big Ric Minter himself.

Ric is not only a singer without peer (don't miss his version of James Brown's "This Is A Man's World"...you'll never forget it.), but a true gentleman who does everything he can to please both his client and his audience. And in performance? WOW! He had everyone up and dancing all night, even those who normally wouldn't leave their seats. In addition, he has a wonderful sense of humor and soul to burn.

I would recommend this wonderful ensemble to anyone who knows the difference between just good music and really GREAT music by a band and leader who really care about showing their client and their guests a great time. Big Ric Rising gets the party started and never lets it stop. HIRE THIS BAND!

-Gerald Kolpan

Northampton Valley Country Club: Albert-Rapp, March 2, 2013

Dear Kurt,
We want to tell you how wonderful "Big Ric and the gang" were at our daughter's wedding on 3.12.13.We knew they would be fantastic, but their performance surpassed our expectations and made Nicole and Jonathan’s wedding reception unforgettable. They are all so extremely talented and we had an unbelievable number of comments about how fabulous they were. Of course, the fact that the dance floor was filled with guests of all ages the entire night, many until the very last song, tells the whole story! One of our guests told a friend who is getting married how tremendous our band was and she will be attending a future showcase.
Ric made himself available whenever we had questions or concerns. His ideas and suggestions for my husband’s and my special dance and our speeches made working with him stress free and “just a breeze.” It was my dad’s 89th birthday and his dream was to dance with Nicole, his first grandchild. Since his favorite song is “Unchained Melody” Ric performed it beautifully and made my dad’s dream come true. When Ric told us not to worry because he would be taking care of everything, he meant what he said. Thanks to all of you for helping to make Nicole & Jonathan’s wedding so special and so much fun. It was all we had envisioned, and more. We wish we could do that evening all over again!
Thank you so much.
Evie & Jeff Albert (Nicole’s parents)

Overbrook Golf Club: Fitzpatrick-Lange Wedding, Sept. 15, 2012

I just want to send an email telling you what an amazing job Big Ric did at Overbrook Golf Club last Saturday night for the Fitzpatrick/Lange wedding. Big Ric and his band were phenomenal. They brought the party and kept that party rocking all night! Their song selection was right on and their ability to segue from song to song was very impressive. Ric’s band mates were having a blast. They were upbeat and rocking as hard as he was, even when they had to deal with those one or two guests who feel the need to join the band.

The sound man is great. He was knowledgeable, polite, and did a great job loading in and out. It’s nice to not have to worry about those little things because you know it’s being handled professionally.

Ric is a pleasure to work with! He is professional, on point, and has the guest's best interests in mind. It is great to see. I look forward to the next time I have an opportunity to work with Ric. What an awesome party! All the best to you and your team! Thanks, guys!

Best Regards,

Jimmy Bartorillo

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

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