On 22, Jul 2014 | In Wedding Bands | By CMG
Rick & the Cutting Edge
Rick & the Cutting Edge is a 6-Piece Cleveland wedding band that offers unparalleled music & entertainment for all occasions! Featuring female lead vocals by Angelina Fiorini; tight bass grooves laid down by bassist and vocalist, Bob Miller; the wailing, smooth and sexy sounds produced by sax-man Mike Molchan; toe-tappin’ beats with uncanny, unmatched precision by drummer/ percussionist, Jeff Kennat; and hot rock guitar leads by Dan Portik. Now add the sounds of amazing brass stabs, organ, piano, and strings coming out of Rick Matis’ keyboards and you have the makings of one flawless, groovin,’ exciting band!
Come and hear us…and see for yourself! You will see why literally over one thousand satisfied customers, from newly married couples to corporate executives…from entire cities at homeday celebrations and party planners to local bar owners and their loyal patrons continue to demand Rick & the Cutting Edge when they expect the best for their special celebration extraordinaire!
Rick Matis – Keys, Vocals, Band Leader
Rick Matis, founder and leader of “Rick & the Cutting Edge,” learned at an early age that beautiful music can lift one’s emotions and lift the heart. He noticed one day while practicing for his grandparents how they were moved to tears at hearing some of their all-time favorite tunes. If his music could create this impact, imagine what sound could be produced with a group of exceptionally talented vocalists and musicians!
Angelina Fiorini – Female Lead Vocals
The former dynamic lead singer for RACE and is BACK in 2017! Angelina has been gracing weddings, parties, and Cleveland Indians games with her stellar voice for over five years.
Bob Miller – Bass Guitar, Male Lead Vocals
Bob has been playing bass with Rick and Mike, since 1983. Bob’s musical roots begin with several rock bands, starting in the late ’70s – through the mid ’80’s. Providing strong lead and harmony vocals, from James Brown to James Taylor, Bob enjoys a variety of vocal challenges and has the ability to sound like many of the singers on the original recordings. Bob has also provided bass and backing vocals on recordings for various local artists.
“I think our strength is being able to play a huge variety of musical styles – in a very authentic way. If we play a rock song, we sound like a rock band – if we play a jazz tune, we sound like a jazz band – if we play a polka, we sound like a rock band (just kidding!) We really are a very musically flexible band.”
Sax, Percussion, Vocals, and Rhythm Guitar
The multi-talented Mike Molchan was born and raised on the North Coast and has been with Rick & the Cutting Edge since its inception. He plays tenor, alto and soprano saxes as well as the Yamaha X11 midi wind controller (that’s a synthesizer). Mike is also a wonderful singer, performing lead and back-up vocals throughout the night. His vocals enable Rick & the Cutting Edge to produce amazingly beautiful 4-part harmonies! Major influences include Lenny Pickett (Saturday Night Live Band), Michael Brecker and Gato Barbieri (early 70’s only).
Jeff Kennant – Drums
From Music Director on cruise ships to teaching percussion at a music studio, to performing in several premier local bands – Jeff has done it all! Jeff has played with many local wedding bands including TCB and still does a 3-piece jazz trio in his free time! Jeff brings a huge amount of energy and versatility to the drums (and to the band), which translates into a busy dance floor!
Dan Portik – Guitar and vocals
Our original guitar player is back! With over 30 years of musical experience, Dan brings strong rhythm and lead guitar abilities, as well as strong lead and backing vocals to the band. A “rocker” by nature, he can also adapt to a wide variety of musical styles. Dan also creates and produces much of the background music for the corporate videos his company produces. Dan’s stage energy and drive contribute greatly to the crowded dance floors.
The Pianist and the band, Rick & the Cutting Edge, really made our wedding special. The guests loved the live music and all of the songs. The dance floor was packed the whole night. Rick was very easy to work with and did a great job with announcing the wedding party.Kori & Connor FitzpatrickSep 12, 2015Union Club
Thank you for doing such a great job at our wedding. While a lot of the crowd did not dance, we received several compliments about how much our guests loved the music from their tables. We even received several where did you find such a great band? I will most definitely be recommending you to family, friends and colleagues.Rayna (Horne) EmersonOct 12, 2013Blair Center
The music made the evening perfect from dinner music to dance. Our guest couldn’t say enough wonderful thing about the band. I would definetly use them again.Maria Zavarella (Danielle Zavarella & Maurice Saluan)Aug 3, 2013InterContinental Hotel
The most entertaining band I have seen in a long time. Easy to work with and fulfilled every wish we asked. Two weeks later and everyone is still talking about them. The dance floor was packed for all four hours. Would use them again in a heart beat!!! Thanks so much for making our night very special.Great job! Kym (Hall) & Bryce CusterJun 22, 2013Georgetown Restaurant
The band did a great job on keeping the guests dancing and entertained throughout the evening.Marguerita CarrabineJun 8, 2013
People wouldn’t leave the dance floor!Megan Rini & Jeff BenedictsSep 29, 2012Marriott Key Center
From start to finish, Rick did a great job of running the reception. He kept things moving along and really made sure everyone was having a blast. The band sounded great and made sure to play all of our favorite songs. We have gotten tons of comments from our wedding guests that they loved the band and it was evident from the start, because that dance floor was packed for almost the entire night, with people of every age! Thank you so much to the band for a wonderful night! We couldn’t have imagined it being any better.Michelle Newman & Bryan GuendelsbergerMay 26, 2012Brennan's Party Center in Cleveland
This band has a great mix of songs. Rick and the Cutting Edge got us on the dance floor and kept us there. Several guests said this was the best wedding band they had ever heard.Joan Schaefer (Karen Schaefer & Stephen Mohrman)May 19, 2012Pine Ridge Country Club
Rick and the Cutting Edge was fantastic in every way! They exceeded our high expectations! Rick was fabulous to work with! He met with us beforehand to work out some details and he was accomodating on all requests. I think the best thing about him and the entire band, really, was everyone of them was OVERLY nice and sweet. I felt like the band were friends of ours.Tricia (Belski) & John CardilinoDec 10, 2011Carrie Cerino's
Music is one of the most important parts of a reception and R.A.C.E did an awesome job keeping everyone dancing. We had a great time. This band is great and sounds amazing!! Thank you for making our night perfect!Janine (Abu-Jaoude) NolanOct 1, 2011Cleveland Courthouse
From dinner to dancing Rick and the Cutting Edge provided a fantastic time for our guests. We had so many compliments, from our guests, that they brought so much fun to the evening!Antoinette (Ward) & Jeff GatesJul 16, 2011Cleveland Browns Stadium
This band was fantastic! They kept up a good energy throughout the entire night, and played songs that got couples of every generation dancing. Thank you, Rick and the Cutting Edge for an amazing evening of music and fun. From one musician to another, ROCK ON!Kathryn & Jared SteinmillerMay 28, 2011Springvale Ballroom
Music at a wedding reception can make or break the vibe of the evening. Rick and the Cutting Edge did a fabulous job delivering quality sound and energy throughout the night and the dance floor was always full!Nick & Cristina RennilloAug 14, 2010Shaker Country Club
I would strongly recommend them and use them again when we have another event. Rick also did a great job as mc and worked well with the wedding coordinator moving along with the schedule. Overall an excellent performance, we were very happy!Jeffrey Weil (Zach Weil & Kate Karelina)Aug 7, 2010Hawthorne Valley Country Club
Rick and the Cutting Edge were fantastic and exceeded all of our expectations. They played our requests, as well as other songs and kept the dance floor filled the entire night. Incredible night!Katie Carrabine & Patrick O'ConnorJun 12, 2010Bertram Inn
We have heard multiple comments from nearly everyone attending that one of the biggest highlights for them was the band. Many have said it was by far the best one they’ve ever seen at a wedding. Everyone loved the diverse songs and high energy provided throughout the night. Having looked at your song list and seen the videos online I had very high expectations. You definitely exceeded anything Katie or I could’ve ever dreamed of. The emceeing was great and the songs were awesome.Patrick & Katie O'ConnorJun 12, 2010The Bertram Inn
Rick & the Cutting Edge was the perfect choice for our corporate gala. The band was flexible in their timing and worked around our schedule. In addition, they were able to get our guests on to the dance floor and everyone had a wonderful time!Carla Valyko, Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine Glass Slipper FeteMay 29, 2010Embassy Suites
Thank you for the performance. Greg and I had an amazing time dancing the night away! We both love music, and feel having a great band made our wedding excellent for us and the guests.Andrea & Greg PlichtaMay 15, 2010Cleveland Renaissance Hotel
Rick, All I can say is WOW! You guys were amazing at our wedding! Thank you so much for everything and we will be in touch soon! We’re off on the honeymoon! Please let everyone in the band know that we enjoyed everything you did so much! Take care,Jessica & John MayerAug 29, 2009The Hillbrook Club
Best wedding band ever! We are so glad we hired you for our special day. We couldn’t have asked for anything more. The music & song choices were perfect. We got so many compliments from family and friends about the band we chose for the reception. To anyone thinking about a band for your wedding or special occasion…..stop thinking. Hire Rick & the Cutting Edge. They are fun, flexible and sound great. You won’t find anything better. Thanks again for a great performance & memorable night!Damon & Jenny WillamanAug 8, 2009Hilton Garden Inn
Our whole family is looking forward to Saturday! We have had so many guests from the last weddings rave about Rick and the Cutting Edge. You really helped to make the evening even more fun. Everyone is excited that you will be at Jessi and John’s wedding too. This will be number three. See all of you tomorrow. We can’t wait!Rosemary Zatroch (Mother of Brides)Jul 18, 2009The Hillbrook Club and August 29, 2009 @ The Hillbrook Club
We cannot thank Rick & the Cutting Edge enough for making our wedding unforgettable!!! The dance floor was never empty and guests are still commenting on how fabulous they were! Thank you for making our wedding the BEST night of our lives!!Megan (Pavlik) & James SoukupJul 11, 2009The Galaxy Restaurant
Hello, Thanks so much for playing at our wedding! We had so many compliments about how wonderful your band was. …Again, thank you for everything! Your band was so awesome, it totally made our wedding perfect! Thank you,Amy & Chris GareyJun 27, 2009The Bertram Inn
The band did a great job for our wedding. We got so many compliments from guests about their music variety, energy on stage, and talent. If we got married again, we’d hire them again!Michael and Erika WolfordMay 23, 2009Barrington Golf Club
Rick and the band were absolutely fabulous to work with. They kept the dance floor full and played an extremely difficult venue flawlessly. We heard only positive comments from a very diverse crowd. Rick even thought of many things that we forgot about along the way that helped us out. One of our friends even said, ‘I’m not a dancer, but this is the best wedding band I’ve ever heard.’ Rick and the band had him out on the dance floor all night.John and Katie (Bortolotto) KrebsMay 16, 2009The Old Courthouse
My wife and I had very high expectations for the band and they exceeded them.Our guests throughout the evening wanted to know who they were and how we found them.They all were really impressed by their performance.The band set the mood for our party.They were simply great!Dean Chimples (Janet Chimples & Vasili Kosteas)May 9, 2009Renaissance
Rick and the Cutting Edge was outstanding. They played the music we requested exceptionnaly well and it resulted in the dance floor being full the entire night. I have received rave reviews from my guests on the outstanding band. Thanks for making our wedding even more memorable.Maura (Mansour) DePriscoDec 27, 2008Ritz-Carlton
Just wanted to thank you for a fabulous time at my wedding. We are getting all kinds of huge compliments about you and your band. Everyone loved you! It made the wedding even more special to have everyone up an dancing and having a great time. You and your band do a fantastic job reading the audience and making sure they all had fun. Thanks! Many thanks for everything, it was a pleasure having you as part of my special day!!Jeanette (McGrath) StrainicNov 1, 2008Signature of Solon
Rick and the Cutting Edge exceeded my expectations! They went above and beyond to accommodate my requests and did a fantastic job at executing them. Our dance floor was packed the ENTIRE night!Melanie Slattery & Joe GrussenmeyerOct 11, 2008St. Noel's
Rick and the Cutting Edge were fantastic. Our guests were dancing from the first song to the last. They were great!Sheri Kilarsky & Rick TerensAug 16, 2008LaCentre
Everyone really enjoyed all the music selections – young, old, as us 80’s fans. Our guests say it was the best wedding they have been to.Scott & Jennifer (Stober) LoomisNov 3, 2007Massimo Da Milano
Our guests thought the band was the best reception band they had ever heard. Gusts danced from the beginning until the very end! We were so happy with our choice.Carolyn Schmidlin (Mary Schmidlin & David Peterson)Oct 27, 2007Fairlawn Country Club
Wow! Rick and the Cutting Edge band were fantastic! The dance floor was consistently filled with guests having a great time. Live band music is the way to go for an enjoyable wedding!Georgine Berman (Mark Monroe & Tammy Martz)Oct 20, 2007Myers University Club
Rick and the Cutting Edge did a fabulous job! The night ran smoothly and the dance floor was filled as soon as the first dance was complete…and stayed full until last call. Thank you for making our wedding celebration so fantastic!Mike Wlaszyn & Lindsey GraySep 29, 2007Todaro's Party Center
You made our daughter’s wedding magical. Rick had all the guests dancing up to midnight. Rick is truly a gem to work with.Sharon Skotko (Allison Skotko & Matthew Hanselman)Aug 18, 2007Blue Heron Golf Club
We needed to write to you about the wonderful experience at our daughter and son-in-law’s wedding. This was quite a traditional Slovenian wedding. Your song selection, including the three sets of polkas, certainly got everyone on the dance floor! We most enjoyed the fact that you tailor-made the song selections according to your observation of the crowd.Jim and Mary Anne Burya (Amy Burya & Bill Bambic)Jun 29, 2007Pine Ridge CC
The band was excellent! They sounded great, and all of our guests loved them! We would definitely recommend them to anyone planning a wedding or any other event.Megan Mathews & Brian GreulichJun 2, 2007LaCentre
…instrumental in making Hillary and Craig’s wedding reception run smoothly and made it lots of fun for everyone. I highly recommend this band. They are wonderful.Vicki and Margus Sweigard (Hillary Sweigard/Craig Evers Wedding)May 19, 2007St. Noel's
…terrific. They made the night very memorable. The group blended well together and were very professional. Great job!Linda Melia, Mother of the Bride, EmilyApr 14, 2007Chenoweth Golf Course @ Banquet Facility
Las Vegas style, quality entertainment.James PavlikJul 15, 2006Croatian Lodge
Energetic, fit in with atmosphere, felt like they belonged.Alwyn ReutherJun 3, 2006Myers University Club