Alternative Rock Wedding Cocktail Hour Playlist

October 13, 2015 by Gregg Hollmann

righteous_beer_sixpointFirst up, it’s our DJ Gregg Ambient with an Alternative Rock Cocktail Hour inspired by recent wedding DJ experiences in Brooklyn and Philadelphia. His selected liquid libation is a craft beer from  Sixpoint brewed in the gritty Red Hook neighborhood in Brooklyn (also home to Knicks star Carmelo Anthony!)

Gregg’s programming approach to wedding cocktail hours is to start on a mellow note as guests walk into an empty space and get situated. As the hour progresses and drinks start to kick in, the music selections shift from atmospheric to more upbeat. The tail end of a DJ Gregg Ambient cocktail hour often incorporates a dance track or two, setting the stage for the festive wedding reception party to follow.

Alternative Rock Wedding Cocktail Hour Playlist

  1. Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop – Landon Pigg
  2. Such Great Heights – Iron & Wine
  3. Far, Far Away – Wilco
  4. We’re Going to Be Friends – The White Stripes
  5. Fade Into You – Mazzy Star
  6. Life on Earth – Band of Horses (from the movie Twilight)
  7. Do You Realize? – The Flaming Lips
  8. I Will Follow You Into the Dark – Death Cab for Cutie
  9. Thank You Too – My Morning Jacket
  10. First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes
  11. The Way I Am – Ingrid Michaelson
  12. Baby I’m Yours – Arctic Eyes
  13. Us – Regina Spektor
  14. Funny Little Frog – Belle & Sebastian
  15. Lovesong – The Cure (311’s cover version also works well)
  16. White Sky – Vampire Weekend
  17. Bittersweet Symphony versus Wonderwall (Mashup) – The Verve vs. Oasis
  18. Daylight – Matt & Kim
  19. Send Me on My Way – Rusted Root
  20. Young Blood – The Naked and the Famous
  21. Walking on a Dream – Empire of the Sun

Check back each day this week to take in a new cocktail hour playlist and specialty drink! Up tomorrow, DJ Aqueous, aka DJ AQ, with a very special playlist for our blog readers. Later this week, DJ Gregg Ambient returns with his “Retro Soul” playlist and accompanying signature cocktail!

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Ambient DJs’ Founder and President, Gregg Hollmann, is a leader in the wedding and events industry. With formal musical training on several instruments, Gregg is known for his creative mixing and chameleon-like ability to play in different musical styles. His musical knowledge allows him to excel in environments ranging from elegant wedding receptions to convivial dance parties. A graduate of the College of New Jersey, he holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration. He enjoys working with clients and personalizing events to their tastes. An industry leader, Gregg has served as President of the East Coast’s premier professional disc jockey organization, the New Jersey Disc Jockey Network for the past three years. He is the author of The Bride’s Guide to Selecting the Perfect Wedding DJ available on

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