Boardwalk Empire / Great Gatsby Wedding Cocktail Hour

March 2, 2016 by Gregg Hollmann

flapper_girlWith HBO’s hit television series “Boardwalk Empire” and Hollywood’s recent release of “The Great Gatsby”, there has been a renewed interest in themed parties that capture the feel of the Jazz Age, Roaring ’20s and Prohibition era of the 1920s and early 1930s. Couples are creating their cocktail hours or even entire wedding receptions around these themes, and in some cases having guests attend in costume!

In compiling the following playlist, we took certain artistic liberties, not limiting ourselves to music recorded in the 1920s and 1930s. It was more important for the mix to capture the opulence, excitement and hard-swinging nature of the era. Our track list also includes selections from a modern genre of music called “Electro-Swing” that matches big band music with driving electronic beats. For an example of electro-swing, check out DJ Nahchey’s “Gatsby Mix” profiled after the track selections.

Ambient DJ continues its tradition of selecting a signature cocktail for each wedding cocktail hour playlist. At the suggestion of Warren Bobrow, “The Cocktail Whisperer” we have selected for this era a big bowl of rum punch! You can check out Warren’s recipe “Rum Punch for a Crowd” in his new book titled “Apothecary Cocktails – Restorative Drinks from Yesterday and Today”.

Boardwalk Empire / Great Gatsby / Roaring Twenties Cocktail Hour Playlist

Young & Beautiful – The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
Let’s Misbehave – Irving Aaronson & His Commanders
Stardust – Michael Buble f/ Naturally 7
You’ve Got to See Mama Ev’ry Night (Or You Can’t See Mama at All) – Liza Minelli f/ Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks
Somebody Loves Me – Margot Bingham f/ Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks
It Had to Be You – Elvis Costello f/ Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks
Baby Won’t You Please Come Home – Leon Redbone f/ Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks
Gladiolus Rag – Scott Joplin (performed by Roy Eaton)
New Orleans Bump (Monrovia) – Jelly Roll Morton
Mack the Knife – Louis Armstrong
Kansas City – Muddy Waters
Caravan – Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra
It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Go That Swing – Tony Bennett
In the Mood – The Glen Miller Orchestra
Woodchopper’s Ball – Woody Herman
Go Daddy-O – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Zoot Suit Riot – Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
Booty Swing – Parov Stelar
DJ Nahchey’s “Gatsby Mix” – a continuous hour-plus electro-swing mix that is free to download! Download it on Soundcloud here, or else stream it from your computer in the video link immediately below.

DJ Nahchey – Great Gatsby Mix by Dash Entertainment on Mixcloud

Recap of Previous Cocktail Hour Playlists

Here are our prior submissions:

Alternative Rock Cocktail Hour, Craft Beer (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The Quintessentially Mixed Cocktail Hour, Long Island Iced Tea (DJ AQ). Click here.
Good Vibes Cocktail Hour, Pina Colada (DJ Iron Mike). Click here.
Head to Shoulder Dip Cocktail Hour, Hairy Navel (DJ Gary G). Click here.
Retro Soul Cocktail Hour, Ciroc Havana Coconut Martini (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Smooth Sail Cocktail Hour, Malibu Bay Breeze (DJ Mike K). Click here.
Back to the Eighties Cocktail Hour, Midori Sour (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Beach Themed Cocktail Hour, Red Stripe Beer (DJ Spinz). Click here.
Classic Wedding Cocktail Hour, Tanqueray & Tonic (DJ Garrett B.). Click here.
International Excursions Wedding Cocktail Hour, Sangria (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Country Wedding Cocktail Hour, Manhattan (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Crooner Wedding Cocktail Hour, Jack Daniels on the Rocks w/Splash of Water (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Chanteuse Wedding Cocktail Hour, White Lady (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
TV Theme Songs Wedding Cocktail Hour, Coca-Cola with a side of Popcorn (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Christmas Wedding Cocktail Hour, Eggnog (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
About Ambient DJ Service

Ambient DJ Service is a full-service mobile NJ DJ entertainment company based in Central New Jersey that specializes in wedding DJ entertainment. Ambient DJ is a 2013 winner of the Knot Best of Weddings award as well as of the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Award. We have a deep passion for the music that we play and enjoy collaborating with our brides and grooms to create unforgettable parties! For more info and to read our wedding reviews, visit us on the web at

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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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