Blues is a genre and musical form that originated in African-American communities in the “Deep South” of the United States around the end of the 19th century. While there’s no reason for you to be singing the blues at a wedding celebration, blues is a distinctive and pleasing musical genre. It’s also the foundation for many modern musical styles including rock n’ roll and jazz. Our DJ Marti Gras (Martin Valcin) recently performed at a wedding where the couple requested a generous portion of deep blues music. Marti Gras brushed up on the genre and compiled over 400 tracks. In this playlist, he shares some of his favorites. Representative artists include Howlin’ Wolf, Ray Charles and John Lee Hooker.
For a signature cocktail, we’ve selected the “Blonde Manhattan” – a cocktail that incorporates moonshine (corn whiskey), sweet vermouth, Cointreau, orange bitters and a lemon peel. View the recipe by clicking here.
Below Martin’s playlist, we invite you to listen to his one hour continuous blues mix on Soundcloud using the embedded music player.
The Blues Wedding Cocktail Hour Playlist – Compiled by DJ Marti Gras
Everyday I Have The Blues (Live)- B.B. King
Boom Boom- John Lee Hooker
Got My Mo-Jo Working- Ann Cole
Rollin’ and Tumblin’- Canned Heat
All Your Love- Otis Rush
Southbound- The Allman Brothers
Help Me (Live)- Junior Wells
Cruisin’ For A Love- The J. Geils Band
Crosscut Saw- Albert King
Hideaway- Freddie King
Shake For Me- John Hammond, Jr.
Killing Floor- Johnny Winter w/ Paul Nelson
Stormy Monday Blues- T-Bone Walker
I Got A Woman- Ray Charles
See See Rider- The Animals
Shake, Rattle, and Roll- Joe Turner
Hound Dog- Willie Mae “Big Mama’ Thornton
Smokestack Lightnin’- Howlin’ Wolf
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