The New Jersey Homegrown Wedding Cocktail Hour

April 20, 2016 by Gregg Hollmann

boat_beer_carton_brewingNew Jersey, “the Garden State”, is where our company calls home. Many famous musical artists hail from New Jersey. The playlist that follows highlights these musicians. The early part of the set features the Jersey Shore sound with popular names like Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny, John Eddie and Bon Jovi. Tracks marked with three asterisks (***) capture the sound of the Jersey Shore, but are not performed by New Jersey-based musicians.

The second half of the set focuses on the R&B musicians who hail from the northern part of the State, particularly the Newark area. Ambient DJ continues its tradition of selecting a signature drink for each wedding cocktail hour playlist. We’ve selected “Boat Beer” a session IPA produced by Carton Brewing Company of Atlantic Highlands NJ. For more information about this microbrewery and its delicious beers, click here.

The New Jersey Homegrown Wedding Cocktail Hour Playlist – Compiled by DJ Gregg Ambient

Havin’ a Party – Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
Under the Boardwalk – The Drifters (***)
Wildwood Days – Bobby Rydell (***)
Sea Cruise – Johnny Rivers (***)
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
If I Should Fall Behind – Bruce Springsteen
Living Doll – John Eddie
Strangers in the Night – Frank Sinatra
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out – Bruce Springsteen
Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) – The Looking Glass
Respect Yourself – Bruce Willis
Good Lovin’ – The Rascals
The ’59 Sound – The Gaslight Anthem
Run-Around – Blues Traveler
Because the Night – The Patti Smith Group
Wanted Dead or Alive – Bon Jovi
Do It Again – Steely Dan (note: co-founder and lead singer Donald Fagen grew up in South Brunswick NJ)
Dream Weaver – Gary Wright
December, 1963 (Oh What A Night) – Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
Jersey Girl – Bruce Springsteen
Killing Me Softly – The Fugees
I Put a Spell on You – Queen Latifah
Set Adrift On Memory Bliss – P.M. Dawn
Love Will Save the Day (Jellybean Benitez Remix) – Whitney Houston
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.
Boardwalk Empire / Great Gatsby Wedding Cocktail Hour, Rum Punch for a Crowd (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Classic R&B Wedding Cocktail Hour, Ciroc Blue Ocean (DJ Iron Mike). Click here.
James Bond Wedding Cocktail Hour, Vesper Martini (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Valentines Wedding Cocktail Hour, Godiva Chocolate Martini (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
Miami Vice Wedding Cocktail Hour, Cuba Libre (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The “Super Happy Hour” Wedding Cocktail Hour, The Bob Marley (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The Brazilian Wedding Cocktail Hour, Caipirinha (DJ 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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Gregg Hollmann Gregg Hollmann (56 Posts)

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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