The Psychedelic Wedding Cocktail Hour

June 29, 2016 by Gregg Hollmann

lennon_psychedeliaPsychedelic music is mind-bending, entrancing and perhaps even hallucinogenic. The following playlist emphasizes the Sixties and Seventies with musical acts like the Beatles, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the Grateful Dead, the Doors and Pink Floyd, but also includes modern artists including Beck and Bon Iver. We eliminated any tracks that were too dense/long for a private party setting.

Ambient DJ continues its tradition of selecting a signature drink for each wedding cocktail hour playlist. Absinthe, aka “the Green Fairy” – a spirit once banned in the United States for its reputed hallucinogenic properties is now legal. Accordingly, we’ve selected an absinthe-based cocktail invented by author Ernest Hemingway called “Death in the Afternoon” which is essentially champagne poured over a jigger of absinthe.

The Psychedelic Wedding Cocktail Hour Playlist – Compiled by DJ Gregg Ambient

White Rabbit – Jefferson Airplane
Pictures of Matchstick Men – Status Quo
House of the Rising Sun – The Animals
Hurdy Gurdy Man – Donovan
Tomorrow Never Knows – The Beatles
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) – The Beatles
Scarborough Fair (Canticle) – Simon & Garfunkel
Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) – Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
Strawberry Fields – The Beatles
In a Gadda Da Vida – Iron Butterfly
Magic Carpet Ride- Steppenwolf
Baba O’Riley- The Who
Paint it Black – The Rolling Stones
Fire – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Fire On the Mountain – The Grateful Dead
Have a Cigar – Pink Floyd
Strange Days – The Doors
It’s a Livin’ Thing – Electric Light Orchestra
No Quarter – Led Zeppelin
Nights in White Satin – The Moody Blues
Fade Into You – Mazzy Star
Holocene – Bon Iver
Guitar Noir – The Aqua Velvets
Be My Noir – The Mermen
Parallelograms – Linda Perhacs
Blackhole – Beck
The End – The Doors

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.
The New Jersey Homegrown Wedding Cocktail Hour, Boat Beer (Microbrew) (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The French Connection Wedding Cocktail Hour, 2010 Canon-la-Gaffeliere (Bordeaux) (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The Disco Love Wedding Cocktail Hour, Sloe Gin Fizz (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The Super Funky Soul Wedding Cocktail Hour, Funky Cold Medina (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The Acid Jazz Wedding Cocktail Hour, Gimlet (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The 70s Soft Rock Wedding Cocktail Hour, Miller High Life (DJ Iron Mike). Click here.
The New York State of Mind Wedding Cocktail Hour, Bronx Martini (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The Disney Wedding Cocktail Hour, Vibrant Orange Juice Frosty (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The Summer Pop Wedding Cocktail Hour, Jameson & Ginger Ale (DJ Spinz). Click here.
The Colorful Wedding Cocktail Hour, Shot of Goldschlager (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
The Inspiring Ladies of Music Wedding Cocktail Hour, Brandy Alexander (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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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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