The Super Funky Soul Wedding Cocktail Hour

May 4, 2016 by Gregg Hollmann

funky_cold_medinaWant to get those feet tapping before your wedding reception even begins? Then consider this “Super Funky Soul Cocktail Hour.” I was inspired to compile this playlist after attending a recent DJ association meeting where a crafty turntablist named “DJ Audey B” from Andres Entertainment (AES) was spinning feel good funk tracks by the likes of James Brown and King Floyd. His set definitely put our group in a great mood!

The playlist that follows starts slow and funky before ramping up in tempo, and explores various sub-genres of funk and soul, with even a touch of hip hop later in the set. Representative artists includes James Brown, Sly & the Family Stone, Cameo, Kool & the Gang, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, the Temptations, Prince, Sheila E. and many more.

Ambient DJ continues its tradition of selecting a signature drink for each wedding cocktail hour playlist. Evoking memories of the Tone-Loc anthem, we’ve selected the “Funky Cold Medina” – a sweet and tasty drink that can sneak up on you very quickly! For more information about the Funky Cold Medina, click here.

And now let’s drop that funk!

The Super Funky Soul Wedding Cocktail Hour Playlist – Compiled by DJ Gregg Ambient

I Get Lifted – George McCrae
Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone – The Temptations
You Rock My World – Michael Jackson
Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again) – Sly & The Family Stone
Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag – James Brown
Groove Me – King Floyd
Back in Love Again – L.T.D.
Let’s Go Dancin’ (Ooh, La, La, La) – Kool & the Gang
Boogie Shoes – K.C. and the Sunshine Band
Knock on Wood – Eddie Floyd
Superstition – Stevie Wonder
Soul Finger – The Bar-Kays
Higher (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) – Jackie Wilson
Gimme Some Lovin’ – The Spencer Davis Group
I Can’t Wait – Nu-Shooz
We Got the Funk – Positive Force
Rapture (Grandmaster Flash Mix) – Blondie
Last Night a DJ Saved My Life – Indeep
Before I Let Go – Maze f/ Frankie Beverly
I Found Lovin’ – The Fatback Band
Candy – Cameo
I Wanna Be Your Lover – Prince
Love Bizarre – Sheila E.
I Know You Got Soul – Eric B. and Rakim
Funky Cold Medina – Tone-Loc
Soul Makossa – Manu Dibango
You Dropped a Bomb on Me – The Gap Band
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.
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 www.ambientdj.com.

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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 Amazon.com.


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