Alligator Chomp Chomp!
Swamp Pop, Zydeco, Dancehall Cajun, Cajun Contemporary, Crescent City Soul, Hillbilly, Rockabilly, Lee La, Low-Country Swing, Bayou Boogaloo, Swamp Stomp, Creole Caterwaul—they can all be heard at Alligator Chomp Chomp!, a biweekly dance party held in the upstairs lounge at Mimi’s in the Marigny. The room is lit by red Christmas lights, the kitchen serves excellent tapas dishes until 4 am, and there are sofas with giant cushions for resting.
DJs Matty, Pasta, and Mitch spin vinyl exclusively. The night begins slowly, with country ballads sung by crooners with lilting Cajun accents. After midnight the music gets louder, faster, and more soulful. Two-step yields to waltz, which yields to jitterbug, which ultimately gives way to a chaotic wriggling stompfest. Highlights of a recent Chomp Chomp! included Earl King’s “Those Lonely, Lonely Nights”; “Crawfish” and “Trouble” from Elvis Presley’s King Creole soundtrack; Hank Mizell’s “Jungle Rock”; and Jimmy Liggins’ “I Ain’t Drunk.”
Alligator Chomp Chomp! is held at Mimi’s in the Marigny every other Friday, beginning at 10pm. For more information, visit the Chomp Chomp! Facebook page
2601 Royal Street,
New Orleans, LA