Louisiana Music Factory
Louisiana Music Factory is an independent record and cd store located in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. Its specialty is local music, and is well-known among music aficionados around the world. Its rich inventory of New Orleans and Louisiana music include CDs and vinyl of traditional jazz, blues, rhythm and blues, zydeco and Cajun music, many of which are on local independent labels hard to find outside the Louisiana region.
The store also holds weekly in-store performances throughout the year, and many local artists play there especially during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival period.
The store was opened in February 1992 by founders Jerry Brock and Barry Smith on North Peters Street in the French Quarter. Brock had been known as one of the founders of the local community radio station WWOZ, and a producer who first recorded the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
In 1996, the store moved to a location on Decatur Street within the French Quarter. The Decatur Street store was two-storied, devoting the second floor to vintage vinyl. In 2001, Brock left the store to pursue other opportunities, and Smith became the sole owner.
In March 2014, the store moved to its current location at 421 Frenchmen Street in the French Quarter, downriver from the Decatur Street location. Within the store is a booth housing the WWOZ Swamp Shop, a retail outlet for WWOZ-related merchandise.