The Louisiana Music Factory , after 28 years in business, is closing its doors due to the coronavirus pandemic. As a result of the increasing cases of the coronavirus in Louisiana, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell today called for non-essential businesses to close by Monday. Consequently, Barry Smith, the owner of the Louisiana Music Factory, announced that the bricks-and-mortar store, which has been a fixture at Frenchmen Street since , will shut down immediately. Smith noted that he only had two customers all day Friday and that Frenchmen Street was empty. In , the store moved to another location at Decatur Street in the French Quarter and featured two stories, the first of which was devoted to CDs and other merchandise; the second floor was devoted to vintage vinyl. In , Brock left in and Smith became the sole owner. The store suffered little damage from Hurricane Katrina in , and was one of the first record stores to reopen after the storm. In March , the store lost it lease on Decatur and moved to its current location at Frenchmen Street in the French Quarter, downriver from the Decatur Street location. The store will continue to service mail order sales, for the time being. Event Search.
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But the street really achieved a critical mass of popularity post-Katrina, and in the past few years, Frenchmen is tourist central come the evening, especially on weekends. But so what? On Frenchmen Street, certain things are just guaranteed: proximity to good music, good food, interesting culture, and an unbeatable street scene. Claude Avenue. Keep in mind music sets usually pop off around 6 pm, 9 pm, and 11 pm, although there is always room for variation. Of course, the weirdness gets a start right at the beginning of iconic Frenchmen. This may look like a rough punk music bar and it still is, in a lot of ways from the outside, but management attracts a pretty wide range of clientele. This Checkpoint Charlie feels pretty divey, but once inside, the music is almost always wonderful. An added bonus: Checkpoint sells amazing cheeseburgers throughout the evening.
Grooves from funk to blues to Zydeco and more are for sale all over town, with CDs and vinyl recorded locally and not found anywhere else. Visit any of these stores for some samples of the best sounds New Orleans has to offer. We are currently monitoring systems in the Gulf. Read More X. Meeting Planners. Travel Professionals. Press and Media.
AFAR participates in affiliate marketing programs, which means we may earn a commission if you purchase an item featured on our site. Share this place. More info Sun - Sat 10am - 7pm. Louisiana Music Factory Louisiana Music Factory, an essential stop at both the beginning and the end of every trip to New Orleans , is an old-fashioned music store with a heavy emphasis on local acts. Come by early during your visit to sample the work of New Orleans groups at the CD-listening stations, then pick up one of the free publications to see if any your favorites are playing. At the end of your trip, return to grab CDs of resident artists you enjoyed at the clubs.