The Louisiana Music Factory is one of the most unique record stores in the country. It opened in 1992 and it specializes in local Louisiana artists. They have a massive inventory of cds, vinyl, DVDs and more. What make this record store so unique is that it has a small stage in the back of the room where they provide FREE live entertainment on weekends. Now that Jazz Fest is underway they provide nonstop live entertainment during the days between Jazz Fest weekends and the Monday after the second weekend. The sets generally last 45 minutes.
Tuesday was Trombone Shorty day at the Music Factory, but there were several genre of music represented this afternoon. The topnotch entertainment included Debbie Davis and the Mesmerizers played their brand of New Orleans Jazz. The band consists of Matt Perrine on sousaphone, Alex McMurray on guitar, and Joshua Paxton on keyboards.
Next up were Aurora Nealand & the Royal Roses All are well versed in the vintage, and vintage sounding, jazz. Nealand sings and plays clarinet among the best that New Orleans has to offer.
The music continued with Gal Holiday and The Honky Tonk Review. They presented their version of American twang. They played some of their original tunes and a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice.”
The Iguanas stepped up to perform their Chicano rock, R ‘n B and various Latin styles of music. The group formed in 1989 in New Orleans and they have continued to be a local favorite. The set was energetic as the crowd thickened in anticipation for Trombone Shorty, aka Troy Andrews!
Trombone Shorty’s set started with a representative from OffBeat Magazine presenting Shorty with an OffBeat award, Best of Beat. He was out of town when the actual awards ceremony occurred. The show was a R’nB and funk powerhouse performance. Shorty plays a mean trombone and sings as well. It has been astonishing to watch how Troy has blossomed into a killer entertainer through the years. Catch him at the second round of Jazz Fest if you can. Also, stop by the Louisiana Music Factory for some great entertainment for the remainder of Jazz Fest! For more information on the Louisiana Music Factory, click here. For more information on Trombone Shorty, please click here.