If you truly love music – good music, real music – then you have to love New Orleans.

This week marks exactly 5 years since Hurricane Katrina and the breach of the New Orleans Industrial Canal levee just short of leveled quite possibly America’s most valuable cultural gem. While we begin to welcome home combat troops from the Middle East from a now decade-old war and countless 9/11 commemorations spring up in mass media, we cannot help but be inspired by the sheer magic that seems to have bled out of the Crescent City’s very soul and taken over its streets, literally, to not only revive the living, breathing marvel that is The Big Easy into the stable and resilient place it is today, but to now be the model for New America on many levels, despite being slammed with the BP oil spill this year. To us, we just always thanked New Orleans for its invaluable musical contributions (and of course its anything-goes scene), but now, well now, NoLa is just plain making us all step up our people game! If New Orleanians can accomplish what they have in 5 years, and still be kicking out the baddest music on the continent while doing so, what’s your excuse?

Here are 25 ways you can enjoy, $upport, and learn about New Orleans this week:

Participate in the 5th Annual Katrina Commemoration March & Second-Line Parade

Visit Levees.org to learn some valuable information or attend their 5-Year Progress Update

Attend the 9th Annual Ponderosa Stomp

Catch p.II of Spike Lee‘s HBO documentary series on New Orleans, “If God Is Willing And Da Creek Don’t Rise”

Find a screening of Harry Shearer‘s documentary, “The Big Uneasy”

Score a copy of the Fats Domino story, “”Blue Monday” and learn how Rock n Roll was made

Grace your coffee table with Lee Barkley & Christopher Porche West‘s “”NEW ORLEANS: What Can’t Be Lost” collection

Grab a copy of Jordan Flaherty‘s “FLOODLINES: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena 6”

Get Season 1 of the hit HBO series, “Treme” on DVD

Donate to Brad Pitt’s Make It Right 9 Foundation

Donate to the Gris Gris Lab

Donate to CultualEconomy.org

Donate to The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation

Donate to the Tipitina’s Music Foundation + Instruments-A-Comin’

Cop yourself some dope Dirty Coast merchandise from Humid Beings

Help Defend NoLa

Purchase “It Ain’t My Fault” x Preservation Hall All-Stars ft. Lenny Kravitz, Mos Def & Trombone Shorty (proceeds benefit GulfAid.org)

King Britt pays tribute to Bobby “Blue” Bland’s “St. James Infirmary” with the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Get Trombone Shorty‘s Verve Records debut album “Backatown”

Get Truth Universal‘s latest project, “Guerrilla Business”

Pick up the Fall 2010 issue of Next American City Magazine all about New Orleans & Detroit


Say Happy Birthday to DJ Soul Sister

Peek into Traffic Boutique

Get some Kermit Ruffins, Rebirth Brass Band, Soul Rebels Brass Band or Hot 8 Brass Band in your life!

Harass Mos Def at his new house in NoLa at… (just kidding! we wouldn’t do that)

— Complied by Jocelyne Ninneman for Fusicology.com

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