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
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 Tipitina’s Music Foundation + Instruments-A-Comin’
Help Defend NoLa
Get Truth Universal‘s latest project, “Guerrilla Business”
Pick up the Fall 2010 issue of Next American City Magazine all about New Orleans & Detroit
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)