New Orleans is a truly original American city. The US has no other place with such a distinct character, an interesting history, a vibrancy and decadence that make for a very alluring place to be.
I've spent some wildly drunken time in New Orleans, some contemplative time along the river, some boisterious time in the clubs, some daydream time among the old mansions... It will be a long time before the city completely gets its mojo back, but it will. Those folks love life, and love their home town.
Here's a pretty comprehensive list of ways to donate.
Kristin Hersh and her band 50 Foot Wave are donating all of their sales through CD Baby to the cause as well, so if you were curious about them, now would be a good time to check it out.
And if you're shopping at Amoeba anytime soon, any of the three stores, make a donation to the Red Cross and Amoeba will match it dollar for dollar. So double your love.