Beth McKee has long been known for bringing artists together and fostering community. But this society of ladies is maybe her most essential building endeavor yet. Orlando Weekly
We did it!
La La Summer Hope 2017 is a wrap and the Swamp Sistas blew past our initial goal of $10,000 and raised $13,050 to help Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida feed kids in our community, this summer. As our friend Greg Higgerson (2nd Harvest VP of Development) asked, “Can we just pause for a moment and celebrate 52,000 meals for our most vulnerable kids this summer?” Amen, brother Greg!!
On another high note, the Swamp Sistas La La at Orlando Fringe Fest last Saturday was a wonderfully diverse celebration of what we can share and learn from each other through music and storytelling. The weather was beautiful, the music sublime, and we raised over $600 towards our La La Summer Hope total, just by passing the hat. Again, a real feel-good vibe!
Stay tuned to see what’s in store this summer in North Carolina!
A diverse community of over 2,600, established in 2010 by Southern singer/songwriter Beth McKee as a means of keeping in touch with women she met on tour. The group grew quickly and McKee soon realized that members (now numbering over 2,600 on Facebook alone) share two passions: a love for original music and a burning desire to help out in the community.
Determined to find a way for the group to have a positive impact while also promoting the music of southern women of all genres, she invoked a traditional Creole party concept called the “La La” remembered from her Louisiana days as a member of the all female New Orleans band Evangeline. After a few meetings with some of the other women and promoters, the Swamp Sistas La La was born.
The group began to present a roving, regional music fest inspired by the Creole traditional soiree’ where musicians gather, friends dance and everybody gives what they can for a common cause. With eight Swamp Sistas La Las presented thus far in Florida and North Carolina, and with thousands of dollars raised for various community causes and organizations, the group is well on their way to having that desired positive impact, seeking creative ways to “do good in the hood” and provide paying gigs for women musicians.
One byproduct of the La Las that McKee particularly cherishes is the Swamp Sistas Songwriter Circle, a collective of female songwriters who perform, in various combinations, in-the-round acoustic sets at fundraisers and concerts across the southern US.
The 2016 Swamp Sistas La La @Fringe made for another record breaking year at the Orlando Fringe Festival. Beth and the Sistas raised their voices in song and celebration and over $10,00 with an online campaign La La Summer Hope to help 2nd Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida feed kids who badly needed it over the summer. The next La La @ Orlando Fringe is happening on Saturday May 20, 2017 and the 2nd annual La La Summer Hope Campaign launches on April 26 at www.lalasummerhope.com