Orlando Weekly, May 2, 2015
“Beth McKee’s Swamp Sistas La La
Local songwriter Beth McKee rounds up an impressive circle of bright Orlando female artists, pulling Kaleigh Baker momentarily away from her Fringe Fest turn as Janis Joplin to put Baker’s new songs center stage for a spell, alongside great acts like Laney Jones and the Spirits, E-Turn and SPS, Lauren Carder and the Multiple Me, Kattya Graham and more. Swoon!”
3 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 2015
Orlando Weekly, May 2, 2015
Erin Sullivan/Editor Orlando Weekly, Orlando, Fl
If, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, you find that you’ve managed to sleep through church and you’re feeling guilty, here’s a little something to soothe your soul (if you’re the type to feel guilty about sleeping through church, that is): This afternoon, Beth McKee and the Swamp Sistas, a grassroots community of musicians and artists, are teaming up with the Audubon Park Garden District to host a gospel brunch and Swamp Sista La La (basically, a feel-good event that does some good for the community). Chef Jamie McFadden will assemble a Southern-style brunch (the menu includes shrimp and grits, chicken and biscuits, pulled pork and tons more), and a variety of local musicians, including Beth McKee, Tina Nicole, Due South and Alexandra and the Beautiful Chorus, will fill the East End Market, inside and out, with the beautiful sounds of gospel music. Your penance for skipping out on your date with God is that you have to pay $75 for the grub (or $10 if you want the music only), but a portion of the proceeds will go to support a variety of local do-gooder orgs, including the P.E.A.S. Foundation, the Audubon Park Garden District, Hebni Nutrition Consultants and the Second Harvest Food Bank. Heavenly. – Erin Sullivan
Kate Santich for the Orlando Sentinel, Orlando, FL
Time to get your ya-yas off for a trio of worthy charities. On Sunday, April 6, at the East End Market — in Orlando’s tres trendy Audubon Park Garden District — the Swamp Sistas La La will feature locally grown food, Florida-based musicians and an open-air artisan market.
What’s a la la? According to the Swamp Sistas, that’s an old Creole term for a party with a purpose.
And who are the Swamp Sistas? “They’re a diverse, growing community of over 2,200 women, most … from the American South, though not necessarily,” their Facebook page says. “Artists, story tellers, performers, caregivers, teachers, entrepreneurs and much more, we embrace our roots while marching to our own drumbeat.”
And they apparently know how to have a good time for some good causes — in this case,Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Hebni Nutrition Consultants and the P.E.A.S. Foundation, or Providing Eating Alternatives Simply, a group that helps bring fresh produce to low-income households.
The la la runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. with tickets going for $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
There’s also a gospel brunch from noon to 2 p.m. with food by celebrated chef Jamie McFadden of Cuisiniers Catered Cuisine and Events and music by Beth McKee & the Heavenly Mimosas. Tickets to the brunch are $75 each.
All tickets are available online at swampsistas.com.
Jim Abbott for Orlando Sentinel, Orlando Fl
Since Orlando swamp-music practitioner Beth McKee presented her inaugural Swamp Sista La La in 2012, the homegrown party has spawned three like-minded events in Tampa and Winston-Salem, N.C.
On April 6, McKee brings the concept home again for an afternoon of music, food and fellowship at East End Market. McKee and her band will be joined for the 2 p.m. show by Alexandrah Love’s Beautiful Chorus, singer-songwriters Tina Nicole and Kattya Graham, blues duo Belmont and Jones, the honky-tonk Sara Rose Band and harmony-powered Due South.
“La La is an old Creole term for a party with a purpose,” McKee says. “So we’re going to gather with friends and family to have fun and further a cause. We’re fighting hunger in Central Florida.”
Sunday afternoon the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art will host a Swamp Sistas La La — a party with a purpose — full of good music, good food and fellowship that will benefit the Cobblestone Farmers Market’s efforts to increase opportunities for low-income people to buy fresh food. See the entire article
Michael Hastings/Winston-Salem Journal
The Swamp Sistas La La concert from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at SECCA, 750 Marguerite Drive, will feature local food and beer vendors and help raise money for the EBT program of Cobblestone Farmers Market.Cobblestone Farmers Market offers matching funds for customers using EBT cards EBT cards are debit cards issued to people in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the food-stamp program. The event is sponsored by Beth McKee and Beta Verde. See the entire article
Leilani Polk for Creative Loafing Tampa, FL
A celebration of Southern women and culture appropriately held on International Women’s Day. Swamp Sista LaLa is headed up by Beth McKee, a keys-and-accordion-playing artist with velvety strong vocals who has laid down roots in several Southern locales – most recently Florida – and reveals these varied influences in her easy-riding blend of blues, Cajun pop, NOLA-soaked R&B, and rock n’ roll. See the entire article
Calvin Powers for No Depression
On episode 99 of the Americana Music Show, the North Carolina contingent of the Swamp Sistas organize a good old-fashioned barn-party, which they call a “LaLa”. Beth McKee was the music headliner and the day also featured performances from Tim and Susan Lee, Lynn Blakey, Little Queenie, and Allison King.
I’m angling for honorary membership in the sisterhood, but it doesn’t look like these talented, motivated ladies need my help.That would be the Swamp Sistas, a grassroots movement that’s the brainchild of Orlando singer-songwriter Beth McKee, who has transformed her Southern-flavored musical style into a vehicle for support and social activism among her female fans. Click here for the entire article
Artist THOMAS THORSPECKEN
Swamp Sista La La Friends began its inaugural year as an annual event on Saturday June 23, 2012. It was an epic celebration of mostly southern music, women, independent businesses (which happen to be mostly owned or ran by women), and the hippest community in Orlando (also managed by a woman). It took place outside and inside Park Ave CDs, from 7PM – 11PM. The evening was a gathering of Swamp Sistas, soulfully connected women, (mainly) Southern women who love to keep their roots at the surface while also branching to a more contemporary sound. Audubon Park Garden District, Park Ave CDs, and Beth McKee joined to bring Swamp Sistas together for music, fun, vendors, beer, and food in Audubon Park. Click here to see Thomas Thorspecken’s illustration of the 1st Florida La La