Beth McKee and her Swamp Sistas are at it again!
Soulful women, singing out to fight local hunger.
From 3:00 to midnight on Saturday, May 19, Park Ave CDs and Orlando Magazine will present Beth McKee’s 7th annual Swamp Sistas La La, a musical gathering of female-fronted acts, at the Orlando Fringe Outdoor Stage in Loch Haven Park. The free event, Beth’s big re-imagination of the traditional Creole house party where guests chip in what they can for a community cause, will raise funds to help Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida feed kids over the summer months, when no school means no school breakfast or lunch for many who rely on it.
Swamp Sistas is an ever-growing alliance of over 2,700 creative and active Southern women, led by McKee, that’s inclusive of all age and genre (musical members include legends like Janis Ian and next-gen rising stars like Sarah Shook.) More relevant than ever, the Swamp Sistas support not just each other, but their home communities at large. Artistically, they collaborate, mentor, and perform as the Swamp Sistas Songwriter Circle. Philanthropically, they organize and perform to raise money and awareness for targeted local causes and organizations like Second Harvest Food Bank.
dreamwood acres Drops at 2018 La La!
Releasing 18 May 2018, Dreamwood Acres is produced by Mitch Easter protégé John Pfiffner and features collaborators from the jangle-pop god’s inner circle. The subtly lush album is a furtherance of Beth McKee’s signature of roots music that rides the idyllic backroads of soul, gospel, blues, folk, pop, and rock. Here, she steps even further out with some newer indie threads (“Resurrection Mary,” “In Between the Lines”).
Beth herself says, “Dreamwood Acres could be from any place – from a summer camp to a cemetery, suburb or a sanitarium – and this record runs that gamut. I just let the songs go wherever they wanted. Let’s call it free-range music.”
For more information on Dreamwood Acres visit Beth McKee’s Bandcamp site.
Swamp Sista 2018 La La Scheduled Performers
Pre-La La Events
Wednesday May 10 from 8 to 11 p.m. Members of the Swamp Beth McKee’s Sistas Songwriter Circle will gather for a pre-La La warmup party, at Imperial Wine and Beer Garden,1800 N Orange Ave, Orlando. The women will donate their gig pay to the La La Summer Hope Campaign for Second Harvest Food Bank.
Wednesday, May 2 from 6-8 pm. The Swamp Sistas invite everyone to join them for an hour long volunteer session at Second Harvest Food Bank, 411 Mercy Dr, Orlando, followed by a mini-concert from the Songwriter Circle and snacks in Second Harvest’s Darden Community Room.