The La La is a Creole tradition where musicians gather, friends dance, and everybody gives what they can to support a common cause. On Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 3 to 11 p.m., Park Ave CDs and singer-songwriter Beth McKee co-presented the Swamp Sistas La La on the Green Lawn in Loch Haven Park as part of the Orlando Fringe Festival. It was also the release party for Beth’s new album Sugarcane Revival. The common goal was a desire to fight local hunger with good, nutritious food. Those who attended had the opportunity to learn about and contribute to Central Florida food security organizations Second Harvest Food Bank, P.E.A.S. Foundation and The Fresh Stop Bus. Check out these beautiful photos provided by Steven Miller Photography.
Swamp Sistas is a grassroots community of 2,500 that singer/songwriter Beth McKee conceived as a way to connect the diverse women she met while touring the southeastern United States. The Sista-hood evolved into what the Orlando Sentinel defined as “a network of skills and support that goes beyond the music.”
The Swamp Sistas La La @ Fringe Fest on Saturday May 16, 2015 was a tremendous success and the numbers proved it: 24 year record breaking high for Fringe Fest beer and show ticket sales. Booyah!! Organizer Beth McKee released her Sugarcane Revival CD at the La La lending an old tent revival air to the festivities.
In addition to all the fun, the La La is a party with a purpose and our purpose was to raise money and awareness for fighting local hunger with healthy food. Three organizations joined us on the lawn Saturday, 2nd Harvest Food Bank, P.E.A.S. Foundation and The Fresh Stop Bus. Please visit at least one of the links above and learn more about these orgs and how you can help them do their good work in the community. It’s REALLY IMPORTANT.
Here’s how it went:
A half dozen Sistas helped Beth kick off the day with freedom song “Welcome Table,” before MC Kayonne Riley greeted everyone and introduced 12 year old singer/songwriter “O-Sky.” Next up was the Swamp Sistas Songwriter Circle. Shadow Pearson (Automatics,) Kattya Graham, Loi Jeannette and Gail Jijon joined Beth for an “in the round” songwriter set.
A Cache’ hit the stage with energy, then Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets from St. Pete provided well crafted Americana, brewed on Florida’s west coast. Kaleigh Baker wowed everyone with a solo set. Beth McKee and her band played the Sugarcane Revival set to a packed tent.
Next, Laney Jones and the Spirits offered their own recipe of old-time music and punk. . E-Turn & SPS offered a set so energetic and heartfelt that the crowd didn’t want to let them go. Expect to see and hear more from E-Turn, too. She’s on the verge!
Multiple Me closed out the night offering new indie rock.
We are very grateful to the La La sponsors whose help made everything possible. Park Ave CDs co-presented the La La and other sponsors include Peyton Entertainment, The Kessler Collection, New Electric, LLC, Alchemy Salon, The Smiling Bison and Audubon Park Garden District.Special thanks to Bill Deutsch for stage management, Orlando Fringe Fest organizers George Wallace and Michael Marinaccio, Fringe Lawn Producer Jessica Pawli, art director Bethany Myers, Merch Goddess Wendy Davis of Poca’s Hottest Sauces and sound crew Dave Mann/Craig Cobb. Credit for the pics goes to Bill Condon of The Orlando Musician Online Magazine