Swamp Sistas is a grassroots movement of 2,500 women with a dual passion for music and community activism, established in 2010 by singer/songwriter Beth McKee as a way to stay in touch with inspiring women she encountered on her travels. The group quickly morphed into a diverse, multi-generational network of women with varying backgrounds and career paths.
Determined to find a way for the group to have a positive impact, while also promoting her music and that of her female songwriting peers, McKee invoked a traditional Louisiana party concept called the “La La” that she had become familiar with during her Louisiana days as a member of the all female New Orleans band Evangeline (MCA Records.) She tossed the idea around with other talented women and promoter friends, and the “Swamp Sistas La La” was born; a roving, regional music fest inspired by the Creole La La soiree’ where musicians gather, friends dance and everyone gives what they can for a common cause.
With nearly a dozen Swamp Sistas La Las presented, in Florida and North Carolina, and thousands of dollars raised for various community causes and organizations, the group is well on their way to having that desired positive impact, and they continue to seek creative ways to ‘do good’ while simultaneously providing opportunities for women musicians. In late 2019, the Swamp Sistas La La Foundation, Inc. became a registered 501(c)3 non profit organization with the bi-fold mission of community service and supporting women in the arts.