Karen K & the Jitterbugs


About Karen K


Boston based Karen K (Kalafatas) is best known for her pop-rock songwriting style that is popular among preschoolers and has broad appeal with people of all ages, from tots to grown-ups to grandparents. A former musical theater actress performing in New York City, she delivers crowd-engaging shows with a captivating stage presence, energy, humor and poignancy. Her songs have won multiple awards, including a coveted Parents Choice Award and Best KidVid of 2015 for her smash hit “I Woke Up in a Fire Truck.” She has appeared on CBS-New York and PBS (WGBH), and her Jitterbugs Music Classes for children 5 and under were recently named Best Music Class in Massachusetts by Boston Parents Paper. She was most recently awarded a 2016 Top 5 Family Favorite music award by Boston Parents Paper. Karen's band, Karen K & the Jitterbugs, were recently voted Best Kindie Band in Greater Boston by 41,000 Mommy Poppins Boston voters. 

With a deep passion for social justice, Karen is also the founder and creator of Kids Really Rock, a free all-day family music festival held annually at the Lawn on D in Fort Point, Boston, that promotes kindness, creativity and community.  The event attracts over 6,000 people annually.