Karen K & the Jitterbugs


About Karen K


Boston based Karen K (Kalafatas) is best known for her pop-rock songwriting style that has broad appeal with people of all ages, from tots to grown-ups to grandparents. A former musical theater actress 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 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 is one of the most diverse in the state and attracts 10,000 people annually.

Karen was awarded the Berklee Urban Service Award in 2017 for her work to perform social change through Kids Really Rock and her dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion within the kids and family music community in Boston.