Karen K & the Jitterbugs


Band Bio

Welcome to the Bug Out...the fort in Karen K's backyard where she loves to play and make music with her imaginary friends, the Jitterbugs! Meet Hop (working on his self control); Slug Bug (needs a lot of naps); Bumble (doesn’t like to sting); Stinky (refuses baths); Love Bug (loves hugs); Water Bug (it's summer somewhere) and other wild, music-making friends! 

Named a “Must-See Act” and called “power pop sheen that makes them fun for the whole family” by the Boston Globe, the Jitterbugs are a favorite among kids and their grown-ups in Boston and beyond. Known for their totally engaging, high-energy show packed with humor and catchy, well-crafted tunes, Karen K & the Jitterbugs has quickly become one of the most buzzed about bands on the East Coast.

Karen K & the Jitterbugs have been featured on CBS-NY and WGBH (PBS), and in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Huffington Post, Broadway World, the New York Post, Red Tricyle, Mommy Poppins and many other publications.  Karen's sophomore album, Big Ol' Truck, is the recipient of a national Parents Choice Award, and her songs have been played on radio stations across the country, including Kids Place Live Sirius XM and WXPN's Kids Corner.  Her YouTube hit video "I Woke Up In A Firetruck" was named Best Kids Video by Zooglobble, and the band was voted the Best Kindie Band in Greater-Boston by Mommy Poppins to the tune of 41,000 votes. 

For her work in creating accessible music and arts programming for children in under-served communities in Boston, Karen is the recipient of the Berklee Urban Service Award and a grant recipient of Music Drives Us. 


Appearances include: 

Boston Summer Arts Weekend, Copley Square, Boston, MA

Smithsonian Discovery Museum, Washington, DC

WGBH Ice Cream Fest, Boston, MA

Cabot Theatre, MA

TCAN (The Natick Center for the Arts), MA

Back Bay Events Center, Boston, MA

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline, MA

Regent Theater, Arlington, MA

Club Passim, Cambridge, MA

Lowell Summer Music Series, MA

Summer on the Hudson Series, NYC

Union Square Park, NYC

Winston-Salem Children's Museum, NC

Carrboro Arts Center, NC

Chicago Botanic Gardens, IL 

and more...