Karen K & the Jitterbugs (featuring Karen Kalafatas, or Karen “K” to her fans) have been delighting families up and down the east coast since the release of their debut album, Pancakes for Dinner, last year. Based out of Brooklyn, NY & Karen’s new home of Arlington, MA, Karen K & her Jitterbugs’ are rising stars in the “kindie” music scene – a term coined for the blend of kids music and indie rock – thanks to their eclectic sound and Karen Ks well-written, memorable, original songs. As upbeat and danceable as they are humorous and relatable (take “That’s What I’m Wearing Today” about a tot attempting to dress herself in the morning, or the title track about a mom delighting her offspring by replacing dinner with breakfast), parents find themselves singing along to her catchy tunes as their tots dance happily in the aisles. A former musical theater veteran with powerhouse vocals, Karen K’s immeasurable energy, and innate ability to connect with audience members young and old make her as likable as she is listenable.
Karen K & the Jitterbugs have been featured in New York Magazine’s Best of 2011 issue and were chosen as a Critic’s Pick in Time Out New York Kids and New York magazine. They opened for family music super-star Elizabeth Mitchell in September in New York City at the much-anticipated Super Sonic Kindie Music Festival, and will be performing up and down the east coast all year. Karen’s popular Jitterbugs music classes for kids 5 years and under, currently running in New York City and Boston, MA, have been hailed by parents as “an absolute joy of a class” and “the best class in the city”.