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Oct20

Karen K & the Jitterbugs

Robbins Library, Arlington, 700 Mass Ave, Arlington, MA

We can't wait to rock with you in one of our favorite spots in New England - Robbins Library in Arlington!  It's FREE! Come a ½ hour early to pick up your ticket. 

FREE! Pick up ticket ½ hour before show!

Oct18

Karen K & the Jitterbugs

Private Event, Scituate, MA

Aug20

Tunes and Tales at the Beebe Estate

Beebe Estate, 235 W. Foster Street, Melrose, MA

Our last show of the summer tour!  And it's here!  In Melrose!  One of the best communities around!  Come out for what will undoubtedly be one of the best shows of the summer for the Bugs. We like a strong finish. And we have one planned for ya...  

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The Blue Bike Chronicles

Karen K

The highly anticipated, groundbreaking solo album from singer/songwriter and bandleader Karen K (of popular tot-rock group Karen K & the Jitterbugs) that explores the magical in-between years of childhood. Packed with well-crafted, memorable songs in a brilliant array of popular styles, The Blue Bike Chronicles is a timeless classic that will delight listeners for generations to come – and a must listen for anyone who’s ever been a kid.

“Tot rock” singer/songwriter Karen K takes family music to new heights with The Blue Bike Chronicles, a groundbreaking album written for elementary school-aged kids and their families. This highly anticipated solo project from the band leader of the popular band Karen K & the Jitterbugs perfectly captures the magical in-between stage of school-aged youth and the tenderness of those parenting years while families enjoy the ride together.

Fusing catchy, toe-tapping melodies in a brilliant array of popular styles with age-appropriate lyrics and themes, The Blue Bike Chronicles was inspired by Kalafatas’s 4th grade daughter and her own vivid memories of growing up a pre-tween in the 1970s. With heavy pop influences met with her usual skillful, genre-swirling style, the album is packed with original and cover songs in a wide variety of musical categories: country; Americana/roots; folk; rock; hip hop; big band, and with a nod to Karen’s NYC theater background, modern musical theater. From the high-octane pop-rock anthem of “Being Different” to the full-on Nashville country “Cousin Party” to a delightful new twist on “When We Grow Up” from the Marlo Thomas’s famous Free to Be…You and Me, the album boasts music that growing kids and their families can finally agree upon.

As with all of Karen K’s music, there’s something here for the entire family, but these songs will make a special connection with the pre-tween set, ages 7-10. 



At once fresh, modern and comfortingly familiar, The Blue Bike Chronicles is already a timeless classic that will delight listeners for generations to come - and a must listen for anyone who's ever been a kid.

Lyrics, Videos and More: www.bluebikechronicles.com Karen K & the Jitterbugs: www.karenkjitterbugs.com

“A pop masterpiece…the music quality rivals the Top of the Pops…easily rivals the best of any Disney theme music…”
-Rebecca Yorn Alison, Kids Can Groove


“The air-tight first (Blue Bike Chronicles) single ‘Without You’ is what Taylor Swift would sound like if she had a 2nd grader who wanted to break free from school to hang with mom.” –Jeff Bogle, Red Tricycle/Huffington Post Contributor

“Spiky, power-pop sheen…fun for the whole family.” –The Boston Globe

"The Blue Bike Chronicles is a collection of carefully crafted anthems and ballads that capture pristine moments of childhood and child rearing in America. With a vision slyly subversive yet brimming with positivity, the album, in a quilted patchwork of guest appearances and genre styles, redefines family connection in a constantly changing, modern world. Fun, funny, touching, and beautiful -- this album is testament to a gifted songwriter with a genuine and important American voice." –C.J. Pizarro, singer/songwriter, leader of Los Angeles-based Mista Cookie Jar and the Chocolate Chips

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Big Ol' Truck

Karen K and the Jitterbugs

In this follow up to her hit inaugural album, Pancakes for Dinner, "Kiddie Queen" Karen K delivers more instant classics with happy, clever, genre-swirling, and totally memorable songs that kids and their parents are buggin' out over. Beep! Beep!

Bug Out! With Karen K & the Jitterbugs, playing retro-rock for the whole family!

Called the “Kiddie Queen” by the Brooklyn Paper, Karen K (the “K” is for Kalafatas) and her Jitterbugs have built a quick and steady following since their debut in 2011. Originally based out of Brooklyn, New York and now out of Boston, Massachusetts, where the singer moved recently with her family, Karen K and her Jitterbugs are new additions to the “kindie” music scene – a term coined for the blend of kids music and indie rock. Karen’s genre-swirling, funny, nostalgic and completely memorable songs have garnered rave reviews from tots, parents and even grandparents. (In fact, many parents admit to listening to her music even when the kids aren’t around. But don’t tell anyone.)

A musical theater veteran with “powerhouse vocals,” according to one national iTunes customer, Karen K's ability to connect with her audience at her live shows make the Jitterbugs as much a treat to experience in concert (“Get ready for a good time!” - The Patch; “A hand-clapping, foot-stomping good time!” - TONY Kids) as at home listening to one of her two albums: the band’s inaugural CD Pancakes for Dinner, or their newer Big Ol’ Truck. Both albums feature the Jitterbugs band members from New York City and Boston, whose musicianship impressively brings the songs to life.

Pancakes for Dinner is a blend of happy retro-rock tunes based on life as a kid and with kids. (Karen was a new mom when she wrote most of these, and as she does now, spent most of her time with her daughter and among the preschoolers to whom she taught music through her Jitterbugs music classes.) Highlights include a bluesy ode to everyone’s favorite dairy drink, the aptly titled Milk, and the bouncy Beatles-esque title track. Danceable, sing-out-loud songs are balanced equally with moments of poignancy, like a sweet lullaby from a father’s perspective in Sing Me the Moon, or a cry for attention from a newborn baby in a 1950’s doo-wop ballad called Swaddle Me. According to Mommy Poppins, “You’ll find yourself singing and dancing along without even trying.”

With their second helping, Big Ol’ Truck, Karen K doesn’t disappoint, as she opens her audiences imaginations – and hearts – to familiar stories of trucks, teddy bears, big brown boxes and even crying crocodiles. The title track is about as catchy a song as it gets, an homage to a hefty assortment of big trucks set to a country-meets-funk groove. (Moms and dads claim to sing this at work, among friends and even in the boardroom. They claim to dance, too, but no security video has been captured so far.) Once again, the album is interlaced with moments of tenderness, like in Bigger Than the World, the song Karen penned with her 6-year-old daughter as a bedtime ritual (her daughter sings along on this one). Of course, laugh-out-loud lyrics and catchy melodies are plentiful, including the “real” story of Noah’s Arc in Animal Party and the harrowing experience of a child’s first haircut in the hilarious First Haircut. Rock, folk, pop, country, musical theater and New Orleans jazz…there’s something for everyone on this album.

Karen K & her Jitterbugs have been featured on CBS-NY and have been top picks in New York Magazine, the New York Times, Time Out New York Kids, Mommy Poppins and Boston.com. Her Jitterbugs classes for kids ages newborn to five years are offered throughout New York City and Greater-Boston, where Karen resides with her husband and daughter, looking for just a few more hours every day to write. Songs. For you.

She hopes you like ‘em.

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Pancakes for Dinner

Karen K and the Jitterbugs

One of Brooklyn's most popular children's musicians, Karen K, serves up this deliciously entertaining and delightfully moving album for kids big and small. Each song leaves you hungry for more. Get 'em while they're hot - and don't forget the syrup!

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“Spiky, power-pop sheen…fun for the whole family!" ”

— The Boston Globe