Solo show at The Burren Back Room Series just announced!

Hello world!

I am pleased to announce a long-overdue reunion with my corolla-across-the-USA-touring buddy, Kristen Ford, this December 28th at The Burren Backroom Series in Somerville! Though we may not look like we’ve been on the road for 97 hours, we may still dust off some of our favorite tunes from that era. I’ll also enjoy a rare opportunity to share my own new and well-aged material with my hometown crowd. Kerr Griffin makes a special appearance so be sure to get there early and grab a good seat and some good eats!

Tickets available now: 12/28/18 Kara Kulpa, Kristen Ford &  Special Guest Kerr Griffin
$12 in advance
$16 at the door
Doors: 6:00pm
Showtime: 7:00pm

Thanks for listening and see you in out there!

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Solo Appearance – Nov. 6

Hello World!

I’m honored to announce that I’ll be performing as the featured artist at this November’s Under The Rainbow LGBTQ+ Coffeehouse on November 6, 2017.

Under The Rainbow is hosted by the North Shore Health Project, an organization dedicated to providing free holistic care, case management, and social support (plus much more) to those living with HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C. Under The Rainbow LGBTQ+ Coffeehouse events serve to provide an alternative night out (read: all ages, alcohol-free, potluck) in a safe and welcoming environment.

North Shore Health Project
5 Center St.
Gloucester, MA
6:30pm – 8:30pm

Come on up and have a good time! Potluck at 6:30, music starts at 7:30.

See you there,

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Miranda’s Hearth Writing Night and Ro Colegrove’s CD Release!

Hi Folks!

I have a couple bits of exciting news!

First off, starting this Tuesday, February 2, 2016 and following every FIRST TUESDAY of the month I will be leading a creative and expressive writing group at the Arlington Cultural Center (41 Foster Street). The group is called “Write A Passage” and is inspired by my former work as a Music Therapist and my desire to build community through the Miranda’s Hearth organization. The idea is that we’ll sit down, write some gratitudes, free write for a bit and then write from a prompt or two each evening and it’ll give us all a dedicated time to connect with our creative selves. Start time is 7pm prompt. Will I see you there?

Secondly, I am excited to be playing a short opening set for my pal, Ro Colegrove’s, CD Release this Saturday, January 19, at The Burren Pub in Somerville! He’s been working hard on this record and has some mighty beautiful and creative things to express on it. I am a huge fan and hope you’ll join us for a night of ear-treatingly-good music! Show starts at 7pm prompt. I guess I like that time of night.

As always, thanks for listening and see you out there!


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Solo Gig in Cambridge *APRIL 12th!

**Feb 8 got snowed in, but today it’s beautiful and you should ride your bike to the show! See you at 6pm :)

Hey Friends!

I’m delighted to be sharing the stage at Miranda’s Hearth in February! Miranda’s Hearth is an amazing community of artists and creative types of all kind that, among hosting other events, meets monthly for dinner, art and music! To learn more, visit the website here:

Dinner at 6, music at 7!

The Democracy Center
45 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge,MA 02138

See you there!


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Hi Friends,

Gosh, it’s been a while since I’ve updated you. I’ve been flying under the radar, taking a lot of sideman gigs and playing a TON with my new (used) mandolin thanks to YOU! Seriously, my utmost and sincere thank you goes out to those who aided my quest either by action or by thought – I am forever grateful. Thank you.

That said, I do have some solo gigs I’d like to make mention of before they’re passed – I have a terrible habit of forgetting to tell people about these things!

On Saturday, September 20, I’ll be playing at Somerville’s inaugural BIG Tiny House Festival . This is an evening-long fest that will feature live local music (I play at 5:00pm) along with local craft vendors in support of showcasing tiny houses. There will be a few houses open for walk-throughs, as well as workshops on how to build your own! This sounds amazingly cool and I am very excited to be a part of it!

The next day, on Sunday, September 21, I am reunited, once again, with my ever-enduring and incredibly talented musical companion, Mya Byrne!! If you feel like haven’t heard that name before, it’s ok – she used to be billed as Jeremiah Birnbaum and is now fully realized as her true self and better than ever!! We will be playing Folk in the Chapel in Norwich, CT, and you can bet we will do it in true KK-MB fashion; swapping instruments and songs as we progress throughout our sets. It’s an afternoon show (3pm) and not that far from Boston, so, if you’re up for a Sunday drive, hop on in the car and meet us there!

I hope you all are enjoying the tail end of summer and finding time to reflect, give thanks and love one another. Have a wonderful day!


Sat. Sept. 20 – 5:00pm
BIG Tiny House Festival (3pm – 7pm)
Former Waster Transfer Site
10 Poplar Street
Somerville, MA

Sun. Sept. 21 – 3:00pm
Folk in the Chapel
Christ Episcopal Church
78 Washington Street
Norwich, CT

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Kara’s New (or Used) Mandolin Fund!

Hi Friends!

I hope you are all staying warm in this arctic freeze that’s been hovering over the lower 48! In this time of indoor contemplation, I wanted to let you know that I am taking steps to sound better! I’ve set up a virtual pass-the-hat to help collect the necessary funds to finally get a decent mandolin. This has been a long time coming and an even longer time gaining enough will power to ask for help. I hope you can take a moment and read more about it here :)


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Passim – 9/30/13

Hello Interworld!

I hope you all had a great summer. Mine was filled with lots of singing…with 3, 4 and 5 year olds, that is. I was delighted to spend a third summer teaching music for the Beaver Summer Programs Lower Camp in Chestnut Hill! My, that brings a smile to my face. Do you know what also brings a smile to my face? Playing “grown-up music” for YOU!! After a bit of a hiatus, I’ll be getting back into the saddle with my old pal, Jeremiah Birnbaum, at our fav. local venue, Club Passim! Like leather boots, good wine and (most) motorists, our show only gets better with age. Can you believe that Jeremiah, or “Jobim” as you may hear me refer to him on stage, and I have been playing together for nearly 10 years now! I still can’t get enough of his wailing solos, melodic accents and all around badass playing! If you’ve heard my latest record, you know a bit about what to expect, although, as with any live show, anything can (and is bound to) happen! There’s nothing like the chemistry of playing live with someone else. Not to mention, you’ll get to hear HIS songs as well.

$12/$10 tickets available online at Reserve them now – you’ll get to sit at a table! Doors open at 6:30pm, music starts at 8pm. Come get your Veggie Planet eat/drink on and listen to an undoubtedly beautiful opening set by Juno-Award-Winning singer/songwriter Amelia Curran!

That’s all for now! Have a great week and, as always, thanks for listening.


p.s. Here’s a link to download the show poster for your keepsake! Passim Poster

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Naukabout Music Festival (08.03.13)

Hey Folks!

I’m extremely honored and excited to be a part of this year’s Naukabout Music Festival!! You can catch me as myself, as fiddler with the Baker Thomas Band and as myself/fiddler with Exile On Elm Street! You can also catch David Wax Museum, Sarah Blacker, Dietrich Strause and many others while you’re at it! Basically, you should come for the entire festival!!! You will not be disappointed – unless you don’t come. That would be awful. See you on the cape!!

Get Your Tickets!


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A Few Upcoming Shows!

Hi Friends,

I know I’m due for a *real update soon, but I wanted to make sure that I got the word out there about a few upcoming shows. These are all in the Boston area, although I will be making it down to Rhode Island in March – check back here (or on any of my Facebook pages or in your email list box) for more details on that one. For now, my fellow Bostonians, and those traveling to visit, may catch this handful of shows in the next couple weeks!

Starting things off, I’ll be playing at The Burren in the front room tomorrow (January 16th), round-table style, with my pals Kirsten Lamb (bass), James McIver (banjo) and Erik White (guitar). Music starts at 8:30.

On Sunday, January 20th (Sun), I’ll kick it back to the Back Room of The Burren, for a Songwriter Series night with my TRIO. We go on at 8pm and will be followed by Matt Borello and later the Baker Thomas Band!

Lastly, on January 22nd (Tues), I’ll be on stage with my bluegrass/americana band, Creek River String Band, at Sally O’Brien’s. Music starts at 8pm and Amy Kucharik and Friends With Benefits will open!

One awesome thing that all of these shows have in common is that they’re all FREE OF COVER CHARGE!! That means, you don’t have to pay to get in, but we’d still appreciate a few dollars in the tip jar if you can swing it!

As always, thanks for listening and see you out there!


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Hi Friends!

I am extremely honored and humbled to be featured in this new video for the It Gets Better Project! Please check it out and show your support for this wonderful worldwide campaign!

Happy trails :)

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