"Phenomenal" -Bob Power (Grammy Winning Producer

“Terrific Musician” -Downbeat Magazine

"Wonderful" -Sara Bareilles

Simon Kafka is a guitarist based in New York City. He has performed all over the world, appeared on over twenty national television broadcasts, played or recorded with a myriad of major and minor label recording artists, and has played in over twenty Broadway musicals. Television highlights include: Ellen, The Today Show, Dick Clark’s Rocking’ New Years Eve (which reached 25 million viewers), and multiple appearances on The Tonight Show and Late Night with Seth Meyers. Artist highlights include: Lesley Gore, Carly Rae Jepson, Madison Beer, LOLO, 2018 American Idol Winner Maddie Poppe, Cloves, Elle King, Jidenna and Guy Berryman (of Coldplay). Broadway highlights include: The Lion King, Aladdin, The Book of Mormon, and Waitress. His playing is the first thing you hear in the film Hot Pursuit starring Reese Witherspoon and he contributed his blues playing for an upcoming documentary about Robert Johnson for Netflix . In addition, he is the founder and leader of Big Hands Rhythm & Blues Band, whose full length record on Rope A Dope Records entitled "Thoughts and Prayers" is out now. Simon habla Español con fluidez y puede ensayar y tocar con artistas que solo hablan Español sin ningún problema. He has a degree from the Manhattan School of Music.


11/13 Big Hands Rhythm & Blues Band at The Wayland 9:30-1211/14 Graham Norwood at Pianos11/19 Coyle Girelli Standard Hotel11/26 Dean Crimmins at Bitter End11/27 Coyle Girelli Rockwood Music Hall11/28 Coyle Girelli McKittrick Hotel12/10-12/20 Pennsylvania Maximum Security Prison Tour with Megan Burtt

TV Appearances

  • The tonight show with Jimmy Fallon (2/15, 2/16)
  • Late night with Seth Meyers (10/14, 11/15)
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • Ellen DeGeneres
  • The Talk
  • The today show (2/15, 12/15)
  • Live with Kelly and Michael (multiple)
  • The Voice Germany (finale)
  • TFI Friday (UK)
  • The Graham Norton Show (BBC1 UK)
  • BBC 1 live lounge (UK)
  • Good Morning America (multiple)
  • Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve (audience 25 million)
  • Dancing with the Stars (finale)
  • Late late show with James Cordon 7/15, 3/16
  • VH1 morning buzz
  • VH1 big in 2015


  • Bonnoroo
  • Lollapalooza
  • Interstellar Rodeo
  • Bumbershoot
  • Summersonic (Japan)
  • Hang out Fest
  • Byron Bay Blues Fest (Australia)
  • SXSW
  • Reading (UK)
  • Leeds (UK)
  • T in the Park (UK)
  • Rock Werchter (Belgium)
  • Hurricane fest (Germany)
  • South side fest (Germany)
  • Roskilde (Denmark)
  • Les eurockeennes (France)
  • In the mix (phillipines)
  • Boston Calling
  • Osheaga
  • Bunbury
  • Firefly
  • Governors Ball NYC