“Guitar Work Shines”

“Terrific Musician” -Downbeat Magazine March 2012

Simon Kafka is a guitarist who shares his time between New York City and the road. As lead guitarist for Grammy-nominated RCA artist Elle King, he has performed all over the world and appeared on countless national television shows, including The Today Show, The Tonight Show, and Dick Clark’s Rockin' New Year's Eve (which reached 25 million viewers). He has also played or recorded with Lesley Gore, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Guy Berryman (Coldplay) and worked in the pits of eighteen Broadway shows, including The Lion King, Aladdin, and The Book of Mormon. His playing was featured in the film Hot Pursuit starring Reese Witherspoon. He has a degree from the Manhattan School of Music.


Currently on tour with Elle King. Check elleking.com for tour dates!

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
  • The voice Germany (finale)
  • TFI Friday (UK)
  • The Graham Norton Show (BBC1 UK)
  • BBC 1 Live Lounge (UK)
  • Good Morning America
  • 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

Festival Highlights Past, Current & Future

  • 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)
  • Glastonbury (UK)
  • New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
  • Osheaga
  • Hurricane Festival (Germany)
  • Southside Festival (Germany)
  • Governors Ball NYC
  • Boston Calling
  • Roskilde (Denmark)
  • Eurockennes (France)
  • Rock Werchter (Belgium)