"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 in over twenty countries, appeared on over twenty national television broadcasts (Ellen, Dick Clark’s New Years Eve to an audience of 25 million, plus multiple appearances on The Tonight Show and Late Night with Seth Meyers,) played or recorded with a myriad of major and minor label recording artists, and has played in over twenty Broadway musicals. Artist highlights include: Lesley Gore, Carly Rae Jepson, Madison Beer, Duncan Sheik, LOLO, 2018 American Idol Winner Maddie Poppe, Cloves, Elle King, Shayna Steele, 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 "Robert Johnson: Devil at the Crossroads" on 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.


Big Hands Rhythm & Blues Band Rockwood Music Hall Stage 1 February 21st 11pmBob and Carole and Ted and Alice by Duncan Sheik through March 22nd

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 (4x)
  • 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
  • Summerfest