“Terrific Musician” -Downbeat Magazine March 2012

Simon Kafka is a guitarist based in New York City. 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 a myriad of major label artists including Lesley Gore, Carly Rae Jepsen, Elle King, Jidenna and Guy Berryman (Coldplay). Simon has worked in the orchestra pits of eighteen Broadway shows, including The Lion King, Aladdin, and The Book of Mormon. His playing is the first thing you hear in the film Hot Pursuit starring Reese Witherspoon. In addition, he is the founder and leader of Big Hands Rhythm & Blues Band, whose self titled debut album is available across all platforms. 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 BandJanuary 31st-Graham Norwood Rockwood Music Hall 8:00February 5th-Big Hands Rhythm & Blues Rockwood Music Hall 9:00February 6th-Livia Blanc at Rockwood Music Hall 10:30February 7th-Joe's Pub with Scott MetzgerFebruary 16th-Livia Blanc at Knitting Factory 7:00February 24th-NY Imagination Society at Ludlow House NYCMarch 1st- Big Hands at Ludlow House NYC 10:00March 5th-The Blue Note with Scott Metzger and Katie Jacoby 8:00

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
  • Bafta Awards (UK)

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 (Quebec)
  • Hurricane Festival (Germany)
  • Southside Festival (Germany)
  • Governors Ball NYC
  • Boston Calling
  • Roskilde (Denmark)
  • Eurockennes (France)
  • Rock Werchter (Belgium)
  • In The Mix (Phillippines)