"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, 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 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.


Alice By Heart (New show by Duncan Sheik) at MCC Theater NYC 1/28-3/31Big Hands Rhythm & Blues Band at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2/20 10:00pm3/7 Shayna Steele Tour Teatro Circo Murcia Spain3/8 Shayna Steele Las Palmas, Spain3/9 Shayna Steele Madrid Spain 3/10 Palac Akropolis Prague Czech Republic3/11 Vienna Austria3/13 Inom Vallgraven Sweden3/14 Fredericia Denmark3/15 Stuttgart Germany3/16 Tilburg Netherlands3/17 Muri Switzerland

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