“Terrific Musician” -Downbeat Magazine

Simon Kafka is a guitarist based in New York City. He has performed all over the world, appeared on over twenty national television broadcasts, in over twenty Broadway musicals, and played or recorded with a myriad of major and minor label recording artists. 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, 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. In addition, he is the founder and leader of Big Hands Rhythm & Blues Band, whose self titled debut album is available across all platforms and whose upcoming full length record on Rope A Dope Records will be coming out in the fall of 2018. 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.


1/31 Graham Norwood Rockwood Music Hall 8:002/5 Big Hands Rockwood Music Hall 9:302/6 Livia Blanc Rockwood Music Hall 10:302/7 Katie Jacoby at Mercury Lounge 10:002/16 Livia Blanc Knitting Factory 7:002/24 NY Imagination Society Ludlow House 9:002/28 Livia Blanc Sofar Sounds3/1 Big Hands Ludlow House 10:003/5 Showdown Kids The Blue Note 8:003/21 Josh Congress Rockwood Music Hall 9:00

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


  • 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