Fawson is a Bay Area Blues, Soul and Funk band whose members have come together from all parts of the country with varied musical backgrounds with one mission: to make great music. Expect to groove to music by Susan Tedeschi, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Kahn, Stevie Wonder and Janis Joplin as well as their own originals. Fawson's funky vibe will keep you on your feet.

Nancy Fawson

Lead Singer

Powerhouse lead vocalist, Nancy Fawson left a career as an attorney in NYC and came to the Bay Area to pursue her passions of singing and writing. Nancy's musical roots are steeped in soul, funk and blues. She is heavily influenced by artists such as Aretha Franklin, Chaka Kahn, Sam Cooke and Stevie Wonder as well as contemporaries Esperanza Spalding and Hiatus Kaiyote. Nancy's soulful and passionate voice breathes new life into her songs and her upbeat and fun attitude makes every show feel like a party. 

Ed Grossman

Lead Guitar

In his 30+ years as a gigging musician Ed has played venues across the country from CBCG's in NYC to Sweetwater in California.  Rock, jazz, country... you name it and Ed has the right guitar licks for the gig.

Jake DeMoe


After failing miserably at every other instrument,  Jake took up the drums and the age of 15 and has never looked back. Originally from the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Jake has experience gigging and recording many styles of music, and especially enjoys playing funk, blues, and reggae. 

Matt Kanter


Matt left a long science career behind and gave himself to music. Music gave him amazing teachers and mentors: rhythm master Thomas Perry, and San Rafael bass legend Angeline Saris. Originally from Cincinnati, currently living in the Easy Bay, Matty holds down the low-end every day, playing blues, R&B, rock, and jazz … but enjoys the funk most of all. 

Sam Huff

Rhythm guitar

Sam knows more than one or two bluegrass standards. His folk influences from the Appalachian state were combined with some gritty rock n' roll living and playing in Chicago.  After 8 years of touring in the midwest, Sam finally made his way to the Bay Area where he gets to channel his musical background into the musical melting pot of Fawson.