Eight Gigs: Miss Mouthpeace

Fri., April 8, 9 p.m., Graciano’s, $15

Why should hip-hop be the style best known for vocal freestyling? Local artist Miss Mouthpeace is gifted freestyler, but she is a soul singer through and through. Her band provides cool, smooth, jazzy soul grooves, and she sings over them as they come to her head; it’s not only impressive, it’s intensely emotional as well. She does have some songs that are written and rehearsed beforehand, and they are equally dynamic. All of which is to say that this Sacramento native’s uplifting and entertaining act is not to be missed. 1023 Front Street in Old Sacramento, www.missmouthpeacemusic.com.