Fri., Aug. 09, Jesca Hoop
The Center for the Arts, 8 p.m., $10-$18
Like a lot of theatrical songwriters before her (Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Regina Spektor), Jesca Hoop is fluid in terms of genre. There are elements of folk, jazz, blues and chamber pop in her music, and the mishmash of sounds makes sense. Not only did she grow up singing in a Mormon choir, but she also later became the nanny for Tom Waits' children. And she moved from Santa Rosa to England, which seemed to further influence her work in that she actually sounds somewhat like an English songwriter approximating American blues and roots music—which isn't a bad thing. Some of the best music of the last 50 years followed this formula. 314 W. Main Street in Grass Valley, www.jescahoop.com.