Sun., June 16, Gina Sicilia
Palms Playhouse, 7:30 p.m., $15
Gina Sicilia's smoky vocals waver, bellow and skulk in a coquettish cat-and-mouselike inflection. Inspired by Etta James and Aretha Franklin, the Philly blues singer didn't take the stage professionally until she was almost 20. She assimilated quickly. Sicilia released Allow Me to Confess two years later in 2007 to rave reviews. Hey Sugar came 16 months later—too soon, probably—but her last two, Can't Control Myself and her latest, It Wasn't Real, showcase her already voluptuous vocals and sharpening songcraft. New tracks, like the reggae-tinged “Wake Up Next to You” and the country-flavored “Write a Little Song With You,” are a testament to her increasing eclecticism. 13 Main Street in Winters, www.ginasicilia.com.