Music: Neela plays world music Fri., July 28

“Mumbai meets Marigny” when Neela, featuring Mehnaz Hoosein (Mumbai, India) & Renard Boissiere (New Orleans), brings its world music blend of jazz, folk and blues to Best Video Performance Space on Friday, July 28. The show starts at 7 PM and there is a $10 cover.

Teaming with Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps, a CT-based art-music collective, Neela promises a taste of everything from Bollywood to Bourbon St. as its music is anchored in the signature New Orleans jazz rhythms we’ve come to expect from this rich tradition. With a new take and twist on songs old and new, Neela hopes to change hearts and minds about music from around the globe: no matter where we’re from, we’ve all got soul.”

Mehnaz Hoosein and Renard Boissiere are Neela (Hindi for “blue”), an act whose repertoire is anchored in folk, pop and jazz traditions of world music. New Haven’s own, Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps, has the esteemed honor of backing them up for this run of shows.

Born in Mumbai, India, Mehnaz Hoosein is a jazz, pop and world music artist. She achieved great success with the song, “Miss India,” which won the Channel V Music Award for Best Female Pop Vocalist. Soon after, Mehnaz toured across India, Asia and Europe and recorded three solo albums for BMG and Universal Music India. Her music has been chosen for soundtracks of several films, including a duet (“You Are The Reason”) for the award-winning film, “Split Wide Open,” recorded with Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock of Air Supply fame.

Mehnaz was lead singer of the Seattle-based band, Manooghi Hi, voicing her blend of Hindustani classical and Tabla bolis and singing in several South Asian languages. Manooghi Hi released two albums: “Hi” and “Silence” and has performed at many festivals including the Sundance Film Festival and SxSW. Mehnaz has performed locally at Voodoo Fest with Leslie Blackshear Smith as well as with Indian Master Sarode player, Aashish Khan, and Shringar (Lawrence Sieberth, Andrew McLean, Michael Skinkus and the late saxophonist Tim Green). Mehnaz was featured at the 2015 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival with pianist Lawrence Sieberth.

Renard Boissiere blends an eclectic mix of songs, old and new, and sensibilities that reflects a love for good music from all cultures. From jazzy takes of folk favorites, or a hip bossa nova riff on a reggae classic, there are more than a few surprises up his sleeve. Renard has performed live with the Neville Brothers and Delfeayo Marsalis, recorded with Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz (The TomTom Club and Talking Heads) for Anne Savoy’s “Creole Bred” zydeco tribute, and opened for artists as varied as the late folk singer Odetta, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Psychedelic Furs, Smashmouth, and Toots & the Maytals.

Formed in 2010, Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps have made a name for themselves as a band playing music from around the world and across a variety of styles, from American folk and spirituals to Eastern European dance music to Ethiopian jazz to Colombian Cumbia.

UPCOMING EVENTS (Music events start at 8 PM unless otherwise noted; screenings start at 7 PM unless otherwise noted):

• Friday, July 21. SOLO GUITAR: GLENN ROTH; SINGER-SONGWRITER: DANA MERRITT

• Saturday, July 22, 7 PM. GARAGE ROCK: DELICATE FLOWERS, DISCO TEEN ’66; FUNK ROCK: NEW AMSTERDAM NOBLES (A CAPITALH BOOKING SHOW)

• Sunday, July 23, 2 PM. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—HOWARD HAWK’S “THE BIG SLEEP” (1946)

• Wednesday, July 26. MUSIC FROM “THE SIMPSONS”: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRES OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS with SPECIAL GUESTS

• Thursday, July 27. INDIE SINGER-SONGWRITER: DANIELLE CAPALBO (of QUIET GIANT), SEAN HAROLD (of THE MID SEASON)

• Friday, July 28. WORLD MUSIC: NEELA

• Sunday, July 30, 2 PM. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—HOWARD HAWK’S “RIO BRAVO” (1959)

• Wednesday, Aug. 2. JAZZ: BADSLAX

• Thursday, Aug. 3, 7:30 PM. WOMEN’S FILM SCREENING: “THE MILKY WAY”—HOSTED BY THE JCC OF GREATER NEW HAVEN FOR WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK (FREE)

• Friday, Aug. 4, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: HONEY DEWDROPS (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Sunday, Aug. 6, 11-3 PM. ART SALE—ORIGINAL PRINTS

• Wednesday, Aug. 9. EXPERIMENTAL: HUMAN FLOURISHING, DAVE SCANLON, UNDERWEAR

• Thursday, Aug. 10. ALT-COUNTRY: PLYWOOD COWBOY

• Friday, Aug. 11. INDIE ROCK: LYS GUILLORN & HER BAND, ELISA FLYNN

• Sunday, Aug. 13, 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Wednesday, Aug. 16. INDIE ROCK: FURNSSS, TRASH CAN

• Thursday, Aug. 17. STEEL DRUM MUSIC: MIMOSA

• Fridy, Aug. 18. DEEP HAMDEN—A JAZZ MINI-FESTIVAL: ALLEN LOWE & FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE with SPECIAL GUESTS

• Saturday, Aug. 19. DEEP HAMDEN—A JAZZ MINI-FESTIVAL: AN HISTORIC; ROSEMARY MINKLER TRIO; BRIAN JARAWA GRAY

• Wednesday, Aug. 23. INDIE ROCK: ROZ & THE RICE CAKES, TEENAGE HALLOWEEN (A TINY BOX BOOKING SHOW)

• Thursday, Aug. 24. ROCK/JAZZ/SOUL: JOE STEIN; INDIE ROCK: ALEX MCGUIRE

• Friday, Aug. 25. POP ROCK: OBERON ROSE

• Tuesday, Aug. 29. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

• Thursday, Aug. 31. INDIE ROCK: DISCO TEEN ’66

• Friday, Sept. 8. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES

Thursday, Sept. 14. ACOUSTIC SOUL: CHRISSY GARDNER & ROBERT MESSORE

• Friday, Sept. 15, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Saturday, Sept. 16, 8 PM. EXPERIMENTAL/DRONE: GARDENER, LANDING

• Wednesday, Sept. 20. BLUEGRASS: BAIT AND SWITCH

• Friday, Sept. 22. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Friday, Sept. 29. FOLK: FLINT LADDER

• Saturday, Sept. 30. SINGER-SONGWRITER: JOHN GORKA (ODDBALL PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Oct. 6. INDIE ROCK/SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE SHELLYE VALAUSKAS EXPERIENCE

• Friday, Oct. 13. FLASH FICTION: PAUL BECKMAN

• Friday, Oct. 20. BLUEGRASS: MISSY RAINES & THE NEW HIP (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN (SOLD OUT!)

• Friday, Mar. 16. BLUEGRASS: ZOE & CLOYD (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)