Haitian, Jamaican and West African influences permeate new world soul ensemble Zili Misik, whose members hail from Trinidad, Japan and North America, five of them graduates of Berklee College of Music. Taking its name from the Haitian deity Ezili, a spiritual entity depicted as a mother, lover and warrior, the band is built around the compositions of founder and multi-instrumentalist Kera M. Washington, a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Hand Drumming Competition. The band’s two albums, 2007’s New World Soul and last year’s Zeelee Meeseek, inspire free movement. They perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at the Ogle Center at Indiana University Southeast. Tickets are $22.50, $10 for students and educators. Visit www.zilimisik.com.
They return to Headliners Music Hall (1386 Lexington Road, 584-8088) tonight with The Romany Rye. Dawes are working on material as-yet-untitled new album. Listen www.myspace.com/dawestheband and www.myspace.com/theromanyrye.
Jared Leto should stick to his dayjob, but New Politics, the opener for 30 Seconds To Mars on Thursday, Oct. 28, at Expo Five (2900 S. Seventh St. Road, 7 p.m., $25), wins points for theatrics. David Boyd, the singer of the Danish group, livens up the shows by performing backflips and breakdancing. Jams located at www.newpoliticsrock.com.
Bop Yo Trunk
Bop Yo Trunk Productions throws a hip-hop, comedy and spoken-word showcase that’ll take over Brick House (1101 S. Second St., 310-9253, www.brycc.org) beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30. More show details at www.soundclick.com/bopyotrunkent.
We’ll have guitarist Chris Stapleton from The Steeldrivers (www.steeldrivers.com) this week, talking about the band’s new Rounder Records album, Reckless. Listen at Bluegrass Catastrophe, bluecat.leoweekly.com.