by Stephanie Groves
Last weekend, I was thrilled to be invited to cover a seemingly new band from Houston called The Tontons. I arrived in the middle of Wild Child, the second opening band following Emily Wolfe, which was a great folky vibe reminiscent of the late 60′s. The harmonies of the lead vocals were a perfect match and had the shoulder to shoulder crowd dancing and singing.
During the short intermission my friend and I rushed the stage to grab the perfect spot. Suddenly, the crowd parted and I looked over to see lead singer Asli Omar walking through in a 60′s styled beige short dress, 5-inch wedge shoes and the most rockin’ Afro I had ever seen. She is a picturesque vision of a lead singer and even in her infancy, already knows how to make an entrance.
They rocked the house and arose such a commotion with the crowd, I had a crazy mustached man screaming in my ear during KUT’s song of the day “Golden” and had an entire glass of wine spilled on my shoes by a pushy photographer hogging the stage. Despite the obstacles, I was still able to enjoy the show and watch as the music seemed to consume and possess her. The Tontons have a special soul-infused indie sound that was surely entertaining and was truly the highlight of my evening. A definite must-see new and upcoming band!