Asli Omar, the charming lead singer of longtime local band The Tontons, grew up in the Museum District. After stints in Georgia and NYC, she’s glad to be back in her hometown performing full-time — and delighted to be headlining LaB 5555 this Friday, Feb. 8.
HMNS: You’re from Houston. You told visithoustontexas.com that one of the best things Houston has to offer is our museums. Do you have any early memories of the science museum?
Asli Omar: My parents used to take me all the time! I remember being really fascinated with the water globe. My friends and I used to go and try and stop it and move it again. I grew up in the area, so I used to go on free days and on holidays with my friends and family.
HMNS: Do you have a nerdy, geeky side?
AO: Most of me is nerdy/geeky! I had a rock collection when I was a little kid and used to buy rocks in the gift store.
HMNS: Is there anything in particular you’re excited about seeing when you’re here for LaB?
AO: I haven’t been in about a year, but I always loved the gem room. Every girl probably likes the gemstones. It’s honestly an honor to be a part of something like LaB. Houston has great museums and think it’s cool that so many are incorporating music and diversifying their audiences.
Catch Asli rock it out with The Tontons this Friday at LaB 5555: Tea, where Te House of Tea owner Connie Lacobie will be on-hand to discuss the culture of tea drinking and the historical and political impacts of the tea trade. Get your dancin’ pants on with this live performance of The Tontons’ single, “Sea and Stars”: