Tony! Toni! Toné!

The Northern Lights Theater 1721 W Canal Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53233
Price: $50/$45/$40

Friday, October 11 at 8 p.m.

Tony Toni Toné is a group regarded the world-over as talented, authentic musicians who made some of the best R&B music of the 80s and 90s. From fun, upbeat, smash hits like “Feels Good,” to blues-leaning classics like “The Blues” to their signature love ballads like “Anniversary,” the sound of Tony Toni Toné is soulful, organic, classic and instantly recognizable. The group’s ability to create songs that perfectly married the stylings of the soul and funk gods of the 70s with the technology and hip-hop-infused R&B of the 90s made them icons of their generation.

Officially formed in 1986, Tony Toni Toné included D’Wayne Wiggins on lead vocals and guitar, Raphael Saadiq on lead vocals and bass, and their cousin, Timothy Christian Riley, on drums and keyboards. With the help of dream production and songwriting team Denzil Foster and Thomas McElroy, the Tonys set out to make their musical mark on the world. And the rest, as they say, is history.

The group released five albums in all, including Who? (1988),The Revival (1990), Sons of Soul (1993), House of Music (1996), and Hits (1997). After their debut album, the trio quickly expanded their roles as singers and musicians to songwriters and producers of their music, leading to their distinctive sound and timeless songs that remain in rotation on radio stations today.

The Tony's stats are impressive: 14 Billboard®-charting R&B singles; including five number-one hits, and three top-ten pop singles, one gold album, two platinum albums and one double-platinum album, and over six million albums sold. Tony Toni Toné also enjoyed success with songs on several movie soundtracks, including, Boyz in the Hood,House Party II, Jason's Lyric, The Mask, Panther, and Poetic Justice. They’ve amassed an impressive amount of awards, including a 1991 NAACP Image Award for "Vocal Group Of The Year," a 1991 American Music Award for "Favorite R&B/Soul Group," and an ASCAP Award for their single, "Feels Good."

In 1999 Amar Khalil took the reins as lead singer of the Tonys and currently tours with original members D’Wayne Wiggins and Timothy Christian Riley. Amar is both an impressive vocalist and a natural performer, displaying endless energy and showmanship during Tony Toni Toné’s live shows. In 2004, the group was featured on the song "Diary" with Alicia Keys which was nominated for a GRAMMY in the category of Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group.

D’Wayne, Tim, and Amar continue to perform to packed houses throughout the world. Recent shows included a performance at Wembley Stadium in London. Whether they’re performing at an intimate venue or a huge arena, every show is filled with enthusiastic audiences who come to experience Tony Toni Toné’s unique brand of classic, enduring music, which they’ve been serving to loyal fans for 27 years and counting.