Fri., Dec. 18, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sat., Dec., 19, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 20, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Mon., Dec. 21, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Yoshi’s (510 Embarcadero West, Oakland). $37-$75. Yoshis.com
Oakland trio Tony! Toni! Toné! emerged in the late Eighties as an R&B sensation and then released several platinum albums during the early Nineties. Composed of brothers Dwayne Wiggins and Raphael Saadiq and their cousin Timothy Christian Riley, the group was known for syrupy harmonies that often harked back to traditional gospel music. In addition to having impressive vocal chops, unlike other groups of the same ilk, the members of Tony! Toni! Toné! also played musical instruments, and their tracks often prominently featured Wiggins’ elaborate guitar playing. Though the group disbanded in 1996 after the release of its critically acclaimed final studio album, House of Music, Wiggins and Riley began performing together again in 2006, this time with another cousin, Amar Khalil, on lead vocals. While fans wait for Tony! Toni! Toné!’s forthcoming reunion album, they can catch these hometown heroes live every night at Yoshi’s from December 18 through December 21.
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