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Tony, Toni, Tone bring the swing to 'Valentine Jam' Thursday

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By Allison Horton
ahorton@suntimes.com

If you miss the '90s and R&B is your jam, hit up the Arie Crown Theater Thursday night.

While it's the romantic holiday, both singles and couple can celebrate the holiday by dancing up a sweat at the New Jack Swing Valentine Jam. The lineup includes Tony, Toni, Tone; SWV; Dru Hill; and Al B. Sure.

Dwayne Wiggins of Tony, Toni, Tone said he is looking forward to performing on his birthday, which falls on Valentine's Day.

This year also marks the group's 25th anniversary in the music business, Wiggins said.
"Expect us to celebrate like it's our anniversary, no pun intended," said Wiggins, alluding to the group's 1993 hit single "Anniversary."

Tony Toni Tone was comprised of brothers Raphael Saadiq and Wiggins along with cousin Timothy Christian Riley. Since 1998, cousin Amar Khalil, who has been a part of the band since its creation, has sung lead vocals while Saadiq pursued a solo career.

The group remains a family affair, Wiggins said, with Saadiq popping up and performing from time to time.
"Our group is so much family," Wiggins said. "When we get together it is so special because the music is more than just songs to us.

"The music represents what we were going through and were learning," Wiggins said. "It is beautiful to be able to still celebrate like that."

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