Stone Sour, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, The Rave, 2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. Tickets: $35-$45. Call 414-342-7283.
Stone Sour, one of the acts at the 2017 Sonic Boom concert in Janesville last fall, is a popular heavy metal rock band that formed in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1992. The group has released six studio albums.
The band is led by frontman Corey Taylor, an original member who plays guitar and sings. Despite having spent more time as a member of Stone Sour, Taylor gained fame as a member of the metal band Slipknot, which also formed in Des Moines.
Taylor is the only member of the band from its original incarnation. Newer members have arrived in recent years, joining long-serving guitarist Josh Rand. Since 2013, Taylor and Rand have been joined onstage by Roy Mayorga on drums, Johny Chow on bass and Christian Martucci on guitar.
Stone Sour’s most recent album, “Hydrograd,” was named Hard Rock Album of the Year at the 2017 Loudwire Music Awards. “Hydrograd” is the first Stone Sour album to feature the current band members.
Along with featuring some of the Taylor’s best-ever hooks, the album features a more hard-rock sound than the alt-metal Stone Sour has performed in the past.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, Overture Hall, Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State St., Madison. Tickets: $25-$60. Call 608-258-4141, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, The Pabst Theater, 144 E. Wells St., Milwaukee. For tickets, call 414-286-3663.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo is South Africa’s most famous choral group, singing in the traditional styles of the region and disseminating the music across the globe.
The a cappella, all-male group formed in 1960 and received worldwide acclaim after singing on Paul Simon’s “Graceland” album in 1986. It has been nominated for 16 Grammy Awards and has won five.
The band’s most recent Grammy win came at last month’s ceremonies for the album “Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration.” The album was released last year and won in the Best World Music Album category. Simon produced the original “Shaka Zulu” album for Ladysmith Black Mambazo in 1987, and it won the group its first Grammy for Best World Music Recording.
The group is known for its multilayered harmonies and singing in two ethnic styles of South African music: isicathamiya (traditional Zulu) and mbube (a style created by South African singer Solomon Linda). It also is recognized for spectacular performances that include traditional dress and dances.
Thanks to the platform provided by Simon, Ladysmith Black Mambazo launched itself internationally and now tours the world. The band’s style is the most widely recognized form of South African music, and the group is the country’s single most famous musical ambassador.
Steve Winwood, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, The Riverside Theater, 116 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. Tickets: $55-$75. Call 414-286-3663.
Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Steve Winwood has been a force on the rock and pop music scene since the mid-1960s. He found a hugely successful blend of pop and R&B in the 1980s after two decades of working in blues, rock and experimental bands.
Winwood, 69, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 as the leading member of Traffic, which existed from 1967-74. Before that, he performed in the Spencer Davis Group.
In 1969, he was a member with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker of the supergroup Blind Faith, which lasted less than a year before disbanding. Winwood then regrouped Traffic until ’74 and launched a solo career in ‘77. Rolling Stone magazine named him one of the greatest singers of all time, and he won two Grammy Awards for his song “Higher Love,” a No. 1 hit on the Billboard charts in 1986.
Winwood began working with Clapton in the ‘60s. While still a teenager, he joined the Spencer Davis Group and co-wrote and sang on the hits “Gimme Some Lovin’” and “I’m a Man” before leaving the group in 1967. He then formed Traffic and recorded several albums that are considered among the greatest of the period, including “Low Spark of High Heeled Boys,” on which Winwood sang most of the songs and played almost all the instruments.
Winwood’s most commercially successful efforts came after starting his solo career. Today, he leads the Steve Winwood Band, which released albums in 2003 and ’08. He released “Live From Madison Square Garden,” with Clapton in 2009 and last year released a greatest hits album.
Nick Thune, 8:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 15-17, The Comedy Club on State Street, 202 State St., Madison. Tickets: $15-$20. Call 608-256-0099.
An actor, comedian and musician, Nick Thune hails from Seattle but moved to Los Angeles at age 24 to pursue his career in stand-up comedy.
He has performed on “The Tonight Show” eight times, and he was featured in a “Comedy Central Presents” special in 2007. Along with numerous stand-up gigs, he has had roles in the movies “Knocked Up” and “Unaccompanied Minors.”
In February 2009, Thune performed at the DTD Reality concert at the University of Southern California, and he released his debut album, “Thick Noon,” in February 2010. He was cast as a lead in the 2010 NBC pilot for “Beach Lane” starring opposite Matthew Broderick, but the pilot was not picked up as a series.
Thune has since made guest appearances on the several comedy programs, and last year he starred as the lead character in “Dave Made a Maze,” an adventure/horror/comedy film. The film centers on Thune’s character Dave, who builds a cardboard fort that somehow supernaturally houses a labyrinth full of deadly traps and creatures. It premiered at the Slamdance in January 2017 and won an Audience Award for Best Narrative.