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Music notes: Cummings joins Zombies at the Arcada

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Classic voice

Burton Cummings' husky, distinctive voice lit up pop and rock radio during his days as frontman for the Guess Who, the Canadian band that churned out hits like "These Eyes," "American Woman" and "Laughing" in the late 1960s and early '70s. He continued to record music after leaving the band, either as a solo act or in collaboration with former Guess Who bandmate Randy Bachman. Cummings will perform this weekend in the suburbs with legendary British Invasion band the Zombies.

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8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Tickets start at $59. Go to oshows.com.

Punk legends

The Vibrators, part of the first wave of English punk rock in the mid-1970s, will play a rare U.S. concert right here in the suburbs. The band is touring behind its recent album, "The Guest List," which came out earlier this year. Here's a chance to see one of punk's pioneer bands in an intimate venue.

9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at the Brauerhouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing, Lombard. Teenage Schizoid, Voice of Addiction and Brick Assassin will also perform. $7. Go to brauerhouse.com.

Hit machine

There was a time when it seemed impossible to turn on the radio and not hear a Lionel Richie song. After a stint singing as part of the Commodores, the ageless pop crooner skyrocketed into the stratosphere as a solo artist in the 1980s, delivering a string of hits like "Truly," "Stuck on You," "All Night Long," "Say You, Say Me" -- the list goes on and on. Richie will run through his long set of hits during a show in Chicago this weekend.

7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison, Chicago. Tickets start at $39.50. Go to ticketmaster.com.

-- Matt Arado

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