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FRIDAY 5/30

AUGUST ALSINA

9 p.m. Clear Channel Metroplex. $35.

XXL magazine's annual "Freshmen" issue, designed to introduce emerging young rappers, hasn't actually broken any new artists since the invention of YouTube, but the 2014 list's inclusion of August Alsina was notable nevertheless, if for no other reason than that he isn't a rapper. The 21-year-old New Orleans native, who released his debut, "Testimony," in April, is an R&B singer in the classical sense of the term, a sensitive crooner from a rough background. His appearance on the "Freshmen" cover is just another indication of the wave of buzz he's riding at the moment, momentum not at all hurt by his pattern of collaborations with high-profile Atlanta MCs like Jeezy, Rich Homie Quan and Trinidad James. If you don't recognize the name, you'd probably at least recognize the horn riff on his biggest hit, "I Luv This Shit." WS

SATURDAY 5/31

LEGENDS OF ARKANSAS FESTIVAL

Noon. First Security Amphitheater and Riverfront Park. Free.

Way back in March, the Legends of Arkansas Festival asked fans to vote for the local acts they'd most like to see headline a festival. The results are in, and the event, boldly scheduled only a week after the state's biggest music festival, promises to be a kind of grassroots, Arkansas-only antidote to the tourist-heavy Riverfest madness, a hometown hangover cure featuring the now-certified "Legends of Arkansas" Good Time Ramblers, Stephen Neeper and The Wild Hearts, Swampbird, 607, Flatland Funk Donors, Joe Pitts Band, Moonshine Mafia, Jamie Lou Thies and about a hundred others. It's free, family-friendly and gates open at 11 a.m., with an "official" after party scheduled at the Rev Room with DJs Ewell, Lawler, Joe C. and Teezy. WS

SATURDAY 5/31

POP on Main

Noon. Main Street between Markham and Second streets. $35 adults, $10 children 6-12.

Just because you aren't participating in the Gran Fondo (the Orbea/Mini Cooper/Ben E. Keith-sponsored 70-mile bike ride for 250 cyclists) doesn't mean you can't enjoy this sister pop-up event, with food by five top chefs and beer by Diamond Bear, outside Orbea bike's concept store. In the spirit of the pop-up neighborhood design events Little Rock's seen in the past couple of years, chefs Matt Bell of South on Main, Tomas Bohm of The Pantry, Donnie Ferneau of Good Food, Travis McConnell of Butcher & Public and Arturo Solis of le klaxon noir will offer a culinary pop-up, offering gourmet nosh at a price that would let you sample only a couple of these master chefs' talents. Also, you'll get to cheer on the arriving cyclists, who should start hitting the finish line at 11:30 a.m., right before the chow begins to be served up. Show up in Spandex if you want to horn in on the acclamation that will attend those who've just biked to East End and back. The Arkansas Times and Ben E. Keith Foods are the Pop on Main sponsors. LNP

SATURDAY 5/31

BRIAN POSEHN

9 p.m. Juanita's. $15.

There's a running joke in "The Comedians of Comedy," the 2005 stand-up tour documentary, about Brian Posehn getting recognized in public only for his role on the sitcom "Just Shoot Me!" These days, it's one of the more dated bits in the film, as Posehn is a constant presence in the comedy nerd community, with three live albums, a host of high-profile appearances on shows like "The Sarah Silverman Program" and "Tim and Eric," a feature-length special (a Netflix hit called "The Fartist"), headlining spots at Bonnaroo and the Gathering of the Juggalos and a podcast called "Nerd Poker," which I'm pretty sure is just him playing Dungeons and Dragons with his friends. Angry Patrick and Michael Brown will open. WS

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