JOHN LEGEND8 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $232.
It's a banner season for soul music fans. The symphony just offered a tribute to Motown, long-absent Maxwell comes to Verizon Arena in October and on Saturday we get John Legend
, probably the most acclaimed performer in contemporary soul music, making his first ever appearance in Little Rock. He comes armed with a short career's worth of material that's already netted him six Grammies, a couple of platinum albums and enough hit singles to fill a mixtape (you'd definitely want to include MSTRKRFT's “Heartbreaker,”
to which he lends guest vocals; it's one of the best singles of the year). “Evolver” is his latest album. It finds the crooner — whose stage name reflects his throwback sound — playing against type: enlisting, for the first time, a hip-hop guest star (Andre 3000 on the single “Green Light”), working in chunky synth lines, flexing a new bravado. Fittingly, as he told me in an interview (read it on page 55) last month, his tour is bolder than in the past, with a 10-piece backing band and energetic production. Laura Izibor