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  • The logo for Vocalo and Young Chicago Authors’ Block Party

On Saturday the Portage Theater hosts a jam-packed show called “Midwest Legends,” which features a Chicago hip-hop trifecta—Crucial Conflict, Twista, and Do or Die—and Cleveland rap kingpins Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. The show is sold out, but if you didn’t snap up a ticket you might be able to take comfort in the fact that you could be avoiding a scheduling snafu. The “Midwest Legends” show is double booked on Saturday, with the first performance kicking off at Mojoes in Joliet about two hours before the Portage gig officially begins. It’s possible that the show can hit both spots, but the chance of traffic congestion affecting the Chicago concert is certainly high.

If you’re looking for other Saturday hip-hop options Vocalo and Young Chicago Authors have things covered with their sixth annual Winter Block Party at Metro. It kicks off at noon with a variety of performances on the main stage and in Smart Bar, including a fashion show featuring City of Win, a Louder Than a Bomb open mike, and a b-boy and b-girl dance competition that runs all day. The party is free, but only until 6 PM—after that the evening concert kicks off at 7 PM for a small fee ($10 or $7 for students).

The inexpensive ticket is a boon considering the talent on the bill: Mick Jenkins headlines, and ShowYouSuck, Saba, Noname Gypsy, and Daryl Alexis open. Mick Jenkins and Saba made two of my favorite releases of last year, ShowYouSuck has an excellent track record of putting on one of the most commanding and fun performances in town, and Noname Gypsy’s effervescently cool mixture of slam poetry, soul, and hip-hop hit makes for a great live show. The concert may not have “legend” in the title, but these artists are still mapping out their places in hip-hop history.

Leor Galil writes about hip-hop every Wednesday.