Cherry Red, $10, 8 p.m., Dec. 28

Blue Lamp, 8 p.m., $10

As far as rap monikers go, local emcee Cherry Red's seems pretty spot on. It references her most striking feature, her bright red hair, which is literally the color of cherries. Before calling Sacramento home, she used to rap in Florida. She comes to us fully formed, with some serious club-banging beats, and a strong, confident flow. She raps a lot about partying (“Where the Party at?” and “Party With Me,” the latter featuring Century Got Bars), though she does get serious every once in a while and talk about her difficult past, and all the obstacles she's had to overcome to get where she is now. 1400 Alhambra Boulevard,