A year from now Rich Garvey will be likely be a Mainroom show, not an Entry show like it is tonight, so get up close to the up-and-coming MC at First Avenue while you can. In addition to the requisite claims of realness, ladies, and bluntz, the Liberian-born, MPLS-residing Garvey adds creative and clever rhymes over Travis Gorman‘s fantastic beats. It’s no surprise he was nominated for the “Next Up” category at the 5th annual Twin Cities hip-hop awards and it’s no surprise that such an impressive collection of talent—including P.O.S—will also be taking the stage in support tonight. 8 PM. $18 door.Margeaux Devereaux

First Avenue, 701 1st Ave N, MPLS; first-avenue.com