The cellar at Bargetto Winery was transformed into an intimate concert venue Saturday night, for the unlikely combination of hip hop music among the wine barrels.
Ross Rock's Birthday Bash featured performances from several different local rappers, including Ross Rock, YTDoDat, Alwa Gordon, Fury, S.C.U.M., LP, Mac Jar and Monikape, Addam Antium, and the unnanounced appearance of Chris Rene, Santa Cruz's favorite star of the "X-Factor".
Rene performed a song called "Thankful" with Mac Jar and Monikape of the Love Life crew, and stayed to show his support for all of the artists.
"It feels so good to be hanging out in Santa Cruz hanging out for a weekend," said Rene, who heads back to LA to do a tour for the radio on Monday.
Rene just finished shooting his music video in Santa Cruz of the song "Young Homie," which comes out on February 28.
"It's all about being thankful basically, or just learning how to appreciate life," said Rene.
Around 100 friends and fans came out to support the artists and celebrate Rock Ross's birthday. This is the second hip hop show Bargetto Winery has hosted, and although the sound quality wasn't state-of-the-art, the show was an overall success.
"It was amazing to see all of the artists working together," said Cheir Harty, assistant event coordinator at Bargetto. "They all had a positive spirit. It was like an epic farmily. I'm honored to see artists supporting Bargetto as a local venue. Chris Rene showing up was the icing on the cake."
For more music at Bargetto Winery, check out their Jazz in the Cellars series, which runs every Friday in February and March.