For York County musician Dan Brenner, the Taste of Pennsylvania Wine and Music Festival is more than just another gig.
It's also the CD release party for his first full-length studio album.
Brenner used the crowd-funding website Kickstarter to raise more than $3,000 from his fans to produce the album. Production began in July. Just over nine months later, he held the newborn creation for the first time.
"I absolutely can't wait to get this album out to the public," Brenner says. "I'm proud of the music and I really hope people will have an easy time relating to the songs."
Titled "Love and Loss," the album covers the spectrum of both, from songs Brenner says celebrate life with "bright and driving sound" to the darker elements of "Truth." The overall mood is bound together with singer-songwriter pop style.
Brenner will perform from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 18, during the festival at the York Fairgrounds, 334 Carlisle Ave. The album will be available for $10, and the singer will happily meet fans and sign autographs after his set.
The festival: Admission to the all-ages festival is free. The fun lasts from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19, with a separate beer garden event from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
Musical acts include Ronn Benway & the Train to Salvation as well as Brenner on Saturday afternoon; Reid Doner, the Saints of Sorrow and Garrahan's Ghost on Saturday night; and Don't Tell and Suzi Brown on Sunday.
Although the music is free, patrons who want to drink will need a ticket. Designated drivers receive free water and soda as well as a T-shirt for $10. Wine lovers receive a souvenir glass and unlimited samples for $18. Beer lovers get the same for $20. Attendees must be 21 to drink alcoholic beverages.
-- Reach Mel Barber at firstname.lastname@example.org.