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‘Tomstock’ annual concert to help Sanibel firefighter in need

By Staff | Apr 6, 2016

Matt Stachler, a firefighter at the San Carlos Park Fire District No. 52, is one of the co-founders of “Tomstock”, along with Captain Medic Tom Tracy of the Sanibel Fire Department. BRIAN WIERIMA

What started as an outdoor music fest in Captain Tom Tracy’s field outside of Fort Myers, has turned into an annual event which benefits those in need.

“Tomstock” which is named after Captain Tracy, will be benefitting someone close to home in Sanibel firefighter EMT Carl Johanson, who was in a serious head-on car collision on the Sanibel Causeway Jan. 24, not at the fault of his own.

The event will be held Saturday, April 9, and is a one-day food and music festival. The Tomstock Grounds are at 10600 Sharon Drive in North Fort Myers and will run from 12:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Cost is $10, which will benefit Johanson, and will include food and entertainment. More information on the event can be found at tomstockfestival.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Tomstock.

Johanson was pinned in his car after the head-on collision, while his friends and co-workers from the Sanibel Fire Department worked on getting him out.

Carl Johanson (right) will be in attendance at Tomstock April 9. (Photo from GoFundMe Johanson page.)

Johanson suffered two fractures in one of his lower legs, with compound fractures in each his tibia and fibia. He had four feet of intestine removed due to internal injuries.

He has undergone two surgeries, one on his leg and another to treat his internal injuries. He will be scheduled to undergo another in the near future.

He is currently out of the hospital and undergoing rehab and has lost over 40 pounds since the accident.

“He is estimated to be out of work for six months to a year,” said Tomstock co-founder Matt Stachler, who is a firefighter for the San Carlos Park Fire District No. 52. “It’s killing him he can’t be as active as he was and not be at work.”

Johanson’s Recovery Fund at GoFundMe.com, located at , has currently raised $18,673 for medical expenses and to help purchase a new vehicle, which his old one was a total loss.

Carl Johanson’s vehicle after the head-on collision on the Sanibel Causeway Jan. 24. (Photo from GoFundMe Johanson page.)

Tomstock will have bands of all kinds of different genres from 12:30 to 10:30 p.m. The event will generate funds through the $10 entry fee, raffles, T-shirt sales, donations and sponsors.

“Tomstock started when Tom (Tracy) and I decided to throw a big party on his land nine years ago,” Stachler said. “I was in a band and Tom helped me get into the fire service business. We decided to start throwing it for a good cause, so it would benefit someone.”

The last five years, Tomstock was moved to Tracy’s father’s land in North Fort Myers. A storage/stage area has been built and electricity has been run out to it.

Attendees can camp out for the night, and enjoy music from local bands, bbq and cornhole tournaments.

“It’s just a good time for a good cause,” Stachler said.

This year’s Tomstock lineup includes: Onions (acoustic), Thomas (acoustic-country), Howling Jack, Super John (acoustic), Ed and the Off Beats, Indecision, High Five Friday, Robby Hutto and the Absent Minded Band and Bite the Bullet (alternative rock).

The event also have sponsors, which are coordinated by Steve Strickler and Kym Mason, who is a familiar face on Sanibel.

“We have some great options on the silent auction, in which Kym has collected,” Stachler said. “There are some great items from Sanibel businesses, such as fisherman charter trips, hotel stays and restaurant gift cards.”

It’s a bring your own booze format, since the only thing served at Tomstock is food and parking is free. Great White Grill on Sanibel is supplying the chicken to be smoked and Mission BBQ of Fort Myers will also be hand serving great BBQ.

“We have averaged about 350 to 550 people in the past years, but our goal is to reach 1,000 this year,” Stachler said. “We also have a goal to collect over $10,000.”

There are no pets allowed and there is an 18-year-old age limit.

For more information, visit the Tomstock website at or call Stachler at 239-634-4516.