MENDON — Promoters of Tabfest have brought a lot of good music to town, and collected a lot of money and tabs to recycle for charity in the last 16 years. They’re doing it all one final time with concerts today and Saturday.
“All good things must come to an end, and this is our final Tabfest,” said promoter Mike Switzer. “This started when we were all in our early 20s. Now, 16 years later we’re pleased with what has been accomplished."
Indeed, over the course of the festival more than $40,000 has been raised, and almost 10,000 pounds of aluminum can tabs have been collected for charity. Tabfest founder Curt Albers has said that with this year’s line-up of bands, he’s asking long-time Tabfest supporters to put an exclamation point on the long-time commitment to charities.
“The tabs we’ve collected are roughly the weight of an elephant. That’s a lot of tabs,” Switzer said. Those tabs are recycled to support Ronald McDonald House Charities.
And while the cause is good, so is the music that has come to Mendon over the course of the festival.
This year, the musical line-up includes rock, blues, jazz, country, folk and blue grass. Performers include The One-Eyed Show, Mike Perkins, Freekbass, The Recipe, the Spike Drivers, Aliver Hall, Purple Overcoat, Petey and the Diners, Ryan Fox and Aaron Cooper.