Thursdays at the Theatre is returning to local roots next week.



Thursdays at the Theatre is returning to local roots next week.

The Currys, a family affair nurtured by Gulf County roots, will take the stage at the historic Port Theatre 7 p.m. ET next Thursday, July 20.

The concert continues the growth of the monthly series at the Port Theatre in downtown Port St. Joe.

And while the stage has been graced by other local artists, including a record launch for the Bo Spring Band, The Currys offer a unique Americana sound anchored by glorious melodies and harmonies.

The Currys are brothers Jimmy and Tommy and cousin Galen.

Jimmy and his older brother Tommy, both born and raised in Port St. Joe, began performing together around local clubs during summers off from college and careers.

Separated by three years, Tommy was playing guitar and writing songs while in high school with Jimmy eventually picking up the bass.

Jimmy began playing the guitar his freshman year at William and Mary and eventually Tommy “reeled me in” to perform locally, in 2008, Jimmy said.

They began playing locally during the summer and steadily picked up gigs.

“We loved it,” Jimmy Curry said. “We had a great time, so much fun, and we come back each summer.”

A change came when their cousin Galen Curry joined the band prior to 2010.

Their music became known for fabulous harmonies and an energetic and charismatic stage show,

And, live, they became something of an interactive band.

“When you play as a trio, it is much more similar to three songwriters sharing each other’s songs,” said Tommy Curry last year prior to the band’s performance at the Blast on the Bay Songwriters’ Festival.

“And we like to banter with the audience, talk about our songs. That is part of the fun.”

The group has a new record out, “West of Here,” a set of songs that demonstrate the growth of their songwriting to match those intricate interlocking voices.

Each of three contributed songs to the album, which deals with the constant search for home.

”(Songwriting) is a lot of fun,” Jimmy said. “It is very rewarding and enjoyable to do. It kind of comes in flashes. Some take a long time to complete, others might come in an hour.

“Singer/songwriters, that whole genre had a big influence on us. We listened to a lot of Bob Dylan and Neil Young growing up because that is who our parents (Drs. Betty and Tom Curry) listened to. There are contemporary groups that play the same kind of music.”

After the release of their initial full-length record three years ago, the group launched a tour that took them across the country and to Europe, honing and tightening their live performances.

Over the past year, they have appeared locally at a number of events, from the songwriting festival to fundraisers for the Friends of St. Vincent Island National Wildlife Refuge and the Growing Minds Center.

In a sense, the appearance at the historic Port Theatre, brings the group full circle.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. ET, with general admission entry at 6:45 p.m. ET.

General admission tickets are $10 and available at the door or purchased at the Port Inn, Haughty Heron, Lookout Lounge, Krazy Fish and Sunset Coastal Grill.

VIP tickets are available at the same locations for $30.

VIP tickets provide entry to a meet-and-greet with The Currys and one drink ticket as well as entrance at 6 p.m. ET.