Who cares the day of the week as long as the music is good.


Who cares the day of the week as long as the music is good.

“Thursdays at the Theatre” moves to Friday this month, the schedule change to accommodate the return of The Villagers.

The local group, first formed at Chipola Junior College in the 1960s, brings back its signature “surf rock and vinyl” on Friday, Aug. 25 at the historic Port Theatre, the show beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

The Villagers, with George Boyer, are a bit historic also.

The Villagers were a popular Florida group that came together in the mid-1960s.

Among their concerts was a July 4, 1968 date at the Centennial Building.

The performed around the state for years and the group cut its first record at with Rick Hall at Fame Studios.

One of the group’s tunes, “Laugh if Off,” reached No. 1 on the WDLP Funtastic 59 chart in Michigan and another, “Where Have You Been” hit No. 4 on the WBAM Top 40 in Montgomery.

As life pulled the band members their separate ways after college, singer Cliff Ellis became a successful major college basketball coach at Clemson University, Auburn University and Coastal Carolina University.

They reunited for the fourth time in 15 years for a music festival in Port St. Joe in 2014 and have appeared locally several times since.

They will be joined on stage by local artist George Boyer, whose bands have been performing in the area for decades.

General admission to the concert is $10, with doors opening at 6:45 p.m. ET.

VIP tickets, which include a meet-and-greet with the band with doors opening at 6 p.m. ET, are $30.

Tickets are available at The Port Inn, Haughty Heron, Krazyfish and Sunset Grill.

The Port Theatre is located at 316 Reid Ave. in the heart of downtown Port St. Joe.

“Thursdays the Theatre” is a monthly arts series that began in January.

The series aims to expand the offerings at the historic theatre, showcasing the potential for the theater as a local non-profit undertakes a campaign to renovate the facility, built in the 1930s.

While the theater remains rustic, “Thursdays at the Theatre” have demonstrated the building maintains impressive acoustics.