Port Theatre Foundation kicks into high gear

Published: Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 02:57 PM.

Collins, who is under contract to be the next owner of the theater, met with Rick Ott last week regarding the filming of live music performances at the venue.

Ott is owner of “From the Heart of Sopchoppy Music Hour”, a show televised on WFSU which is the equivalent of Austin City Limits and features artists from the North Florida area.

“I’ve looked at the Port Theatre for several years,” said Ott. “I love Port St. Joe and Gulf County.”

Once Ott heard Collins’ plans to open the venue back up to live performances, he got in touch to see how soon he could begin recording.

Ott has recorded many music performances in his career including shows at the Monticello Opera House in Jefferson County and a month’s worth of performances in Ireland. He’s previously recorded in Gulf County and said that he looks forward to returning.

Collins said he hopes that Ott would be able to record three shows a year to be broadcast on WFSU to bring additional awareness to the area.

“The goal is to (reeducate) the people in the community with this wonderful old historic asset,” said Collins.

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