Port St. Joe celebrates music through the years with festival

Music Fest

The lineup for the Music through the Years Music Fest on May 11 at George Core Park.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 09:13 AM.

The Music through the Years Music Festival will be held on May 11 at George Core Park and will serve as a fundraiser for the Port St. Joe Centennial Celebration events scheduled to take place in June and July.

The festival will be headlined by The Villagers, a popular Florida group from the mid-1960s that will reunite for the fourth time in 15 years.

The group’s most notable tune, “Laugh it Off,” reached No. 1 on the WDLP Funtastic 59 chart in Michigan and “Where Have You Been” hit No. 4 on the WBAM Top 40 in Montgomery.

Locals may even recall the dance they played at the Centennial Building on July 4, 1968.

Formed at Chipola College, the group gigged around the state for years and cut its first record with Rick Hall at Fame Studios.

As the band members went their separate ways, singer Cliff Ellis went on to become a basketball coach for Clemson University, Auburn University and most recently, Coastal Carolina University.

The Panama City act, Go Big or Go Home, is scheduled to open the event with their 15-person band jamming out the biggest hits from the 1970s to today.

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