At age 16, Kev Rowe received his first electric guitar and began his first job working as a cook in Hot Rocks, now the Brick Walk Cafe, at Chautauqua. Now a professional solo musician with three albums produced, Rowe returns to perform at 9 p.m. tonight in the College Club.
Born and raised in Jamestown, N.Y., Rowe worked at Chautauqua part-time for years while trying to jump-start his musical career. He worked as the chef garde manger in the Athenaeum Hotel for six years, after having been moved from the Hot Rocks to the Park Grill in the St. Elmo.
“Way beyond just having a job there, there’s a culture at Chautauqua of arts and free thinking and that’s kind of in the air, and that soaks into you over time,” Rowe said. “So it’s cool for me to be able to come back and play, doing what I love, in a place that helped get me to where I could do it.”