Area residents gathered at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena Friday evening to catch one of the final performances by Jackson Rohm.
During his performance, Rohm featured a mix of covers and originals. He kept things contemporary by covering tunes by Mumford and Sons, Phillip Phillips' "Home" and Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive," but also drew the audience in with classics such as Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline," during which the audience sang along. Many of Rohm's fans decided to join in on several of Rohm's originals, such as "One More Fourth Of July" and "Blindsided." Rohm also did a fan a favor by wishing an autistic youth a happy birthday and performing "Gasoline And Matches" by request of the child's parents.
According to Rohm, Friday's performance was his fifth show held at the arena, including a performance outside during last year's Big City concert series.
"Since the arena opened it has been so good at creating opportunities to have entertainment, whether it's national acts or local guys like me - which is such a great thing for this town," said Rohm. "I did (The Big City concert series) last summer. It was a beautiful night, and who doesn't like being outside during the summertime. The room I'm in tonight, because of the weather, is a great one. It sounds good in there, you can fit a lot of people, but it still feels pretty intimate. When I played the main stage last time I was here in March, it was so big, and I prefer a little more of an intimate setting - the closer the crowd can be, the better."
Rohm, a Lakewood native and a 1989 graduate of Southwestern High School, first began his musical career in sixth grade. Through the course of his more than 20 year career as a full-time musician, Rohm recorded seven albums. His first, entitled "Twisted and Misguided," was released in 2000, and his most recent, "Blindsided," was released in 2012. However, fans won't likely be hearing anything new for a while, as Rohm will relocate to Northern California in late July. He isn't going to California to continue his musical career, rather he will take on a new challenge by dusting off a finance degree he obtained in his 20s. He currently resides in Buffalo with his wife, Theresa, a Syracuse native, and their dog Auggie, who will join Rohm on his new adventure.
According to Matt Hanson, events manager for JSBA, Rohm is exactly the type of entertainer the arena strives to provide for its guests.
Jackson Rohm performing at the Jamestown Saving Bank Arena during the Big City concert series.
P-J photo by Dusten Rader
"He's super easy to work with, is one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet and it seems like everyone from 10 years old to 80 seems to like Jackson," said Hanson. "So, from the Arena's standpoint, being a family-oriented community center, he is the perfect act to bring in here because he appeals to such a wide range of people, which is why we continue to bring him back. He's moving over to the West Coast, so we're hoping that he'll come back to the area once in a while and play here, but we wish him all the best."
Hanson was particularly happy with the fact that Rohm decided to pick the JSBA as one of the places he performed his farewell concerts.
"He has a bunch of options ... so to be able to have him as one of his last performances was really nice of him and it shows that he appreciates us, and vice versa we appreciate having him continue to come," said Hanson.
Rohm's performance was part of JSBA's Big City Summer concert series, which features local and regional acts every Friday evening from 7-9 p.m. either outside or in the arena due to inclement weather. Upcoming performers include Cindy Haight, Smackdab, The Bogarts and Mosaic Foundation. Jamestown Savings Bank Arena is located at 319 W. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information call 484-2624, visit jamestownarena.com or the JSBA Facebook and Twitter pages.
Rohm's farewell show is set for Saturday, July 27, from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at The Village Casino, 1 Lakeside Drive in Bemus Point. But, before that there are several other opportunities to catch Rohm in the area. Rohm's upcoming performances include: Friday, July 5, 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., The Village Casino, 1 Lakeside Drive in Bemus Point; Tuesday, July 9, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Chautauqua Institution College Club, 1 Ames Ave. in Chautauqua; Wednesday, July 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Celoron Park in Celoron; Thursday, July 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Mayville Park in Mayville; Tuesday, July 23, 6-10 p.m., Crazy Jakes, 26 Webster St. in North Tonawanda; and Thursday, July 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Dunkirk Pier in Dunkirk.
For more information visit www.jacksonrohm.com.