Elvis is back in ‘Legends in Concert’ at Bally’s, with Katy Perry, Michael Bublé, Tom Jones and Tina Turner
Scott Keo: Wedding Singer Becomes A Legend
The couples who once hired Southern California entertainer Scott Keo as their wedding singer must have thought they hit the jackpot, since this smooth crooner has the saloon singer vibe down pat and he sounds just like Michael Bublé to boot. It was the Bublé connection that led Keo to Vegas and now to Atlantic City in his Legends In Concert debut as the Canadian heartthrob. But let’s let Keo tell you his story.
“I have been an entertainer my whole life,” he explains. “As a one-man band, in bands, as a wedding DJ and wedding singer. I heard Bublé in 2005 singing ‘Home’ and I thought I heard my twin. It was just amazing. I fell in love with the voice and I did research on him and how he did jazz and American standards. I loved how he took the songs and made them his own. I started doing a Bublé tribute at the cocktail hour of my wedding shows.” Thanks to the reception of his Bublé tribute, he started getting gigs across the country, and then went to Vegas. When he saw Legends in Concert he realized, “ Legends would be a great fit. I could bring the Rat Pack feel in a fresh new energetic way.”
It took him a couple of years to get an audition, but now Atlantic City audiences are enjoying his debut in the show. He’s also enjoying his first trip to both Atlantic City and New Jersey, using a newly purchased bicycle to ride around and check out the area. He also intends to make use of the beach volleyball courts near Showboat since he has used volleyball as his workout the last couple years — sounding like the classic Southern California dude he is.
“It’s a great town and I’m really happy to be here. The audiences have been phenomenal. They’re respectful, happy and appreciative, everything I could hope for as a performer.”
Legends Hosts Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest
When Elvis died his fans refused to let go, which created a need for Elvis tribute artists to fill the void. Those tribute artists led, in turn, to a demand for tributes to other great artists, which led to Legends in Concert, celebrating its 30th year in 2013. Because of the strong Elvis-Legends bond, it is no surprise that the show participates in the annual Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artists Contest, sponsored by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.
The Legends In Concert Theater at Bally’s Atlantic City will play host to an official Ultimate ETA preliminary battle on Saturday, June 15 at 7pm. Tickets are $32.50 adults, $16.25 for kids 3-16. Winner of this round will then go on to compete in the finals competition held in Memphis during August’s Elvis Week. Part of the prize package for the winner in Memphis is a contract to perform in Legends in Concert.
On Saturday night at The Showroom at Golden Nugget, producer/director/entrepreneur (and former professional football player) Gary Weinlein returns to Atlantic City with the latest version of his Sixties Rock Experience, which is heavily centered on the “British Invasion” in its current incarnation and the 50th anniversary of that musical cultural phenomenon.
While the 'Legends' show will lose its current Atlantic City theater, Mark Kogan, manager of the Atlantic City 'Legends in Concert' show, is confident that a new home will be found. Says Kogan, “With the great relationship with have with Bally’s [Caesars Entertainment] we expect to be back in 2014.”
I’d always meant to check out the Ultimate Elvis preliminary contest that has taken place in Atlantic City the last few years. This year not only did I attend the event, I was asked to be a judge for the contest, sponsored by On Stage Touring, the Legends in Concert production company officially licensed by Elvis Presley Enterprises to do the contest.