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Celebrity Fight Night produced by David Foster- 

The “Please shut up, I just want to listen” moment: Groban’s slow and soaring rendition of “Over the Rainbow” briefly ended the table chatter. Fans listened, mesmerized, as Groban showed why producer Foster believes there is no “next Josh Groban” out there. Few smartphones recorded the performance, as if out of respect.

Then came quite a moment.  Offering a short break after Groban’s breathtaking turn, Foster went into the audience looking for a guy who said he was a talented Michael Buble Tribute Artist. “Scott, are you here somewhere?” Foster said, wading into the seats. “You got 30 seconds. And not on stage. I’ll give you the third step.”

“Scott Keo” started Michael Buble’s “Feeling Good” on the third step, but long past the 30 seconds he was on stage, finishing next to Foster’s piano, and bringing the entire room to their feet. Scott Keo then vanished into the audience as David Foster shook his head in disbelief, saying  "Really good man.Wow!  Buble' better watch his back"  Video link HERE

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Scott Keo – Tribute to Michael Bublé  Laughlin Entertainer Magazine

Scott Keo

Many a quality singer has to go the tribute route if they wish to continue to sing as a full time career. Sure, they’re riding the coattails of someone else’s fame but they are also delivering music to audiences who may never get to experience that music live in any other setting.

When you take that tribute and wrap it around a show with some wit, comedy and your own personality, then you elevate things. That is what Scott Keo has done with his salute to the music of Michael Bublé playing the Riverside Resort, April 6-10.

Scott Keo is a quality singer who accidentally came across the music of Bublé and immediately loved what he heard. He knew his own voice could fit the Bublé style so he studied the singer’s stage presence and vocalization and put together his current show.

We caught up with Scott Keo last week via a phone interview. Here’s his take on…

His background…

Keo: I was in bands and one-man bands for a number of years before taking a break from live music and becoming a wedding DJ. I happened to come across a Michael Bublé song at a wedding for a cocktail hour and it just kind of jolted me. The song was “Home,” and it was my very first taste of the vocal stylings of Michael. I fell in love with the texture and phrasing of his voice. In my head, that’s the way a song should be sung.

At that time, I had no idea that he did big band-Rat Pack-Sinatra-type music. I just heard “Home” and figured he was some pop guy. But I found out he did do big band music. Before listening to Bublé, Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin were just off in the distance. I grew up a child of the ’80s with Michael Jackson, Van Halen…so I just went with the trend. But the way that Michael sings that style of music, now I get it. Now I realize why those songs are so amazing.

Some Rat Pack shows focus more on the characters and the camaraderie between the performers as friends. They tend to lose sight of the music. Do you agree?

Keo: Maybe sometimes there is too much emphasis on the character and getting it just right. It does take a little bit away from how beautiful the music is. And what Michael does is he puts the focus on the melody, the beauty of the vocal interaction with these intricate songs. But he puts a modern spin on all of that and gives it a sort of in-your-face kick—a modern let’s-step-it-up-a-bit approach, and bring it into today’s music. But it still has that massive respect for the construction and the arrangements of those songs.

That Bublé sound…

Keo: I think he’s one of the very best male vocalists of our time. I think he’s still underrated in that department because he doesn’t do operatic-type songs like a Josh Groban or a Andrea Bocelli. But Michael has amazing flexibility with his voice. He’s got great range and his pitch is dynamic. To say it with one word would be “butter”. It’s smooth and it’s genuine.

He is responsible for continuing to carry the torch of that type of music and introducing it to younger people who have never heard it that way. There is also his interaction between songs and his charisma with his audiences. So there’s really not a whole lot to not like about Michael.

Only a small percentage of people at my shows have actually seen Michael live because he’s a pricey ticket—averaging about $150-$200. I’ll say to the audience, “raise your hand if you’ve ever seen Michael Bublé live in person. Oh, great, only five people—that means the rest of you have no idea if I’m accurate or not. Now it becomes the Scott Keo show.” It’s all good.

His biggest challenge in putting together a show…

Keo: I think the in-between-songs work is probably the most challenging—that is, to entertain the audience, keep them excited, keep them interactive. It’s not just “here’s a song, here’s another song, here’s another song.” Oh, I’ll do back-to-back songs without talking now and then, but I really like to interact with the crowd, keep it light, maybe put a couple of jokes in there so  that it’s not so one-dimensional.

A couple of songs are emotional, so that’s nice to give people that up-and-down roller coaster ride where you can make them laugh, you can make them cry—and if you can entertain them with music you’ve got all three. That’s the trick—to keep them on all of the cylinders, having a good time and giving them a night that they won’t forget too soon.

As far as the voice, I wasn’t too far off from that when I started doing the tribute, but I really had to hone it. I had to rework it. I had to get a vocal coach. I went hours and hours and hours of trying to figure out how he makes it seem he’s singing the song so effortless.

What sets your show apart?

Keo: I think that I’m going to bring a perfect blend. I don’t want to sound “braggy” or cocky, but I channel Bublé—his essence, his moves, his vocal-isms, his mannerisms.

But I also flip the switch in the middle of his songs and give the audience Scott Keo. I think that’s very, very important, ’cause, yeah, they’re there to hear Bublé music and see what the show is all about, but they want to connect, they want to feel like they’re part of the show. I think probably that’s my strength, live. I’m able to be 100 percent vulnerable up there and really just connect. The key is to have fun while you’re doing it. And if you have fun it becomes infectious.

The band…

Keo: I’m bringing my Shake and Bake Band, a seven-piece band with three horns. I call it a “mini big-band,” ’cause they still pack a punch and give you that big band sound and feel even though it’s not a 21-piece symphony. It will make you feel like you’re back at the Tropicana in the old days, or the Riviera, or the Flamingo on the Vegas Strip—it’s that swingin’ feel.

Favorite Bublé song to perform

Keo: “Feelin’ Good”…because it has dynamics…It’s up, it’s down, it’s dramatic, it’s exciting, it’s exhilarating, it’s captivating. It is also probably the hardest song to do on the entire list so it’s the most challenging and the most rewarding.

An original makes the list…

Keo: In all my shows, I do at least one original song. So about halfway through when the audience is on board with me, I ask permission to do it. It’s called “All To You.” It’s my one-hit-wonder. I wrote it five years ago as a song to my mother to make up for all the crappy Mother’s Day gifts I’ve given her over the years. It took off in the wedding world as the “Mother-Son Dance” song and now it’s being played every weekend somewhere across the country at a wedding. It just hit 1.5 million views on YouTube a couple of weeks ago.

The song is emotional. I really have to go somewhere else mentally and emotionally otherwise I get too involved, especially if my mom is in the audience. Actually, she’ll be there on Friday.

Opening act….

Keo: A lot of singers will ask for an opener or another person to sing who they feel is not quite as good as they are. I’m not that way. I want the best for my show and Peter Petty is the best. He is one of THE best jazz singers in the world. He’s a throwback—a Vaudeville-type throwback—he doesn’t belong in our era. He’s a Cab Calloway type of guy and he’ll genuinely make you laugh while being an incredible jazz singer at the same time. Video footage HERE

 

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Scott Keo Prepares for Soulful Takeover at Livewire

What better way to welcome the season of spring than by listening to the soulful sounds of Scott Keo, the number one Michael Bublé tribute act. Scott has passionately captivated audiences all around. “I never loved jazz music,” Scott explained, “but I never hated it either.” He first was introduced to the swooning sounds of Michael Bublé while dj’ing at a wedding when he played the song “Home.” “After that I started looking his music up and completely fell in love with the songs and the vocals of Buble'.” After growing up on music like Guns N’ Roses, Scott described discovering Michael Bublé’s voice like “finding my twin.” As an audience listening to him, it would be easy to say it’s like listening to his twin as well. With his debut single “All To You” selling over 60,000 copies and grabbing the No. 1 spot on WeddingWire.com’s list of “Groom-Mother Song,” and the No. 2 spot on TheKnot.com, Scott is enjoying every moment.

Extremely passionate, his love for big band music is about as big as his love for our beautiful state. Scott has recently finished writing and recording a song completely dedicated to Arizona. “I specifically mention Scottsdale, and the Bird’s Nest, and how it gets hotter at night,” Scott explains. When asked what his inspiration was for writing such a song, he contributes it to the love that teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees receive when their songs play at games. “The Dodgers have ‘I Love L.A.’ and the Yankees have ‘New York, New York,’ but when the Cardinals and Diamondbacks, and Suns play they don’t have anything. I wanted to give them something.”

When asked what he loves most about Scottsdale, Scott simply replied by saying he “loves Scottsdale because of how much Scottsdale loves their nightlife.” “I don’t even know if Beverly Hills can compete!” he says. Headed to Old Town, Scott is set to perform at Livewire again on Friday, March 20 after being the very first, opening act to ever perform there. “Livewire is like a mini arena,” he explains. Describing the venue and sound quality as amazing, Scott is convinced that this performance will be even bigger and better than the first time. And if his enthusiasm for this performance is any sign of how the show will be, then it’s going to be spectacular. Video footeage HERE

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Scott Keo in Branson Tri-Lakes News

“Legends in Concert” at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater, which features look- and sound-alike artists paying tribute to the most iconic artists in music history is rolling out a new lineup just in time for the fall. The new lineup features tributes to George Strait, Marilyn Monroe, the Blues Brothers, Elvis Presley and making his Branson debut, a tribute to Michael Buble.

“The audience is going to find they cannot tell the difference between listening to a recording of Michael Buble and our man Scott Keo,” said production manager Robb Horton. “This cat is absolutely fantastic and he nails it.

“He just flat out nails it.”

Keo’s tribute to the Canadian crooner includes several hits from the catalogue including Buble’s take on the Queen classic “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” as well as “Haven’t Met You Yet,” “Home” and “Sway.”

Bucky Heard with the Righteous Brothers- "Scott's voice is like butter and melted chocolate. So smooth and perfect texture, it mesmerizes you.

Robb Horton- "When I first heard him sing at soundcheck, I had to sit down and just take it in. What a treat to have him here!"

Video footage: HERE

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Trip Advisor:

“Jaw dropping Michael Bublé impersonator! The show was very entertaining but we still cannot stop talking about how good the Michael Bublé impersonator was! His voice was amazing, he was even more handsome then Michael himself, and completely stole the show!”

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Arizona Foothills Magazine:

 

Where are you from?

Scott Keo: I am from Southern California.

AFM: How long have you been in Arizona?  

SK: I have been here since 1997.

AFM: What do you like best about it?

SK: What I like best about Arizona is that there is less traffic, newer communities, less people and great winters.

AFM: Do you play any instruments?

SK: I play the drums and the guitar.

AFM: How long have you been a musician?

SK: I have been a musician since I was 5 years old.  I used to play the piano behind my back to show off for my grandparents.

AFM: Where you involved in any bands or projects prior to becoming a Buble tribute singer?

SK: Yes, I have been in bands a long time ago.  From 1999-2003, I was a one man band playing party sing alongs at various local hang outs and restaurants.

AFM:  How did you become involved becoming Buble’s tribute singing and not someone else’s tribute singer?

SK: I was, and still am, a Wedding DJ since 2002 and I have a chance to hear so many different voices every weekend. Well, in 2005, I heard Michael Buble’s “Home” for the first time. I remember like it was yesterday. I was playing music for cocktail hour at a wedding. It had been a long, emotional and tough weekend. I played the song and started crying. This was my song to my wife Tracy! Wow. Loved it and the voice, so I started playing all of his music at weddings. You’re welcome, Arizona. Yes, I believe that I am 80 percent responsible for introducing the greater Phoenix area to Michael Buble’s music. I would play his stuff at cocktail hour, dinner, slow dance, fast dance, where ever I could fit it in. People in 2005 and 2006 would come up to my DJ table and ask, “Who is this? Is this Harry Connick Jr.?”  I averaged 70 weddings a year, with an average of 150 people a wedding. So the way I see it, Michael owes me royalties for this kind of exposure. Kidding, he owes me a drink, though, right?

AFM: Where’s the craziest place you’ve performed?

SK: I wanted to crash a super bowl party in Arizona when all of Hollywood was in town. I wanted to give my book I wrote “Plating Your Song- Confessions of a Wedding DJ” to Jim Carey and Jenny McCarthy. I wanted to meet a few stars, etc. I was not on the “A” list nor was I invited to this celebrity mansion party, so I grabbed my gear, drove up to the front of this huge estate mansion in the Biltmore area, and just walked right in and set up and started performing. I got to meet a lot of stars and Ludacris was performing also, not a bad night.

AFM: Who are your favorite musicians? Who inspires you?

SK: I’m kind of all over the board with my music. Beach Boys, Blues Traveler, Gin Blossoms (local guys by the way- I liked them when I lived in L.A, – didn’t know they were from AZ), Sheryl Crow, New Edition, Collective Soul, George Michael, Boston, Paul Okenfold, Maroon 5, Afro Blue, Rob Thomas, Alica Keys, Snoop Dog, Chris Brown, VanHalen. Inspiration?  The words from David Foster, a famous music producer, once said, “Good is the enemy of Great!”

AFM: Besides impersonations, do you have any other hidden talents?

SK: I am a decent step dancer, and some day, I will incorporate this into my act. I think that should be fun!

AFM: What do you like to do for fun?

SK: Sand Volleyball every week for the last 10 years.

AFM: Where are your favorite places in Arizona?

SK: I love all the golf courses here. I love Sedona. I love to eat at Genghis Grill. I love to perform at the Skye Platinum Room in Peoria. I love lower level seats for a Suns game – going to miss Nash when he get’s traded. I love the convenience of my town- Anthem,  and the AZ sunsets- hard to beat.  I love Ron Wolfley (KTAR) – best radio personality in the land.

Check out Scott’s website and have him sing at your next big event!

Do not want to wait? See him perform at the Best of Our Valley Finale Party! Click here to buy tickets!

 

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What's On Vegas Magazine

"Scott Keo has made the cover of our magazine this month. He is a headliner with Legends in Concert at The Flamingo Hotel. If you get the chance, you really need to see this act. Unreal! Welcome to Vegas Scott, hope you can stay a while!"

 

 

Call Tracy today at:
602-793-8783

SK@ScottKeo.com

 

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