Cracklin’ Rosie fans rejoice.
Tribute artist Jason Scott is about to deliver the look, the sound, the moves and the music of icon Neil Diamond when he performs at the Vernon Elks Hall Sept. 19.
From Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood, through the turbulence of the 1960s and on into the 21st century, the songs of Diamond continue to attract new fans to go along with the legions of old.
Scott’s Diamond Forever: a Celebration of Neil Diamond brings the songwriting and performing genius of Diamond’s music to the forefront and is enhanced by background stories, humour, authentic costuming, studio recorded audio tracks and “spot on” vocals.“
“This music bridges generations,” said Scott. “The show is structured but also spontaneous, loose and huge fun as the performance is very audience interactive. Sometimes I find myself in the crowd and then other times I’ve found some of the audience on stage with me”.
Scott not only shines as Diamond on stage, he is about to bring his award winning show to the big screen when he appears in the Midnight Pass Entertainment feature-length documentary, also named Diamond Forever.
The documentary film will show the on and off stage lives of select Diamond performance artists around the world.
“It started production this summer with the red carpet event and world premiere expected to take place in Las Vegas in April, 2016,” said Scott.
Like Diamond, Scott’s musical resumé is impressive. He attended the Toronto Conservatory of Music at the age of five, and achieved first degree honours by the time he was 15. In his 20s, he toured extensively with nightclub and concert bands and in his 30s, was signed to a Canadian label as a recording artist, writer and performer.
In 2005, Scott was the first ever Canadian performer to win the Be a Legend celebrity tribute artist competition at the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. A well received audition followed with On Stage Entertainment, owners of the world famous Legends In Concert.
In 2010, Scott was awarded the Sunburst Convention of Celebrity Tribute Artists’ Best Platinum Showcase Award. The following year, he not only won a second place trophy, but was invited to perform as the opening act for the headlining Country Superstars show at the Las Vegas Golden Nugget showroom.
Scott returned to Vegas in 2012 to perform his award winning show on the First Street Stage, breaking attendance records at The Fremont Street Experience.
He was also invited to perform at The Reel Awards Show gala at the Golden Nugget, and was surprised to win the Reel Award in the pop and rock category.
Scott has made appearances at The Rosen Plaza Hotel as well as The Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort at Disneyworld in Orlando, Fla. and aboard the Royal Caribbean cruise ship, The Monarch of The Seas. He has appeared in Las Vegas at The Greek Isles Hotel and Casino, The South Point Hotel Casino and Spa, The Imperial Palace and before her demolition, the world famous Stardust Resort and Casino.
And he owes it all to the man himself.
“Neil Diamond has recorded his music so many times, and changed it so much, that interpreting that music can in itself be an art,” said Scott. “When you look at Neil Diamond’s history and career of six decades, you realize the music and the possibilities of that music are unlimited.”
Tickets for Diamond Forever: a Celebration of Neil Diamond are $25 with a portion of the proceeds going to the Elks Lodge of Canada fund for children. They are available at the Bean Scene, 250-558-1817.