The Fountain Park Summer Concert Series was back on July 15 with the music of a true icon in both music and American pop-culture, Stevie Wonder.
Garbriel Bello and his band brought Natural Wonder – The Ultimate Stevie Wonder experience right to Van Wert beginning at 7 p.m. in Fountain Park.
Bello and his band began performing this Stevie Wonder tribute show in 2012 after a friend of Bello’s heard him performing Wonder’s music.
“My friend Mike Santoro, who does a Billy Joel tribute band, heard me singing Stevie and said ‘Man, you need to do a Stevie Wonder tribute band, you sound just like him, there’s nobody else doing it’,” he said. “So yeah, I gave it a shot. He let me open for him at a show and people loved it.”
One would think it would be difficult to play the role of such an iconic musical figure, but Bello says his personality is so much like Wonder’s that it comes pretty naturally.
-Colin Kriegel, DHI Community Reporter Times Bulletin Van Wert Ohio