Natural Wonder to Headline Smithfield’s 34th Annual Ham & Yam Festival

The Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation has announced that Natural Wonder will headline the 34th annual Ham & Yam Festival with a free concert scheduled for Saturday, May 5th.

Led by Gabriel Bello, Natural Wonder, the Ultimate Stevie Wonder Experience, channels the energy and artistry that has made Stevie Wonder an icon across decades and genres.  Whether it’s the Motown-era hits like “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” and “My Cherie Amour,” the fusion-flavored “Superstition,” the signature harmonica solo of “Isn’t She Lovely,” or Stevie’s modern masterpieces, Bello performs hit songs that span the Stevie Wonder catalog.

“We are thrilled to have Natural Wonder at the Ham & Yam Festival,” states Sarah Edwards, festival organizer and Executive Director of Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation.  “They’re an incredibly talented and entertaining group with a show full of hits that will have the audience up dancing and singing along!”

In addition to the free 8:00pm concert on Saturday, May 5, there will be entertainment on the festival’s three stages throughout the day.  “We are fortunate to have a large number of very talented up and coming musicians and entertainers here in Johnston County and North Carolina, and are pleased to be able to shine a spotlight on them at the festival,” states Edwards.

A full schedule of events on May 5th will attract thousands of people to Downtown Smithfield, where the festival occupies several blocks.  Craft and commercial vendors line the streets, food vendors offer a variety of fair foods and menu items featuring country ham and sweet potatoes, and additional entertainment comes in the form of pig races, children’s activities, and more.

The Ham & Yam Festival is organized by the nonprofit Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation.