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Bello bids bye-bye to Biloxi, the Beau and BraVeau

Bello, the ‘world’s greatest daredevil,’ will be hitting the road and leaving the Coast when BraVeau comes to an end Sunday night.
Bello, the ‘world’s greatest daredevil,’ will be hitting the road and leaving the Coast when BraVeau comes to an end Sunday night. Sun Herald file

It’s like a line in the song from the 1978 movie “Grease:” “Summer lovin’, had me a blast, summer lovin’ happened so fast.”

Yes, after a two-month love affair with Biloxi and the Gulf Coast, Bello Nock’s summer nights in South Mississippi are coming to an end.

Bello, “the world’s greatest daredevil,” is a member of the cast of the French-style circus BraVeau, which opened in June at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino.

On Sunday, the curtain will fall on the show for the final time as the residency closes with a show at 7 p.m.

“We’ve had a great time in Biloxi, Bello said in an interview with the Sun Herald. “The best thing was that the cast was so great and we all got along so well.”

BraVeau ran Monday through Thursday at 7 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, an afternoon performance was added.

Not much time off

So what exactly did the daredevil do on Fridays, his only day off? Bello said he had some fun but he also went back to work.

“I went flyboarding a couple of times through Jet Blast Beach Rentals, but I also spent a lot of my days off fabricating and welding pieces of equipment for my shows,” he said.

The welding was done at Balius Welding and Iron Works in D’Iberville.

“The guys at Balius were so great,” he said. “They just trusted me enough to let me walk in and use their equipment.”

Keep on rocking

When Bello wasn’t busy doing eight shows a week or working on equipment or planning other shows, he spent some time indulging in one of his other passions — rock ‘n’ roll. A friend of the band Cheap Trick, Bello is also a guitar player.

“I made friends with the band Trigger Proof that plays at Coast Nightclub inside the Beau Rivage,” he said. “I played the Georgia Satellites’ ‘Keep Your Hands to Yourself’ with them and I think I’m going to jam with them one more time before I leave town.”

He said he also took in some shows at the Beau.

“I saw the Steve Miller Band, and it was great, and I’m really excited about seeing Boston tonight,” Bello said.

Bello will be boarding a plane Monday to join his daughter in Amsterdam. He said he hopes to be back in Biloxi in the summer of 2017.

“We’re already working on a new show, but it’s show business and you’re only as good as your last show and I don’t know if the Beau Rivage will have us back,” he said. “Like John Lennon said on the rooftop, ‘I hope we passed the audition.’ ”

BraVeau final shows

When: Saturday at 3 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 and 7 p.m.

Where: Beau Rivage Casino & Resort in Biloxi

Tickets: Ticketmaster.com

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