The mood was festive Thursday night at the Newport Blues Café as some of the area’s best musicians were out to offer support and raise money for WhatsUpNewp Owner/Publisher Ryan Belmore. Belmore has been battling cancer for the past six months and is facing enormous medical expenses.
Local musicians kicked off the “Rally for Ryan” with brief sets and words of support for the guest of honor, who is known around town for his smiling face and civic-minded demeanor. Raffles that included concert photos from area photographers and gift cards from local businesses were held throughout the evening.
The show closed with the nationally recognized Johnny Winter All-Star band led by Grammy winner Paul Nelson and Newport native James Montgomery rocking the stage. WhatsUpNewp staff, contributors, musicians and other volunteers, along with all of Ryan’s friends, wish him continued good luck in his fight. Check out our photo gallery below with shots from Gary Alpert, Deafboy Photography and WhatsUpNewp Music Writer Ken Abrams.