Join What’sUpNewp on Friday, March 16th at Midtown Oyster Bar for our 3rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, an event to celebrate Irish music and our Irish community.

The event will include Midtown Oyster Bar’s take on Irish food,  live music and performances from Newport Ancient Order of Hibernian’s Pipes and Drums and AOH Men’s Singers, a live broadcast from AM 1540 WADK Newport, and more.

The Newport R.I. Ancient Order of Hibernian Division1 Pipes and Drums is a Grade V member of the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association. They are based out of Newport, R.I. and have members from Rhode Island and Massachusetts. They are an award-winning band that participates in private functions and parades throughout the northeast.

While there is no cover charge and the event is open to all ages, we do encourage folks to get to the event early as the restaurant does historically fill up for the performances.

Tentative Schedule Of Events:

  • 12 pm to 4 pm – What’sUpNewp Radio Edition will be broadcasting live on AM 1540 WADK Newport from Midtown Oyster Bar
  • 4 pm to 8 pm – Performances from AOH Men’s Singers and AOH Pipes and Drums
  • 9 pm – Live music by Sean Rivers
  • More details to be announced.

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Midtown Oyster Bar is located at 345 Thames Street and online at

If you’d like to get involved as a sponsor, musician or organization; e-mail or call 401-662-1653.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.