Formerly the Newport Yachting Center’s Event Division, Newport Waterfront Events, this reputable team of seasoned professionals have decades of collective experience in event management/production, venue operation, marketing/promotion, community relations, media and sponsorship partnerships in Rhode Island.

In September 2014 Newport Harbor Corporation sold the Newport Yachting Center
Property to a development company, Peregrine Group, and announced that the iconic annual events would no longer be hosted at the Newport Yachting Center. The Newport Waterfront Events Management Team acquired the intellectual property and assets for these events, started a new event production company, Waterfront Productions, LLC, found new waterfront venues in Newport with expansion to Providence. This team did not skip a beat, we saved the heritage events in 2015 including Chowder Cook-Off, Waterfront Reggae Festival, Oktoberfest, and our music series, while launching a new Latino Music Festival.

In addition, Waterfront Productions ran a very successful fundraising and partnership campaign to reopen the Newport Skating Center in 2015 after it closed the previous year.

RI Waterfront Events and Newport Waterfront Events are divisions of Waterfront Productions, LLC.

The Team:

Michele Maker Palmieri –
Founder, President & CEO of Waterfront Productions LLC
Formerly the General Manager of the Newport Yachting Center, 2007-2014
Director of Marketing & Promotion, Clear Channel Radio 1991-2006
Named as one of “The 16 To Watch in 2016” by Go Local Providence
Michael Martin –
Director of Production & Logistics
Rich Travis –
Director of Event Operations
Katie Spaziano –
Director of Ticketing & Guest Relations
Melissa Martin –
Partnership Sales Manager, Owner & Director of Development The MelMar Group
Seasonal Event Team –
Waterfront Productions employs between 150-180 experienced event support employees in season.
Owners of Intellectual Property for established event brands and properties with a long history of success in Newport and Rhode Island:
Newport Concert Series (formerly the Sunset Music Series) -18 year history
Music Festivals; Newport Waterfront Reggae Festival, Celtic Rock Festival,
Great Chowder Cook Off – 35 year history
International Oktoberfest- 18 year history
Newport Skating Center reopened in 2015 and will open again in Winter 2016

Waterfront Productions has co-produced a variety of other events:
Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover Concerts, Newport Comedy Series, WBRU Concert Series at Providence Piers, Food Truck Festivals, Food/Wine Festivals, Venue Rentals for assemblies, workshops, movie nights and private events – weddings/corporate and social events.
Partnership with Live Nation, the world’s largest entertainment company, to book music events.
Bringing world-class musicians to Rhode Island.

Contact Us:

Waterfront Productions Management Team:

Michele Maker Palmieri
Founder & CEO/Owner of Waterfront Productions LLC
888.900.8640 ext. 709

Michael Martin
Director of Production & Logistics
888.900.8640 ext. 707

Rich Travis
Director of Event Operations
888.900.8640 ext. 702

Katie Spaziano
Director of Ticketing & Guest Relations
888.900.8640 ext. 700

Melissa Martin
Partnership Sales Director

Katie Howland
Event Coordinator/Vendor Services
888.900.8640 ext. 701