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 the Providence area. 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.

2017 continued the evolution as we launched a new boutique outdoor venue at Bold Point Park located on the East Providence waterfront, with sweeping views of upper Narragansett Bay and the Providence and Seekonk Rivers, overlooking the Providence skyline.

2018 will marks the second season with over 12 events planned from May to October and will consist of concerts, comedy shows, music festivals, cultural and community events.

This is an entertainment experience like no other in southern New England offering a casual, relaxed setting with open air waterfront areas and stunning views of the mixed landscape and skyline. World Class entertainers of all genres perform at an intimate open air setting, where all seats are within 150 feet from the stage. Our eclectic lineup will boast a stacked roster of concerts, music festivals, comedy shows and community events. It’s all about gathering good vibes, creating memorable experiences and savoring Rhode Island’s best seasons on the waterfront.

The 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

RI Waterfront Events Team:

Pictured right to left:
Rich Travis, Katie “Mini” Howland, Michele Maker Palmieri, Mike Martin, Katie Spaziano

Seasonal Event Team:
Waterfront Productions locally hires 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) now the concert series at Bold Point Park on the East Providence waterfront
Music Festivals; Waterfront Reggae Festival, Celtic Rock Festival, Blues & BBQ Festival
Great Chowder Cook Off – 36 year history
International Oktoberfest- 25 year history
Newport Skating Center reopened in 2015 after a one year hiatus and has opened annually each winter

RI Waterfront Events and Newport Waterfront Events are divisions of Waterfront Productions, LLC.
Venue capacity is for 3,500 attendees for concerts, 5,000 for general admission festivals

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.