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The Black Business Association of Oregon Partners with Inaugural Cigar Festival (Photo) - 06/07/24


June 6, 2024


The Black Business Association of Oregon 

Partners with Inaugural Cigar Festival  

805 SW Broadway, Suite 2470

Portland, Oregon 97205


Portland, Ore.: The Black Business Association of Oregon (BBAO) is thrilled to announce its partnership with the inaugural Rose City Cigar & Soul (RCCS) Festival, set to take place in Portland, Oregon, from June 28-30, 2024. Organized by the Onyx Experience, the Festival is aimed at bringing together enthusiasts of cigars, live music, and dynamic networking opportunities.

Tickets are available for purchase now, with options for a two-day bundle or à la carte general admission. For more information and to secure your tickets, visit

"A conversation over a cigar or taking in a live music experience seems to be an equalizer between strangers from different races, genders, and walks of life," says Ericka Warren, founder of Rose City Cigar and Soul. "Business professionals, influencers, entrepreneurs, and music lovers will visit the Rose City to coalesce and share insights and experiences all brought together by lighting a fine cigar."

The Festival spans three days:

  • Day One: Rose Smoke Soirée at Bar Palomar

Kick off the festivities with an elegant rooftop soirée featuring a welcoming atmosphere perfect for cigar aficionados and newcomers alike. Enjoy an evening of fine cigars, delicious food, and refreshing drinks available for purchase.

  • Day Two: Cigar & Soul Saturday at Jackie's PDX

The heart of the Festival promises an unforgettable day of live music featuring performances by Ronnie Wright, Alea Loren, Isaiah Sims, and Tahira Memory. This vibrant event includes live music, tastings from local and national spirit brands, various vendors, and giveaways. 

  • Day Three: Stix and Sneakers Brunch at Kaya PDX is an exclusive event for VIP ticket holders and is SOLD OUT

This conclusion to the Festival will blend casual elegance with top-tier culinary delights. This event offers a relaxed setting for further networking and enjoyment.

"The Black Business Association of Oregon is proud to support this pioneering festival, reflecting our commitment to fostering community engagement and promoting diverse cultural events," says Lance Randall, Executive Director of the Black Business Association of Oregon. "We've needed something like this for a long time and are excited to contribute to its success." 

About Rose City Cigar and Soul: 

The Rose City Cigar & Soul Festival is a pioneering gathering designed to unite people through the love of cigars, music, and vibrant networking opportunities. For more information, visit


About Black Business Association of Oregon: The Black Business Association of Oregon (BBAO) is an economic development organization striving to achieve economic equity that is sustainable and lasting for Black-owned businesses in Oregon. For more information, visit   



805 SW Broadway, Suite 2470

Portland, Oregon 97205





Media Contact:   

Sommer Martin, Communications Director   

Black Business Association of Oregon

Office: (503)770-0016 


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