For Immediate Release
July 25, 2023
Contact Information

Press Contact Email: (Altimese Nichole)
Festival Contact Email: (Gwen Chambers)


Live entertainment by Deas Guyz, Made Possible by Presenting, Sponsor Shoreline Construction

(Black PR Wire) BLUFFTON, SC - BlacQuity, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering Black entrepreneurs, is thrilled to present the inaugural Roots & Rivers Festival, a vibrant celebration of local businesses and community spirit. This exciting event will take place on September 9, 2023, from 4-9 p.m. ET at the scenic river view of Oyster Factory Park, 63 Wharf St.

The Roots & Rivers Festival is set to invigorate Coastal Beaufort County by providing a bustling marketplace for small businesses, artisans, and Black entrepreneurs to showcase their unique products. The festival aims to support the local economy and foster community growth by offering a platform for these talented individuals, creating a positive and inclusive environment for all.

"The inaugural Roots & Rivers Festival is dedicated to empowering BlacQuity and its mission to uplift small Black-owned businesses," said Gwen Chambers, Executive Director of BlacQuity. "Through the festival, we hope to provide a snapshot of these talented and dedicated entrepreneurs and inspire additional students to join our 12-week Black Equity University program and become part of our community's diverse framework of small business owners. It's a true win for everyone!”

The festival boasts an array of highlights, including a lively beer garden and captivating live music performances by Deas Guyz, an acclaimed group known for their energetic mix of genres such as Motown, R&B, blues, and more. In addition, attendees can explore a variety of delectable food trucks offering mouthwatering culinary delights. The festival's vendors will showcase various unique products and services, providing an unforgettable shopping experience.

The Roots & Rivers Festival sends a heartfelt thank you to its amazing Presenting and Platinum sponsors. Shoreline Construction as the Presenting Sponsor and Montage, Burnt Church Distillery/Low Country Legacy Fund, and Town of Bluffton - Heart of the Lowcountry as our Platinum sponsors. “Through their commitment of helping bring the magic of entrepreneurship, music, arts, and community to life, these sponsors unwavering support has made a huge impact and promises an unforgettable experience for all attendees,” says Chambers. “We are beyond grateful for their belief in our mission, and we can't wait to showcase the region's diverse talent with their fantastic support.”

Early Bird general admission tickets for the Roots and Rivers Festival are now available for $25.00. For those who prefer to purchase tickets at the gate, they will be priced at $30.00. 

Join us at the Roots and Rivers Festival, where creativity, entrepreneurship, and community converge to inspire and uplift. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit our website at

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