Glendale's Black Bottom Lighters Are Cleared for Takeoff
Even without an LP on which to hang their hat, Glendale-based reggae band Black Bottom Lighters have opened for Flogging Molly on St. Patrick's Day, toured the West Coast, played the local stage at True Music Festival, and headlined a pre-Thanksgiving show at The Marquee.
Ben Garcia Black Bottom Lighters
Suffice it to say few bands experience such success without even releasing an album. But the six-piece has found a way to break through locally behind an EP and impressive live shows.
Not to mention their month as
Reverbnation.com's featured band, their opening slot for Rebelution and Atmosphere two weeks ago, and their headlining appearance on Jacksonville, Florida's Big Ticket Music Festival's "B" stage.
And in the short time between my interview with the band and the publication of this story, Black Botttom Lighters were announced as part of the lineup of Tucson's Wild Wild West Fest in April. In other words, you have to pay close attention to keep up with their busy schedule.
"It's rewarding, but scary at the same time," says singer Ryan Stilwell. "Because you have to keep doing bigger and bigger things. We are just trying to figure out how to keep topping ourselves and going up." With their upcoming album, 2 or 2,000, and a date performing this weekend's McDowell Mountain Music Festival, Black Bottom Lighters seem poised to join Phoenix band KONGOS at the next level.