Arizona is where desert-reggae rockers, Black Bottom Lighters, affectionately call home. Widely known as “BBL” to a large, animated following, Black Bottom Lighters started out as an acoustic trio playing house parties! They have since grown into a 6-piece band with a monstrous full stage sound, unique in and of itself. With the unmistakable vocal rhymes of Ryan “Stilly” Stilwell, hard hitting beats from drummer, Ryan “Phatty” McPhatter, the groove-filled bass of Jose Aquino, electrifying keys from Kelyn Weaver, the epic harmonized guitar shredding between Phil “Philly Cheese” Kaiser and Mike Proctor, as well as their signature call and response vocals, their sound is truly original and each member’s musical background brings a different element to the table. BBL’s fun style, charismatic energy, and genuine openness with their fans has garnered them a cult-like following. From independently producing their three albums, (a self-titled EP, the full length album titled, "2 or 2,000", and their newly released EP, “Pipe Dream”) to attaining Phoenix New Times Reader's Choice Award for "Best Local Band" of 2015, the immense support shown by their loyal fan-base is readily apparent.
On the road, Black Bottom Lighters have been fortunate enough to rock stages throughout North America. They have toured from Mexico all the way to Ohio, making stops in New Mexico, Texas, Michigan, Iowa, Kansas, and Colorado…up the coast of California, through Oregon and Washington, to Vancouver, B.C. …and even had the pleasure of playing the infamous Legends of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana and The Viper Room in LA! They have been featured at events like The Big Ticket Music Festival in Jacksonville, Florida, and the Pot of Gold Music Festival in Tempe, Arizona, as well as numerous west coast music festivals including McDowell Mountain Music Festival, Burnt Woodstock, True Music Festival, Wild Wild West Fest, Uplift Music and Arts Festival, Unity Festival, Apache Reggae Jam, NW Freedom Fest, Apache Lake Music Festival, and the Tempe Beach Park St. Patty’s Day Festival with headliners Rebelution, Atmosphere, Iration and Pepper. Having shared the stage with many artists and headlining acts such as Stone Temple Pilots, 30 Seconds to Mars, Authority Zero, Slightly Stoopid, The Expendables, Griz, Stick Figure, The Green, Tribal Seeds, One Drop, Steel Pulse and even The Original Wailers, BBL’s determination to bring their all-original, top-shelf quality, reggae-rock sound from the Arizona desert to the entire world is quite clear. And whether they’re playing a show for "2 or 2,000" people, they are going to give it everything they got, all the same! – Mark Simpson & BBL