Reggae concerts, in my opinion, are a very diverse event that will attract people of different backgrounds, genders and preferences. I think that is what makes it such a great environment. There is no judging, no mosh pits or fights (except for those few people that have had one too many). This album release show was the epitome of fans coming together to support a common love.
Black Bottom Lighters have been in the music scene for just a few years, but it is clear that they have made an extreme impact on their listeners. LiveWire is a unique venue in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. Situated across from night clubs and a hotel, you wouldn’t think that a state of the art music venue could exist. The interior reminded me a lot of House of Blues in Orlando. A large downstairs area with two bars, and an upstairs balcony with another bar and VIP areas.
Doors opened an hour before the show and the place was already pretty packed. Opening up was a hip hop artist by the name of Mouse Powell. I had never heard of him before this show, but I’m definitely hooked. Next was DJ Slippe, a local DJ that brought along a pair of go-go dancing blondes to get the party started. Between his set and the next performance by The Hourglass Cats, a beatboxer took the stage and wowed the crowd with his skills. It was something I had never seen before and it absolutely blew me away. The Hourglass Cats was a cool reggae-rock-experimental group that paired a groovy bass line with killer horns and brought some funk to Scottsdale.
Black Bottom Lighters had sold more presale tickets for their show than Steve Aoki and a few other nationally known groups. That was a clear indicator that this show was going to be packed. As soon as they took the stage, you could just feel the energy rise and it wasn’t going to stop anytime soon. Stilly, the frontman, has an undeniable stage presence that could make anyone get into their set.
Their new album is called “2 or 2000”, and this has a personal meaning to Stilly and guitar player Taide Pineda. At one of their first shows in a dive bar, the crowd wasn’t exactly large. Taide reassured Stilly that even it was 2 or 2000 people, they would still rock it the same. After a few songs of their set Stilly looked into the audience and said “I think we made it close to 2000.”
These musicians are so humble and passionate about their music. After they played, they took a picture with the crowd and you can see it in their eyes that they finally did what they accomplished. With their friends and family in the audience, this was their biggest show to date, and they are only going to get better.
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