Mark Hopkins - Biography From dancing and playing toy guitar to the theme of 'Dukes of Hazzard' at the age of two, to endlessly singing the melodies from various musicals throughout his childhood years, Mark Hopkins has been a musician since birth. His first instrument was the trumpet in the 4th grade band, but at the age of 12, he discovered true love: his first guitar. Within seven months he was playing Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' at a school talent show, and never looked back. From then on, Mark became a student of music; his thirst for knowledge led him to jazz guitar and composition in college. After he received his degree, he returned home still thirsty, and continued his studies with Baltimore's own Carl Filipiak. With infiuences as broad and varied as Paul McCartney and Stevie Ray Vaughn to Jimi Herring and Joe Pass, Mark's abilities have grown and expanded throughout the years to reflect a love of diverse genres and an obvious, almost palatable, ability with the guitar. Mark was lead front man and sole songwriter for his first band, Tribe of Ben (or 'Tribe'), formed in 1996. Tribe released four albums during it's seven years together. Two of which were voted among the annual Top 25 Albums by WRNR radio personality Bill Wright-a true testament to Mark's songwriting abilities. Tribe's album 'Grass Sofa Jamboree' ranked number three in 2000, and the band's final album, 'Vehicle' came in first place in 2002. In 2003, Mark decided to leave Tribe te establish a new project: a power trio of talented musicians focused on mature songwriting and playing-this new project became the Mark Hopkins Band (or 'MHB'). Mark continues his role as front man and songwriter for MHB. A prolific songwriter (the current count of Mark's original songs is 78), one of Mark's greatest strengths is the melting pot of genres apparent throughout his songwriting. MHB's freshman album, 'Angry Mob,' reflects this diversity. From the rock of 'Penelope' to the slow bluegrass of 'Worthy of a Song,' Mark's diversity is obvious. 'Hey Kid' is a pop song, 'Jewels' is funk, and 'Angry Mob' has folk rock roots. During his musical career, Mark has played throughout the northeast music circuit, and beyond. He has played in venues including the following: The 8x10 Club, Recher Theatre, The Haunt (Ithaca, NY), Padonia Station, The Stone Cellar, The Full Moon Saloon, The Cat's Eye Pub, and Castaway's in Ocean City, MD. Additionally, he has played at multiple colleges, including Salisbury University, University of Delaware, Goucher College, Washington College, Lynchburg and Richmond University. He has also had the opportunity to open for a number of bands and musicians, including the following: Reid Genaur and the Assembly of Dust, Bernie Worell, Yellow Man, Ekoostik Hookah, Dark Star Orchestra, Townhall, and lyricist of Phish-fame, Tom Marshall's band, Amfibian. Mark's latest musical projects have centered on the November 2006 release of MHB's first album 'Angry Mob,' as well as beginning production of a follow-up album. This second album, 'Venn Diagram,' is a double disc, including a imorovisationallv-based first disc, and a pop rock-focused second disc.
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