Mark Hopkins believes that music should move more than one’s feet. But to be clear: it should ALWAYS move one’s feet. Mark’s powerful songwriting and performances not only move the audience physically, but leave a lasting impression on their souls.
Improvisational creativity abound in a musical journey that is altogether evocative, extroverted and introspective.
In other words, Mark Hopkins makes faces smile, laugh – and then melt.
Mark’s array of influences include Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Bruce Hornsby, Wayne Krantz and Eric Krasno. The resulting concoction is a soulful, bluesy, funky and sincere gulag that has a prevalent side-effect of severe ass-shaking.
Mark’s a Maryland boy through-and-through with a three-year detour to Boston, where he honed his musical culinary skills by studying songwriting and guitar at the Berklee College of Music (and ogling Fenway Park every day).
He constructed Mark Hopkins & the Hotel, a power trio of rock and funk in Boston and has since brought the project back home to Baltimore, where he has commenced melting faces in full force. Mark Hopkins & the Hotel have released two albums so far: The Evidence (2011), and Room Service (2013). Both releases are available to purchase here on the website and all over the place on the interwebs.
Since 1997, Mark Hopkins has performed up and down the east coast at variety of venues – from living rooms to back porches to clubs to theaters to festivals and every nook and cranny in between. He’s shared bills with the Derek Trucks Band, Tom Marshall, Allen Stone, Bernie Worrell and plenty others.
You can’t go wrong at a Mark Hopkins & the Hotel gig. Everyone needs a good face-melting every now and then. Tell your friends, and tell them to tell their friends too!