Student guitarist Mark Hopkins hits the Harbor Islands with his band, the Hotel. Hopkins cites a range of influences, from Paul McCartney and Jimi Hendrix to Jeff Buckley and Wayne Krantz. Hopkins's prior band, Tribe, released a disc, Vehicle, that was named album of the year by Maryland adult alternative radio station WRNR in 2004.
Seven months after taking up guitar at 12, Hopkins played Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" at a school talent show and never looked back. Hopkins has toured the Northeast U.S. and has shared the stage with such artists as Bernie Worrell and Yellow Man.
Hopkins was lead frontman and sole songwriter for his first band, Tribe of Ben (or Tribe), formed in 1996. Tribe released four albums during its seven years, two of which were voted among the annual Top 25 Albums by WRNR radio personality Bill Wright. Tribe's album Grass Sofa Jamboree ranked number three in 2000, and the band's final album, Vehicle came in first place in 2004. In 2005, Hopkins decided to leave Tribe to establish a new project: a power trio of talented musicians focused on mature songwriting and soulful melodies.
Hopkins is a songwriting major at Berklee.