Hootie Guitarist Mark Bryan ‘Fired Up’ for Annual Homecoming

“I’m fired up, man.” Coming home never gets old for Hootie and the Blowfish lead guitarist and Montgomery County native Mark Bryan. He and his band, the Screaming Trojans, will play the historic Weinberg Center in Frederick on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

The name of the band is taken from the nicknames of the two schools where Bryan and his bandmates went to school — the Screaming Eagles (Seneca Valley High School) and the Trojans (Gaithersburg High School).

Bryan, who grew up in Montgomery Village, attended Seneca Valley and tries to come back to Maryland at least once a year.

For the last 23 years, he has lived in Charleston, SC. On his drive up to Maryland Thursday night, Bryan told MyMCM that it is “always special” to come home. He says he has, “put together a nice little setlist” which includes a mixture of Hootie songs, solo songs and some fun covers.

“Coming to Frederick was an opportunity for us to come to our fans instead of making them come to all over the DC, Virginia area to come see us,” Bryan said.

“A lot of my friends and fans live in that area so we’re coming to them so I’m excited about that and I’m excited about playing an old, historic theater in downtown Frederick. Part of the motivation behind that was to get to play a really nice venue where it really sounds good. That’s got me fired up as well.”

You can purchase tickets for Bryan’s show at the Weinberg Center website here.

Bryan has started to record some new material which he plans to release  next year. And for those who like his old stuff, Hootie and the Blowfish will reunite at HootieFest in Mexico in April.

MyMCM talked to Bryan last year about his career for the MoCo’s Most Famous podcast.



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