Reunited '90s Tampa band Hopscotch returns to Skipper's Smokehouse for Florida Ska & Reggae Festival

Copscotch is back at Skipper's

click to enlarge Vintage photo of Hopscotch at Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa, Florida where on July 8, 2022, the band will reunite for the first time in 25 years. - c/o Matt Fenton
c/o Matt Fenton
Vintage photo of Hopscotch at Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa, Florida where on July 8, 2022, the band will reunite for the first time in 25 years.
A year after Skipper’s Smokehouse reopened, the lineup for the Tampa venue’s first ska show since then looks even further back in time.

And while this bill is a veritable who’s who of the scene—thanks to support from Monument Beach, Control This and The Meteorites—some old heads are doing stretches now in preparation for a reunion show from Hopscotch, which anchors the lineup at the Florida Ska & Reggae Festival happening Friday, July 8 in Tampa.

The '90s band is playing its first show in 25 years, featuring six original members including burly, big voiced policeman Mike Trill, employee rights attorney Matt Fenton, plus classically-trained keyboardist Wendy Savage who used to have the last name Cousins before getting married to the band’s guitarist Bert Savage (two of the original members were also prosecutors).
Trill—the reason some people call the band Copscotch—is famous for his manic stage presence, and the band’s lyrics draw inspiration from the kind of political reporting made famous by Carl Hiaasen.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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