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This article by Nicole Plett was prepared for the September 26,

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Conduit Creates Sparks

The staid exterior of one of historic Trenton’s

red-brick

industrial landmarks is the new home of what aims to be the city’s

least staid destination. Conduit, a marquee talent entertainment

facility

named for its capacity to conduct high-voltage energy, opens at 443

South Broad Street, across the street from the Sovereign Bank Arena,

with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Thursday, September 27. The

invitation-only

event ushers in a grand opening weekend of bands, DJs, and dance.

Clifford Adams and Inner Flight are featured at the ribbon-cutting,

a show that serves dual duty as Conduit’s first live attraction and

a celebration of the release of Adams’ new album, "Cliff

Notes."

Conduit’s public grand opening, Friday, September 28, will feature

Graham Parker with Hopewell’s Chris Harford. And Saturday night,

September

29, will be the debut of Conduit’s Dance Night, featuring Grammy

winning

DJ and producer Hex Hector mixing a four-hour set. Doors open at 9

p.m. for Dance Night which is age 21 and over.

"When I moved to Trenton five years ago, I was surprised by the

lack of cutting edge venues for arts and entertainment in the

region,"

says Roland Pott, Conduit’s president and co-owner. Pott and business

partners and fellow Trenton residents David Henderson and John Hatch

were looking for ways to enliven the neighborhood nightlife. Working

in partnership as The Urban Word LLC and Trenton Makes Development

Company, the trio launched Conduit in an emerging arts and

entertainment

district they have helped make a reality. Doing business as Trenton

Makes, Henderson and Hatch have led the effort to revitalize Trenton’s

historic Mill Hill district.

Entrepreneur Pott is the most visible of the trio, particularly since

last year’s appearance as a model for Slates clothing which put him

in full-page ads in GQ, Rolling Stone, Village Voice, Vogue, and a

host of others. An alumnus of Reed College in Oregon, 28-year-old

Pott lives in his own refurbished studio apartment in Mill Hill.

First came the Urban Word Cafe, a restaurant, bar, and nightspot,

three years in the planning, that was launched in April, 1999, at

449 South Broad. Open more than two years, the cafe is doing well

and features jazz, poetry, and open mike nights.

Conduit, a 500-plus capacity venue that has been designed and built

to operate as a live stage performance showroom and high-energy dance

club. It boasts a fully integrated, dual-purpose, state of the art

sound and lighting system, along with multiple stage and seating

configurations.

Conduit will host a variety of national and international music talent

showcasing artists from contemporary jazz, rock, pop, R&B, country,

blues, world, and urban music.

Staying true to the nature of "Conduit" as a magnet and

conductor

of energy, every week the space will be transformed into what its

sponsors describe as "a world class, high-profile dance club."

With a creative team of promoters, DJs, and visual artists, Conduit

aims to created an energetic yet soulful atmosphere.

The club’s website — at www.conduitmusic.com — is also

being launched. Visitors can take an "active" visual tour

of the facility, preview schedule of concert and nightclub events,

and purchase advance tickets and merchandise. The site will broadcast

select live Conduit events in real-time as well as archive on-demand

programs.

"With these capabilities, Conduit will host a variety of national

and international music talent," says Carl Rosenberg, director

of entertainment. "Conduit will ignite the revitalization of

Trenton

and the surrounding area," said Pott. "It will become a pillar

of the culture of our area, especially for music and the performing

arts."

Upcoming attractions include Jeffrey Gaines and Tomas Castro, October

12. John Eddie, October 19. The Club Mambo Latin Series begins October

26 with Jimmy Bosch.

— Nicole Plett

Grand Opening Weekend, Conduit , 443 South Broad Street,

Trenton. Hotline: 609-656-1188; office: 609-656-1199. Web:

conduitmusic.

com. Advance tickets at Urban Word Cafe, TicketMaster; or

Charge-By-Phone,

609-520-8383. Friday and Saturday, September 28 and 29.


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