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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
industrial landmarks is the new home of what aims to be the city’s
least staid destination. Conduit, a marquee talent entertainment
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
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
Conduit’s public grand opening, Friday, September 28, will feature
Graham Parker with Hopewell’s Chris Harford. And Saturday night,
29, will be the debut of Conduit’s Dance Night, featuring Grammy
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
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
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
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
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
"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
and the surrounding area," said Pott. "It will become a pillar
of the culture of our area, especially for music and the performing
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
Trenton. Hotline: 609-656-1188; office: 609-656-1199. Web:
com. Advance tickets at Urban Word Cafe, TicketMaster; or
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