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Autor: KaM©

~ 15/07/13

Riot On The Dance Floor/The Movie poster_Randy_Ellis

City Gardens night club Trenton,New Jersey

An Oral History: A film and book about the now defunct nightclub City Gardens located in Trenton (Ewing) New Jersey.

This will sort of be an; “extra extra read all about it,” kinda post because I couldn’t begin to explain how important this story is to my social life and,a pivotal point in my artistic life that meant living a double edge sword kinda of life living for the moment really.
Back then when this club was in its prime of operation and provided a sort of underground but very much above ground safe haven for the artsy type who weren’t sure if they were going to become professional artists or much less graduate from the local college campuses that were just short cab rides from this now infamous night spot. Those who didn’t have cars couldn’t bum rides because of their self-inflicted anti socialism and loyalty to the dance. In this case it was called the (90¢ cent Dance night.) that was a starving artist(s) or anyone’s dream admission price.Plus. 90¢ draught beer all night made it very lively on most Thursday evenings.
I would attend this night club every week from 1979 all the way up til its closing sometime around 1998 I believe or it could have been a few years after that but the club that I knew and loved had long gone anyway once it became known by people who just wanted a cheap drink and a freak show!!
And so now a movie and book will be released some time this year and I was told that I may appear in the movie somewhere as an extra because they do show some 90¢ dance night footage in the film “Riot On The Dance Floor” featuring the promoter Randy “Now” Ellis and how he put his whole life into the club and has no retirement plan to grow old and graceful for bringing such an cultural & musical institution to Trenton, New Jersey.
I have been interviewed for the book ” No Slam Dancing,No Stage Diving,No Spikes an oral history.” talking about my experience and input into the visual aesthetic of the interior of the club as well as some personal stories that I felt comfortable about speaking to be publicized in a book. I hope somebody buys the rights to both stories and makes a film that tells the complete story with no one side outweighing the other;which the nightclub truly deserves because it was our local CBGB’s that hosted some of the very same bands.

Autor: admin

~ 08/10/06


Last night after my opening reception of the exhibition titled “Going Global”held in Philadelphia @ Da Vinci Art Alliance I decided to hurry back to Trenton to catch a special birthday celebration at Conduit nightclub,the club on the first floor of the building where my studio is located.The birthday party was in honor of one of the original Djs from City Gardens Randy Now(Randy Ellis),he was the guy mainly responceable for booking all the cool bands that came there to perform plus he D-jayed on Friday nights.I was curious as to who was going to show up for this party and see who was still around from the old crew who held it down back in the day.I wasn’t disappointed either because I ran into some of the loyal patrons who made it home every week along with all the Djs who made it happen such as Dj Carlos & Dj 175 were in attendance to help Randy celebrate.The only one who was missing in action was Dj Rich O’Brian(He was a bouncer back then) because he plays at a club in Philly so,I guess he was working but when I ran into him a few weeks ago I happened to snap his picture while he was working.
I hung out for a minute,had a beer,said my what ups and headed home.I heard that the Club would be closing for the third and final time its too bad they couldn’t get the balance right because last nights croud would have supported the place if they had the right Djs.City Gardens was the most successful club in the area because everything was affordable for starving artist,you could have five dollars in your pocket,pay 90¢ admission and buy draft beers for the same price and have the time of you life,however this was only on Thursday night which the owner told me one day paid all the bills for the club,you can’t find a deal like that anymore!RedSaid