From school to stardom? Trenton hitmakers share their secrets at TMM III: School of Pop, November 16 at TCNJ

What do Labelle, Instant Funk, Guns N Roses, Kool and the Gang, Poor Righteous Teachers, and the Geto Boys have in common? Some or all of the members of these iconic groups came from Trenton. Even the iconic Sound of Philadelphia depended heavily on talented singers, musicians and audio engineers from Trenton – many of them graduates of Trenton Central High School. And they are still at it today!

Meet some of the Trenton stars behind the music that set the whole country dancing, and celebrate the next generation of Trenton musicians at Trenton Makes Music – School of Pop.  The event takes place November 16, 7-9 pm in the Mayo Concert Hall at The College of New Jersey.

You’ll hear from:


Sarah Dash – founding member of Labelle, internationally renowned entertainer

Michael Ray – trumpeter for Kool and the Gang

Grace Little – former Philadelphia International Records recording artist, leader of Amazin Grace and the GLB

Donald “Pup” Bolding – guitarist, songwriter, producer for Nelly, Case, Deborah Cox and Sarah Dash

Showtyme Brooks – vocalist and songwriter who tours with Jodeci, K-Ci and JoJo, and Kelly Price

DJ Ready Red – formerly of the Geto Boys

Randy Now, the DJ and promoter who made Trenton’s City Gardens nightclub the go-to spot that hosted Sinead O’Connor, Nirvana, Kurtis Blow and many others

music by the Trenton Central High School Orchestra, under the direction of Joseph Pucciatti!

Light refreshments will be served

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