A Little Intimacy with MJQ
by T. Chanté LaGon
How did Luda' and Jermaine Dupri leave MJQ Concourse off the guest list in "Welcome to Atlanta?" It's a wonder, because this down-under club has consistently shaped the sound of Atlanta and has been around longer than J.D. is tall. Lunar talks to MJQ ambassador Steve DeNiro, for the club plays a part in the make up of Atlanta's nightlife scene, just like the difference in music and peopleget a buffet plate, MJQ is dishing up rhythm and vibes family style.
(the photos are some of the MJQ regulars)
When did MJQ first open?
Who were the club's original founders?
What does MJQ stand for?
Why did MJQ open?
On top of that, he wanted a spot where he could hear the type of sounds he was into. Punk and Brit pop was his main thing. The dub was heavy early on, and what we know as dance music was creeping out into the Midtown arena as well. MJQ was the only place at the time that was consistently nurturing new sounds, mainly jungle/drum and bass and deep house as we know it today.
The scene at that time was in a later stage of development. A lot of the jocks that are making noise now and repping Atlanta found inspiration in what George was doing. He cultivated innovation. Hazeus, Gnosis, Sinceelay, J Stroke, Daniel Gresham, Mr. Scary, Kool Karl Injex, Justin, Marc Alan Gray, Swivel, Scott Herron (Prefuse73) even used to bartend there.
Who currently owns and manages the club?
What's the bottom line?
What is MJQ known for?
What's the overall vibe?
If you had to describe MJQ in 1 to 3 words, what would they be?
What's the typical MJQ-head like?
What would a couple regulars do if MJQ went out of business?
"That's a hard one. It has become one of our crew... one of my friends. I can't go anywhere else in town and get big drinks that are heavy on the gin, light on the tonic. When it was housed beneath the Ponce de Leon Hotel, it still had that same feeling in spite of the fact it was in the basement of hooker/heroin hell!
In reality, all my friends would still be around, but it's just not the same if it's not combined with Cozy spinning in the cafe … I apologize for going on and on about the dump, but hey, it is our dump and I would miss it desperately."Maria Portgee
Mondaysometimes Cock Nite.
Wednesday"That's the foundation. The DJ turnaround has run the gamut, with our current residents being Jonathan Edwards and Ian Lee." Also Wednesdays, Cafe sideCozy Shawn spinning funk and soul classics.
Thursdays"Internal parties like Roof Down and Slutphonography. The idea is to focus on creating a more intimate house party vibe. We encourage the DJs to play stuff they never get a chance to play."
First & Second FridaysDusty Than Digital's J Sun & DJ Detail host No Static At All. Really good hip-hop.
Saturdaybest deep house night in the city with Cullen Cole and Kai Alce."
Address and phone number?
From I-85 S: Get off at Peachtree St. exit. Take Peachtree to Ponce de Leon Ave. Head East, away from downtown and Krispy Kreme. Keep straight. Slow down as you approach big orange building on left and Kroger on right. Make that left at the big orange building (Ponce de Leon Place). MJQ is on right.
From intown: Find Ponce De Leon Ave. Head East, away from downtown and Krispy Kreme. Keep straight. Slow down as you approach big orange building on left and Kroger on right. Make that left at the big orange building (Ponce de Leon Place). MJQ is on right.
Any closing thoughts?
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