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MJQ Through the Years 

June 23, 2011
When MJQ opened for business in the basement of the Ponce de Leon Hotel in March 1994, Atlanta had never seen anything like it. The shabby nightclub with the mod design was the singular vision of a 6-foot-4-inch Swedish-Chinese tastemaker named George Chang, and the club's name was a nod to his favorite band, the Modern Jazz Quartet. As the city has evolved over the last 17 years, the club has changed with it. From its humble beginnings as the hippest hole-in-the-wall on Ponce to becoming the city's edgiest dance club, MJQ is still the epicenter for Atlanta's underground nightlife scene. -- Chad Radford
Courtesy John Robinson
John Robinson's (DJ Gnosis) members-only card shown at the door for entry at the old MJQ.
Courtesy Dorothea Bozicolona-Volpe
George Chang (right) who founded MJQ in 1994 and close friend Dorothea Bozicolona-Volpe.
Courtesy Steve Deniro
Michael Payne and MJQ bartender Jessica Rose
Courtesy Ben Rhoades
Dirty Dr. Dax (left) as a young man, circa 1997
Courtesy Ben Rhoades
Michael Payne and second MJQ owner Ben Rhoades (right)
An early page from the MJQ scrapbook
An early page from the MJQ scrapbook
Drag queen Tom Tom (right), a regular at MJQ, circa 1998
Courtesy Steve Deniro
Ryan Murphy current manager of MJQ (right) and former co-owner Ben Lukens
Flyer for when move happened in 1997 announcing closing of old club and opening of new club.
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The underground ramp to MJQ
Debbie Tas
Andre 3000 (left) and Big Gipp (right) hanging out at MJQ, circa 1998.
Tom Tulis
Scott Herren of Prefuse 73 in 2000 at MJQ
Rasta Root on the tunrtables
Joeff Davis
Brian Parris mixes up Wednesday nights
Shannon McCullom
D.R.E.S. tha Beatnik lights up the stage for Fantastic Friday.
DJ Klever
Clayton Hauck
Courtesy Ben Rhoades
Lightning Bolt plays MJQ
Clayton Hauck
Dallas Austin (left) foregoes the VIP treatment at MJQ
B Jay Womack of the Lids (left to right), Jared Swilley of the Black Lips and Alix Brown of the Lids
Zombie Prom, a themed party in 2006
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The old school commode at the Drunken Unicorn.
Joeff Davis
The new men's room at MJQ
Renovating in May, 2011
MJQ parodies American Apparel with an ad featuring "security associate" Little Jake
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Courtesy John Robinson
John Robinson's (DJ Gnosis) members-only card shown at the door for entry at the old MJQ.
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