Mad Swirl's On the Road...


  • Mad Swirl will be taking July’s 1st Wednesday off to celebrate ‘murica!
  • Starting August 1st, Mad Swirl’s new home will be at the Regal Room in Deep Ellum! We sure are gonna miss our former home, City Tavern. ‘Twas a good two year run there but due to space limitations with their new location, we gots’ta hit the road! Sooo…

Join Mad Swirl & Swirve the 1st Wednesday of August (aka 08.01.18) at 8:00 SHARP as we continue to swirl up our mic madness at our NEW mad mic-ness home, Dallas’ Regal Room at the Independent Bar & Kitchen!

This month, besides breaking in the new digs, we will be showcasing the local and worldwide works from our “Best of Mad Swirl : v2017” Anthology!

Come on out, one & all… share in the Mad Swirl’n festivities, & if the spirit is movin’ ya get yourself a spot on our list. Come to be a part of this collective creative love child we affectionately call Mad Swirl.

Come to participate.

Come to appreciate.

Come to swirl-a-brate this new Mad chapter!

For you ‘bookers out there, stay tuned to our Facebook page for the invite to pop-up!

Notes of Gratitude to the Mad Ones : 06.06.18

This past 1st Wednesday of June (aka 06.06.18) Mad Swirl​ hosted our 3rd Annual Dr. Googily-Eyes Healing Circus & Mad Swirlin’ Medicine Show where a whole lotta YES’es were incited and the NO’s crashed hard!

HUGE YES’es to all you mad poets, performers, artists and musicians who helped swirled us up a mighty fine night!

Here’s a shout out to all who graced us with your words, your songs, your divine madness…


Johnny O
MH Clay


Swirve (with special guest Monte Espina)

Mad Mic Cast:

(Feature Set)

Johnny O
MH Clay
Brett “BA” Ardoin
Opalina Salas
Chris Zimmerly
Carlos Salas

(Open Mic)

Josh Weir
Christina “Moon Vibe” Cain
Brian Cox
Tamitha Curiel
Patrick Haines
Emmeline Miles
Elliott Hill
Taylor Henry

GREAT BIG YES to Swirve’s Chris Curiel and his special guest Monte Espina, for stirring the Swirl the best way in the world!

More HUGE YES’es to City Tavern​’s Thad Kuiper & Noble Tse for makin’ our stay most righteous. HUGEST grats to friend & proprietor of the Tavern, Josh Florence!

And lastly, but never leastly, yes Yes YES to all who came out to the Tavern & shared this loving, laughing, lasting night of poetry and music with us!

May the madness keep swirlin’ your way ’til next the Mad Swirl 1st Wednesday (August 1st, The Regal Room)…

Johnny O

P.S. In case you missed the LIVE feed, it’s not too late to be a fly on the wall. Check it out in all its LIVE glory right here…

Feature Set:

Open Mic:

Last Round:

Interested in Performing?

If you are a mad poet, musician, actor, singer and/or performer (circus freaks and Elvis impersonators always welcome) & live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, come to the Regal Room and strut–yo–stuff.

The show starts at 8:00pm and the mic closes when there's no one left standing.

Come one. Come all! Come to participate. Come to appreciate. Come to be a part of this collective creative love child we affectionately call Mad Swirl Open Mic!

Got questions? E-mail us at for further details that may not be listed here.

Mad Swirl Open Mic at The Regal Room. It's THE place to be on the first Wednesday of the month!

Where Doess This Madness Take Place?

The Regal Room at the Independent Bar & Kitchen is located at 2712 Main Street • Dallas, TX