Notes of Gratitude to ALL the Mad Ones!

February 4, 2015
David Crandall

A fine time seemed to be had by all who filled the Lounge! Huge GRATS to our feature last night, genius guitarist and swirlin’ songwriter David Crandall! Always a treat to have him on our stage and blessed to have jammed to a whole set of his musical madness. Missed the madness? Then check out of UStream feed here!

Thanks to ALL the wonderful poets and musicians who shared their words, their verses and their fine light with us. It truly was a fine night to be alive and in our Mad Swirl world. In case you missed this Mad action, here is the line-up of who was who…

(photos courtesy of Dan "the man!" Rodriguez)


David Crandall


Johnny O
MH Clay

Mad Cast:
Konnichiwa Zach Schrotter
Opalina Salas
Paul Konieki
Cj Critt
Chris Zimmerly
Maggie Smith
Carlos Salas
BA aka Zipline Shazam
Merlin the Magical One
Roderick Richardson
Josh Weir
Kristine Jessup
Jasmin Kinard
Jake Kinard
Paul Junior

HUGE thanks to Swirve (Chris Curiel & Gerard Bendiks) for keeping the beat til the wee hours of the night. We got taken to another dimension of time and space on the wings of their jazzy madness!

And as always, big THANKS to the patron saint of the loco local mad ones, Kevin, owner of Absinthe Lounge, who has given 120 reasons to give him all the mad props and love that we do!

And finally we would like to thank ALL of you who freely shared their hand claps, finger-snaps, hoots and howls with all the mad ones who got up on this sacred mad swirlin’ mic.

We look forward to ALL the m-adventures to come! Stay tuned…

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 Absinthe & 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.

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

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

Where Doess This Madness Take Place?

The City Tavern is located at 1402 Main Street • Dallas, TX