Join Mad Swirl THIS 1st Wednesday of August (aka 08.07.19) as at 8:00 SHARP as we swirl it up at our Mad mic loco home, RUINS!

To start us off, Chris Curiel’s Swirve (with special guests ???) will start us off with some Mad musical grooves. After that, join in & share in the Mad Swirl’n festivities.

Come to be a part of this collective creative love child we affectionately call Mad Swirl Open Mic.

Come to participate.

Come to appreciate.

Come to Swirl-a-brate!

P.S. To get a spot on our pre-list, all you gotta do is give us a “Going” on our FB event page and check-in the night of!

Note of Gratitude to the Mad Ones : 07.03.19

This past 1st Wednesday of July (aka 07.03.19) Mad Swirl whirled up our open mic madness! All you Poet-riots and Creative Conspirators, came to celebrate a revolution, the birth of a nation of free expression! “Yes!” prevailed and “No” vanquished when ALL Y’ALL stood up to be heard; your poems, your songs, your selves in all your Googily-Eyed Glory!

HUGE GRATS & shout out to all you mad poets, performers, artists and musicians who helped swirl us up some googily madness!


Johnny O
MH Clay


Chris Curiel (trumpet)
Max Oepen (drums)
Ed McMahon (guitar)

Mad Mic Cast:

Johnny Olson
MH Clay
Chris Zimmerly
Opalina Salas
Brett “BA” Ardoin
Suza Kanon
Carlos Salas
Monni Devine
Harry McNabb
Tamitha Curiel

~ intermission ~

Roderick Richardson
Tom Farris
Susan Duval
Matt Bagley
Tony Robinson
Cypher Wynters
Imari Traimonn
Jay Holland
Don Juan

HUGE thanks to the the fine folks at Ruins. Specifically bartender Jimbo, sound dude Nick & promoter Matt!

And lastly, but never leastly, thanks to ALL WHO CAME to support the launch of our creative collaborative love-child & share in this googily, loving, laughing, lasting night of poetry and music!

May the madness swirl your way! ’til next 1st Wednesday…

Johnny O

P.S. In case you missed the LIVE feeds, your eye can spy on the Swirl’n scenes that was right here…


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 Ruins. It's THE place to be on the first Wednesday of the month!

Where Doess This Madness Take Place?

Ruins is located at 2653 Commerce St • Dallas, TX 75226