Mad Swirl Blue Note Reprise

Join Mad Swirl THIS 1st Wednesday of October (aka 10.02.19) at 8:00 SHARP as we swirl it up at our temporary Mad mic loco home for OCTOBER, Top Ten Records!

This month we will be revisiting 2008’s Mad Swirl Blue Note Issue. It’s hard to believe it has been 11 years since we released this collection and thought it due time to resurface this mad-tastic line-up!

In case you weren’t there back in 2008 (or need a refresher), here’s the Mad ones that contributed their poetic & musical gifts for this collaborative project:


Chris Curiel (trumpet)
Gerard Bendiks (skins)
Tamitha Curiel (vocals)


Johnny Olson
Cheyenne Gallion
Lisa Carmen
Paul Sexton
Opalina Salas
MH Clay
Desmene Statum
Josh Weir
Roderick Richardson
Chris Zimmerly

After the feature set, hosts Johnny O & MH Clay will open up the mic to invite all y’all to 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 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. October’s open mic will be ending earlier than usual so come early to get you a spot on the abbreviated list!

Note of Gratitude to the Mad Ones : 09.04.19

This past 1st Wednesday of September (aka 09.04.19) Mad Swirl once again whirled up our open mic madness! HUGE GRATS & shout out to all you mad poets, performers, artists and musicians who helped swirl us up some googily madness!

Here’s a visual of who is who:

Mad Swirl Open Mic : 09.04.19


Johnny O
MH Clay


Chris Curiel (trumpet)
Clay Stinnett (skins)

Mad Mic Cast:

Johnny Olson
MH Clay
Vic Victory
Chris Zimmerly
Cortlynn Blakenbaker
Harry McNabb
Tamitha Curiel
James “Bear” Rodehaver
Annika Michelle
Brett “BA” Ardoin

~ intermission ~

VP Crowe
Elliott Hill
Susan M Duval
Jack C. Ritter
Zack Schrotter
Vapid Space Cadet
Tim Urban

HUGE thanks to the the fine folks at Ruins. Specifically bartender Danny, sound dude Sam & 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