Notes of Gratitude to the Mad Ones : 04.05.17


This 1st Wednesday of April (aka 04.05.17) we swirled it up madly in the live way that we do every month. This month we opened the mic up to all you mad poets, performers and musicians.

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

(click on the pic to get ’em movin’!)
photos courtesy of Dan “the man” Rodriguez

Johnny Olson​
MH Clay​


Mad Mic Cast:
Paul Sexton​
Desmene M. Statum​
James Barrett Rodehaver​
Taylor Denise Teachout
Afton Claiborne​
Mark David Noble​
Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi​
Elliot Pickens
Nadia Wolnisty​
Carlos Salas​
David Crandall​


Paul Koniecki​
Vic Victory​
Austin Caraway
Opalina Salas​
Tom Farris
Maggie Smith​
Jake Kinnard​
Reverie Evolving​
Hector Ortiz​
Cj Critt​
Aaron Glover
Aye Nero​
Sarah Karowski
Brian Cox​

HUGE thanks to Swirve​ (Gerard Bendiks​ & Chris Curiel) for taking us to another dimension of time and space on the wings of their jazzy madness!

Thanks to all who came out to the City Tavern​ & shared this beat-utifullest night of poetry and music with us!

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

Check out the LIVE feed of our OPEN MIC set here.

P.S. A minor technological difficulty cut the LIVE feed short, here is the opening video.

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