Notes of Gratitude to the Mad Ones : 08.01.18

Live-Launchin' of "The Best of Mad Swirl : v2017"

Back in November of ’04, we never imagined we’d be Swirl’n up the Mad mic all 13+ years later. But here we are!

In these 13+ years we had us a few homes & all were mighty kind to us and each venue will have a very special place in our mad Mad hearts. But times directed us to get on the road…

This past 1st Wednesday of August (aka 08.01.18) Mad Swirl continued to whirl up our mic madness at our NEW mad mic-ness home, Dallas’ Regal Room (at the Independent Bar & Kitchen)!

This month, besides breaking in our badass new digs, we also showcased the local and worldwide works from our “Best of Mad Swirl : v2017” Anthology.

HUGE GRATS to all you mad poets, performers, artists and musicians who helped swirl us up a mighty fine night!

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

Mad Swirl Open Mic: 08.01.18

(click to start the slideshow : photos courtesy of Dan “the MAN!” Rodriguez)


Johnny O
MH Clay


Chris Curiel
Tamitha Curiel
Max Oepen

Featured Works by:

MH Clay
Alexandra Corinth
Christopher Calle
Lisa Moak Wallis
Opalina Salas
Chris Zimmerly
Gayle Bell (read by Victory)
Cheyenne Gallion (read by Carlos Salas)
Johnny Olson

Open Mic:

Annika Michelle
Paul Sexton
Desmene M. Statum
Brett Ardoin
Devorah Titunik
Vic Victory
James Barrett Rodehaver
Christina Cain
Harry Mcnabb
Susan M Duval
Josh Weir
Erica Stephens
Tom Farris
Emmeline Miles


Dan Rodriguez

GREAT BIG YES to Swirve’s Chris & Tamitha Curiel and their special guest Max Oepen, for stirring the Swirl the best way in the world!

More HUGE YES’es to Regal Room’s Thad Kuiper (sound), Brian & Lisa for makin’ our stay most righteous.

HUGEST grats to our Patron Saint of we Mad Ones & proprietor of the Independent, Josh Florence!

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

May the madness keep swirlin’ your way ’til the next Mad Swirl 1st Wednesday (09.05.18 @ 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…

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