Notes of Gratitude to the Mad Ones : 11.07.18


This past 1st Wednesday of November (aka 11.07.18) Mad Swirl kicked off our 14th year of mic madness! The Regal Room (at the Independent Bar & Kitchen) was chock filled with all the swirlin’ souls we know AND love! ‘t’was quite the Swirl-abration!

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…


Johnny O
MH Clay


Chris Curiel (trumpet)
Max Oepen (drums)
Dave Monsch (sax)
Carlos Salas (pocket operator)

Open Mic:

Johnny O
MH Clay
Opalina Salas
Bt=rett “BA” Ardoin
Desmene M. Statum
David Crandall
Carlos Salas
Devorah Titunik
James “Bear” Rodehaver
Josh Weir


Harry Mcnabb
Tom Farris
Christopher Calle
Susan M Duval
Jack C. Ritter

GREAT BIG YES to Swirve, for stirring the Swirl the best way in the world!

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

HUGEST grats to our Patron Saint of we Mad Ones & proprietor of the Independent, Joshua 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 and Swirl-abrations with us!

May the madness keep swirlin’ your way ’til the next Mad Swirl 1st Wednesday (12.05.18 @ 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