Note of Gratitude to the Mad Ones : 06.05.19

Our NEW HOME Ruins!

This past 1st Wednesday of June (aka 06.05.19) Mad Swirl whirled up our open mic madness at our NEW HOME, Ruins! As soon as we arrived, we knew that we found us a mighty fine new home. Thanks to Ruins for so openly opening their arms to us Mad ones! We are honored to call y’all our open mic home.

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

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


Johnny O
MH Clay


Chris Curiel
Stefan Gonzalez

Mad Mic Cast:

Brett “BA” Ardoin
Opalina Salas
Harry McNabb
Devorah Titunik
Cortlynn Blankenbaker
Carlos Salas
Paul Sexton
James “Bear” Rodehaver

~ intermission ~

Tom Farris
Susan Duval
Martin Hache
Matt Bagley
Elliot Hill

HUGE thanks to the the fine folks at Ruins. Specifically bartender/GM Josh, 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 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…

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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