Note of Gratitude to the Mad Ones : 10.02.19

Blue Note Reprise

This past 1st Wednesday of October (aka 10.02.19) Mad Swirl once again whirled up our open mic madness! This time we did our thang at the historic Top Ten Records! HUGE GRATS to them for opening their arms to us Mad ones & shout out to all you mad poets, performers, artists and musicians who helped swirl us up some googily madness!

This month we revisited 2008’s Mad Swirl Blue Note Issue. It’s was 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 (played by BA)
Lisa Carmen
Paul Sexton
Opalina Salas
MH Clay
Desmene Statum
Josh Weir
Roderick Richardson (played by Carlos Salas)
Chris Zimmerly

Here’s a visual of who is who (HUGE grats to Rosie Lindsey for these mad snaps):

After the feature set, hosts Johnny O & MH Clay opened up the mic to invite all y’all to join in & share in the Mad Swirl’n festivities.

Open Mic:

Harry McNabb
Vic Victory
Tom Farris
Susan M Duval
Tamitha Curiel
Brett “BA” Ardoin
CJ Critt
Carlos Salas
Benjamin Grace
Jessica Ozoude

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 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