Note of Gratitude to the Mad Ones : 10.07.20

Dedicated to Rob Dyer (& David Parham too)

If you tuned in to Mad Swirl Open Mic​ this past 1st Wednesday (aka 10.07.20), Mad Swirl Open Mic once again virtually whirled up the Swirl and got the Mad mic opened for all you Mad ones out there!

This month we featured the works of our dearly departed Mad brother, Rob Dyer (& David Parham). The following poets shared Mad memories & performed Rob’s works:

Musical Overture: Swirve

Johnny Olson
MH Clay
Opalina Salas
Carlos Salas
Vic Victory
Chris Zimmerly
Desmene M. Statum
Paul Koniecki
Aye Nero
Brett “BA” Ardoin
Amy Conner

After we cheered to & teared-up in our tribute to Rob Dyer, we proceeded to beam our cyber line-up straight out into the wide world of webs & straight to your screens. HUGE grats to these Mad ones who swirled their madness on our virtual mic:

Musical Interlude: Pecan Tree

CJ Critt
Anthony Ripp
Martin Hache
Marianne Szlyk
Ethan Goffman
Atenea Afrodita Garza Leon
Roderick Richardson
Edward Wells
Shelby Clay Cross

Thanks to ALL the appreciators who rode the Mad wave from our FB Live feeds! We know you had a choice of what to do with your Wednesday night (like watch the debates!) & you picked to virtually hang out with us!

Now more than ever, we need community, we need outlets, we need to create.

Be safe & ’til next 1st Wednesday… may the madness swirl your way
(& Rob, wherever you may be, have one for me!)

Johnny O

P.S. In case you missed the LIVE feed, your eye can spy on these virtual Swirl’n scenes 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.

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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