Note of Gratitude to the Mad Ones : 11.01.23

19 Years of Swirling up Open Mic Madness!

If you joined Mad Swirl Open Mic this past 1st Wednesday of November (aka 11.01.23) at our OC home, Barbara’s Pavillion, then you know that once again whirl’d up the Swirl and got the Mad mic opened for all you Mad ones out there!

This month we celebrated 19 YEARS of swirling up open mic madness! It has been quite the journey for us from that Fall day back in 2004. We ventured from Absinthe Lounge to The Underpass to City Tavern to the Regal Room to Top Ten Records to COVID-virtual and celebrated last night’s milestone at Barbara’s Pavillion! Thanks to all who indulged us in our trip down memory lane. We look forward to the many more Mad mic memories & moments to come!

Thanks to  ALL the participators & appreciators who rode the Mad wave live at Barbara’s:

Johnny O
MH Clay

Musical Overture:
Swirve (Chris Curiel, Gerard Bendiks)

Open Mic:
Tyler Malone
Desmene Statum
Brett “BA” Ardoin
Tamitha Curiel
Harry McNabb
Josh Weir
Elliot Hill
Dick Zinnendorf
Gaby Corona
Liz Ringo

We know you have a few choices of what to do with your Wednesday night (especially LAST NIGHT, with the Texas Rangers World Series win!) & you picked to hang out with lil ol’ us!

Stay tuned ’til next 1st Wednesday… ’til then, may the madness swirl your way!

Johnny O

P.S. In case you missed the LIVE feed, your eye can spy on the whole 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.

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