Casual Fantastic debuts Casual Fantastic: Good Things at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, a song-cycle concert about a journey from our disturbing reality to a more beatific world. Casual Fantastic: Good Things includes with film projections and opens September 15 at the MAAS Building as part of the Cannonball Festival, a satellite festival within the Fringe.
Wednesday Sept 15 at 10pm
Wednesday Sept 22 at 10pm
Saturday Sept 25 at 11pm
Location: Maas Building Studio 1320 North 5th Street,, Philadelphia, PA (NOTE: Entrance now on 5th Street side of building)
Limited capacity, audiences must be vaccinated and wear masks. Please bring photo of vaccine card.
Enjoy a musical brew of rock n roll, parlor pop, lounge punk, and backcountry noir with visual landscapes. In this concert of storytelling songs of good and bad, whiskey and The Dollar General, Casual Fantastic navigates life’s darkness with sly humor, and life’s joys with an eye on the exit.
Casual Fantastic features songwriter Josh McIlvain on guitar and vocals with Nikitas Menotiades on stand-up drums—the bass drum an old suitcase—and vocals. Formed in 2019 as something of a 2-person indie rock busking band, the duo draws on their history as performers to add theatricality and humor to their bare-bones brand of music making. Casual Fantastic: Good Things marks their foray into a fully realized, interdisciplinary storytelling concert performance.
Video features special appearances by Luisa Colon, Adam Mazmanian, Tia Mathisen, Steve Lippe, Aaron Bitler, Lisa Zahren, Homer Robinson, Brishen Miller, Maggie Kelly, and Gracie.
Vocal, acoustic and electric guitars, bass: Josh McIlvain
Drums, backing vocals: Nikitas Menotiades
Bass, piano, Wurlitzer, backing vocals, treatments: Paul Menotiades
Written by Josh McIlvain
Mixed and Produced by Paul Menotiades
Mastered by Adrian Morgan, Timeless Mastering
Cover Art: Luisa Colon
Away by Casual Fantastic. Appearances by Leo Bond, Luisa Colon, Deborah Crocker, Mike Davis, Shawn Hart, Tia Mathisen, Josh McIlvain, Nikitas Menotiades, Brishen Miller, CJ Miller, Bambi Stoddard, Ellen “Dash” Walter, Rebecca Whitten, Jonathan Yudis, Jasper and Ginger.
Vocal, guitars, bass (Away): Josh McIlvain / Drums, backing vocals: Nikitas Menotiades / Bass (Goodbye, Goodbye), Wurlitzer, piano, backing vocal, sneaky bits: Paul Menotiades / Produced and Mixed by Paul Menotiades / Written by Josh McIlvain / Mastered by Adrian Morgan, Timeless Mastering Cover Art: Luisa Colon / Mellow Farmer Music / casualfantastic.com
Whiskey Warm by Casual Fantastic Vocal, guitar, bass: Josh McIlvain Drums, backing vocals: Nikitas Menotiades Organ, acoustic guitar, slide guitar, treatments: Paul Menotiades Words and Music by Josh McIlvain Mixed and Produced by Paul Menotiades Mastered by Adrian Morgan, Timeless Mastering Cover Art: Luisa Colon Mellow Farmer Music