Songs with style.
Philly’s Casual Fantastic mixes up a musical brew of original rock n roll, parlor pop, lounge punk, and country noir. Casual and Fantastic, Casual Fantastic features songwriter Josh McIlvain on guitar and vocals with Nikitas Menotiades on stand up drums (with an old suitcase for the bass drum) and backing vocals. Formed in 2019, the two experienced performers add theatricality and humor to their bare-bones brand of music making. For recordings, they have teamed up with Nik’s brother, producer and multi-instrumentalist Paul Menotiades, to add some class to the operation.
Cover art and song art by Luisa Colón.
Venues of Concerts Past
Bath Farmers Market (Bath, ME)
Christmas Village (Phila, PA)
Ernest & Scott Taproom (Wilmington, DE)
Free Fringe Philly Cabaret (Phila, PA)
High Point Café (Phila, PA)
Jenkintown Arts Festival (Jenkintown, PA)
Kingsland (Brooklyn, NY)
MAAS Building Studio / Cannonball Festival (Phila., PA)
Melelani’s Cafe (Phila, PA)
Mount Airy Village Fair (Phila, PA)
Rockwood Music Hall (NYC, NY)
The Rusty Nail (Ardmore, PA)
Second Saturdays Chestnut Hill (Philadelphia, PA)
ShopRite (Wilmington, DE)
The Way Station (Brooklyn, NY)
Weaver’s Way Co-op Chestnut Hill (Phila, PA)
Be casual, but be fantastic!
Past love for previous musical endeavors by songwriter Josh McIlvain:
‘Outrageous, irreverent and undeniably entertaining.” Phrequency.com
“One of Philadelphia’s most eclectic, sophisticated, and clever singer-songwriters.” Origivation Magazine
“Trippy, unpredictable, lighthearted, and strange—an intriguing listen for the adventurous.” That Music Mag
“[The songs] all flow together held by a lyrical sharpness and a distinctive voice . . . good stuff.” Terrascope (UK)