singer/songwriter, drummer/strummer, solo/duo/band, picker/grinner
"St. Pete’s Ricky Wilcox is an accomplished pop-rock singer- songwriter whose unusual credits include a featured song on the ABC soap All My Children and a blink-and-you-miss-it cameo in The Punisher movie. On new disc Last Day On Planet Earth, Wilcox and his band of Moonsnakes play Midwestern power-pop, soul, country and early ‘80’s British pub rock tunes with effortless harmonies. They contemplate the wonders of love and spaceships, too..." Tampa Bay Times
...possibly best known as drummer/singer/songwriter in iconic 80's/90's Tampa Bay band Deloris Telescope, winner of two consecutive Jammy awards for all star band drums, Ricky now fronts his original band The Moonsnakes; plays in "high energy retro acoustic duo/trio" The Little Kings; plays a lot of solo gigs, plays drums with Tampa Bay power-lounge icons The Vodkanauts, and is also a member of British Invasion tribute The Shaguars, and also 1/2 of campy pop duo Dick and Feef.
Amid the unsettling news reports from Charlottesville, Va., local music fans enjoyed healthy sonic distraction Saturday night, courtesy of some local music heavyweights at the Hideaway Cafe.
Steve Connelly — a living legend who has gigged locally for the past four decades, survived some majoræsetbacks and got well-deserved star treatment at the Palladium’s July 15thæWhen I’m 64 concert in celebration of his birthday — played a low-key, folk rock acoustic set to a Hideaway packed house. The guitar savant and producer was a little self-effacing talking about the solo acoustic gig, but take our word for it, it was a treat. He kept us and the rest of the crowd rapt with his heartfelt performance and sweet strums.
Celebrating her birthday at the show, local writer Lisa Spencer got a shot out from Wilcox, who led the crowd in singing a birthday tune for her.
Ricky Wilcox & the Moonsnakes followed, wrapped the intimate-but-packed room in a shimmery throw of power-pop stylings. Frontman Wilcox, who used to play with rhythmic, new wave rockersæDeloris Telescope — an ’80s band that often shared the same bill as Connelly’s Headlights — amused the crowd with sassy but personable stage banter, once likening a love song to “yet another tale of dysfunction and codependence.” He and his Moonsnakes were both tight and effervescent.
The Moonsnakes lineup included Connelly, who added just the right complement with his soaring melodies. plus Jim brown on bass, Alex Wolfe Parnes on drums, and Jeff Graves on guitar. æIn unison they conjured a wide range of time periods and pop styles, from Wilco to the Beach Boys to Tom Petty to early R.E.M., Big Star and Elvis Costello. (Drummer Rick Boucher was among the original lineup; read hereæabout his podcast.)
Their latest release, Last Day on Planet Earth, on Sunshine Drenchy, offers hooks and musicianship aplenty, as did the show Saturday night.
Throughout the years, Wilcox and Connelly have played alongside or on the same bill as some big names. Wilcox has played with various bands that haveæopened for the Police, Rick Springfield, the Gin Blossoms, the Butthole Surfers, A Flock of Seagulls and X. Connelly’s Headlights gigged live with Byrds lead singer and (Indian Rocks Beach resident) Roger McGuinn, as seen here on The Tonight Show in 1991.
Text by Julie Garisto; photos by Daniel Veintimilla
gigs this week...
8/14 Tues. RICKY SOLO 7-11 7-11 Rumfish @ Guy Harvey Resort, St. Pete Beach
8/15 Wed. THE LITTLE KINGS 7-11 Rumfish @ Guy Harvey Resort, St. Pete Beach
8/16 Thurs. RICKY SOLO 8-11 Red Beard’s @ The Tradewinds, St. Pete Beach
8/18 Sat. THE LITTLE KINGS 3-7 Splitsville Disney Springs, Kissimmee
Greetings and Salutations!
Welcome to the site and check out all the great things we've got going on...It's been a great couple of months with a lot of neat stuff happening...and more to come! Please check in whenever you can and come out to see me (or us!) sometime....read on and rock on my friends...
THE MOONSNAKES GIGS past and UPCOMING!
5/26 Sat.: WMNF US TOO! FEST AT JANNUS LANDING; RICKY WILCOX &THE MOONSNAKES DO THE CLASH! JANNUS LIVE, ST. PETE
6/1 Fri.: RICKY WILCOX &THE MOONSNAKES + COTTONDALE SWAMP 9pm-12 NEPTUNES- TARPON SPRINGS FIRST FRIDAY AFTER PARTY
7/27 Fri. RICKY W.&THE MOONSNAKES W/OTHERS WMNF Mick Jagger Birthday Bash Jannus Live, St. Pete
SAT. JULY 28 RICKY WILCOX &THE MOONSNAKES 5-9 BOTTLES BEER GARDEN, PINELLAS PARK
7/29 Sun. RICKY W.&THE MOONSNAKES W/OTHERS Cage Brewery "Dammit Janet" Benefit, St. Pete
9/2 Sun. RICKY W.&THE MOONSNAKES W/OTHERS Emerald Bar Benefit for Kim Dicce
10/3 Sat. RICKY W.&THE MOONSNAKES W/OTHERS Skippers Smokehouse WMNF British Invasion 4
12/31 Mon RICKY W.&THE MOONSNAKES 8-12 Rumfish Grill@ The Guy Harvey Resort New Year's Eve Bash!
It's been a busy year so far! 2016 started off with three projects- all where I am back to playing drums! First off I joined local legends The Vodkanauts, doing their signature "power lounge" style, and have been having a blast. The band includes Jonathan Harrison (vocals) Mark Warren (guitar) Ryan Arsenault (keys) and John DeBellis (bass). This pic was taken right after one of our first shows at Skippers- dapper! Unfortunately, with keyboard player Ryan moving to Germany, The Vodkanauts have called it quits for the time being, however it was a great year of banging the drums with these guys!
Next I was asked to play drums on my friend and former bandmate Ted Lukas's newest album, and that has been going great and sounding kick ass as well!
This group of fine players includes Tim Cronin (bass) Ted Lukas (Guitar and vox) myself (drums) and Joe Sanders (guitar)
Thirdly- i was asked to join local power pop legends Barely Pink to play drums with them doing their recreation of the entire Ziggy Stardust album for WMNF's Tropical Heatwave 2016...It turned out to be quite a night as we had a packed house at the Crowbar in Ybor City! From left to right at the show; Mark Warren (guitar) Brian Merrill (vox) myself on the kit, Michael Hoag (bass) and Dan La Joy (guitar). Good to get back behind the drums this year, just to mix things up!
cool stuff going on now...
2017: Ricky Wilcox and The Moonsnakes get 5 nominations in CREATIVE LOAFING BEST OF THE BAY AWARDS! best local band, pop act, rock act, instrumentalist (Steve Connelly) singer songwriter (Ricky Wilcox) thanks CL readers!
2017: recording complete for Ted Lukas' new release "King OF Reverse" Ricky Wilcox on drums, Joe Sanders on guitars, Tim Cronin on bass and Ted Lukas on tunes, vox, and guitars!
2016: our song '2 Birds' from Old Glory was the #10 song in the www.musictampabay.com top 10 songs of 2015!
2015: Ricky Wilcox & The Moonsnakes rock WMNF's "The British Are Coming!"
review: 6/15/15 by Andy Warrener ..."WMNF shows always attract the most diverse denizen, and this night was no exception, its cornucopia yielding anyone from 20-something hipsters and rockabilly swingers to hippies and rockers in their 60s. The Vodkanauts gave way to Parson Brown performing The Hollies, which gave way to Ricky Wilcox and the Moonsnakes tackling upbeat renditions by The Who.
Wilcox and Company opened with "I Can't Explain," followed it up with "The Kids Are Alright" and "So Sad About Us." The patently recognizable songs and Wilcox's giant, windmill swipes of the guitar brought the crowd back to full throat sing-alongs until they wrapped the set with "Substitute." full review on press page
2015: Ricky Wilcox & The Moonsnakes rock WMNF's Tropical Heatwave 2015!
2014: Inked Licensing Deal! earlier this year Ricky signed a licensing / publishing deal with FUTURE HITS / SPIRIT MUSIC GROUP, NYC, which included several songs from LDOPE, including "Light Up","Jump Back" and "Arms Around It"!
2014: Ricky sang backup vocals along with Jayne Kelley on Sarasota's Michael Miller / The Heart Machine's excellent CD release "Love Is Home"
2013: RW & The Moonsnakes track "Picture" from Last Day On Planet Earth was officially the #6 song in the Top 10 Songs of the Year (2013) on Music Tampa Bay. Another LDOPE track, "Light Up", was also in the top 100. Thanks to everyone who voted for us, and to MTB for it's all encompassing format and support of local original music! http://www.musictampabay.com/
review: 6/15/14 Oh-So-Good, Oh-So-Fine: WMNF’s Tribute to The Kinks, By Amy Beeman "...Ricky Wilcox and the Moonsnakes played excellent straight forward versions of their allotted four songs, keeping folks dancing. This band’s handling of The Kinks’ music was likely the closest some of us will ever get to hearing The Kinks play live. Really great." (full review on "press" page)
review: Last Day On Planet Earth "Fabulous 60's influenced summery pop on new album from Tampa Bay-based singer-songwriter Ricky Wilcox and his latest band, The Moonsnakes..." pennyblackmusic.co.uk (full review on "press" page)
latest recording: Old Glory 2013
YAY! We now have another new record available for major consumer consumption! "Old Glory" is our newest release on Sunshine Drenchy Records. ...so check it out, please, at cdbaby, iTunes, Amazon, etc..."old Glory has it's own page on this site, so go to it for more information, stories about the albums creation and song info! if you are looking for "Last Day..." or "Old Glory" search under 'Ricky Wilcox and The Moonsnakes'; if you are looking for "Monkeyshine" type in just 'Ricky Wilcox'
previously...(2012) "Last Day On Planet Earth" is finally done and has now been released on Sunshine Drenchy Records, home of The Ditchflowers, Steve Robinson and Steve Connelly, among other notorious Florida pop-meisters...The record looks pretty cool (if I say so myself) and sounds great and my friends at QCA in my hometown of Cincinnati did a great job.
My earlier record "Monkeyshine" is also still available on iTunes and CD Baby (digital only- hard copies have sold out!). A cut from that album, "Insignificant," was featured on ABC's All My Children for most of 2009...I swear this has nothing to do with the show's cancellation!
My song "Drive On" (a cut from my first solo recording "Bonecrusher" -soon to be available for digital download!) was selected to be included on the newest BAAMO (Bay Area Arts and Music Organization) compilation CD, "Tales of Highways and Low Roads" available at Baamo.org. This is funny because it was actually recorded in 1991! Old school and still pretty ass kicking...
AIRPLAY!! This year we got our first European airplay from "Last Day..." via RADIOGIRL on Dollard Radio - Oldambt, The Netherlands! Host/Producer/Engineer: Johanna J. Bodde
Available via live-stream at www.dollardradio.nl - Saturdays 9AM-11AM EST. We are also getting international airplay from our friends in British Columbia with "Spaceship Over Tulsa" and "Picture" being added to the playlist at 92.5FM, Shaw Cable 106.1, and live at www.TheX.ca in Kamloops, BC, Canada...also locally we were the "Album of the Week" on WMNF and Music Tampa Bay!
My original band The Moonsnakes is off and running (again), and all my other projects are staying busy as little beavers as well...look for me solo, the Little Kings, and Dick and Feef gigs coming soon!
So please stay tuned...I promise to try and keep things interesting!
'monkeyshine' still available!
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The Theatre Band !
Friday May 9: THE THEATRE BAND 35 YEAR REUNION SHOW! Friday Extra Concert Series FREE outdoor concert at Lowry Park Zoo Bandshell for May. Bring a cooler, dinner, snacks and a chair to enjoy this free outdoor event. Opening Act 7:00 - 7:25pm Diana Deiber (acoustic folk pop), Theatre Band; Main Act 7:30 – 9:00 pm. This is a live televised concert! Featuring now local members Donni Bennett (Detroit) lead vocals/guitar, Ricky Wilcox (Cincinnati) drums/vocals, and from Chicago, Tommy Biondo; bass/vocals, and Steve "Goose" Staszak; lead guitar. Theatre invaded Florida from the midwest in the early 80's and became a premiere force on the local Florida scene along side contemporaries Hoochie and Romeo/Stranger. Constantly touring the country, the band landed a record deal with Spirit Records in Michigan, and made the album "Diamonds" which spawned a hit single "Boy LIke Me"...Theatre opened for The Police and Rick Springfield, among many others...
thanks to all for an amazing night!!
this show was a blast!
and Deloris Telescope to ice the cake!
Moonsnakes at Drakes Bar, Orlando 9/24/11
thanks one and all for this special night!
another great night at The Hideaway!
RW & THE MOONSNAKES and special guests TALK TO MARK
Ginger's New Book!