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, played 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.

video 11/4/18 Ricky Wilcox &The Moonsnakes cover Elvis C. at Skippers for WMNF British Invasion 4

full article:

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 majorŒæsetbacks and got well-deserved star treatment at the Palladium’s July 15thŒæWhen 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 rockersŒæDeloris 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. ξIn 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 hereξabout 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 haveŒæopened 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

So very sad to hear about the passing of one of my true heroes, David Bowie. Below is a video tribute by my band The Moonsnakes recorded on Bowie's 65th birthday. Featuring Jim Brown on bass, Steve Connelly on guitar, Rick Boucher on drums and Bill "Julio" Barrett on keys. RIP Mr. Jones, you were the light!

gigs this week...


11/14  Wed. COCO RED 7-11 Rumfish @ Guy Harvey Resort, St. Pete Beach  

11/8 Thurs. THE LITTLE KINGS 9-12 Red Beard’s @ The Tradewinds, St. Pete Beach

11/17 Sat. THE LITTLE KINGS 2-5 Salty's Beach Bar @ The Tradewinds, St. Pete Beach

11/18 Sun. RW&the MOONSNAKES, COTTONDALE SWAMP,SARA ROSE BAND,CADILLAC COWBOYS,THE HUMMINGBIRDS Benefit for Cottondale Swamp singer Kenny Grube Benefit Show 5-10PM Skippers Smokehouse Tampa






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!) on and rock on my friends...




7/27 Fri. RICKY W.&THE MOONSNAKES W/OTHERS WMNF Mick Jagger Birthday Bash Jannus Live, St. Pete


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

9/7 Fri.. RICKY W.&THE MOONSNAKES W/SKULLY Birthday Bash @ The Hideaway St. Pete

11/3 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 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"

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!

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..." (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. 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 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 - 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 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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ricky wilcox: monkeyshine

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Ricky Wilcox and the Moonsnakes: Last Day On Planet Earth
Ricky Wilcox and the Moonsnakes: Old Glory
12 bands cover Sir Paul through the years- Moonsnakes on @ 7:15, we are playing the year 1964- this is going to rock so get there early. Only 12. advance (a LOT cheaper than actual McCartney tix!!)

12 bands cover Sir Paul through the years- Moonsnakes on @ 7:15, we are playing the year 1964- this is going to rock so get there early. Only 12. advance (a LOT cheaper than actual McCartney tix!!)

Sunshine Drenchy Records Party - Live at The Palladium Side Door Saturday August 16!
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Ditchflowers, Steve Connelly & The Lesser Gods End Long Performance Drought

Saturday August 16, 2014 • Palladium Side Door, St. Petersburg

Tickets $12 in advance / $15 day of show -- FREE CD with price of admission.
Join us Saturday August 16 for a very special show featuring 5 of St. Petersburg's best bands: Steve Connelly & The Lesser Gods, The Ditchflowers, Ricky Wilcox & The Moonsnakes, Ed Woltil & The Loaded Question and Steve Robinson.

This show marks the return of both The Ditchflowers and Connelly's band to the stage after long hiatuses. And with Connelly & Co. and ex-bandmate Steve Robinson on the same bill, this is as close as we're likely to get to a reunion of the legendary Headlights any time soon.

St. Petersburg’s Sunshine Drenchy Records artist roster reads like a Who’s Who of Pinellas pop-rock royalty. And to help celebrate their first-ever record label showcase, each ticket-holder will receive a FREE CD from the Sunshine Drenchy record catalogue! 

Steve Connelly and the Lesser Gods
Creative Loafing has called Connelly “the premier guitarist in Tampa Bay for the past thirty years.” The Lesser Gods showcase Connelly’s searing guitar against lyrically incisive roots-rock anthems.

The Ditchflowers
Frontman Brian Merrill and award-winning songwriter Ed Woltil spearhead an all-star art-pop lineup to craft what critic Eric Snider has dubbed “exquisite…sweet timeless pop.”

Ricky Wilcox and the Moonsnakes
Former member of legendary Deloris Telescope, Wilcox blends power-pop, soul and 80’s British pub-rock influences to serve up an infectiously tuneful stew. WMNF's Duncan Strauss called Wilcox's Last Day on Planet Earth CD "loaded with one irresistible melody after another."

Ed Woltil and the Loaded Question
Pennyblack Music called Woltil’s new Paper Boats CD “the perfect pop album.” Acoustic pop combo The Loaded Question brings Woltil’s melodies to life balancing delicacy and dynamism.

Steve Robinson
Former Roger McGuinn sideman, and voice of Florida’s folk-rockers, The Headlights, Robinson’s beguiling songs carry echoes of his native England. Of Robinson’s Undercurrent CD, Uncut magazine wrote that “every cut is a crystalline gem.”

More info and tickets here…
Check out CDs available from these artists at the following links:

Ricky Wilcox
Ed Woltil
Steve Robinson
Steve Connelly
The Ditchflowers

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...
Moonsnakes are back in action! Grand opening Weekend for Pinellas Ale Works at 1962 1st. Av. S. in St. Pete!

Moonsnakes are back in action! Grand opening Weekend for Pinellas Ale Works at 1962 1st. Av. S. in St. Pete!

thanks to all for an amazing night!!

this show was a blast!

we had a blast at the New Ringside!

we had a blast at the New Ringside!

and Deloris Telescope to ice the cake!

Moonsnakes at Drakes Bar, Orlando 9/24/11

Ricky Wilcox and the Moonsnakes does The Who, 6/13/2015 - ANDY WARRENER
ANDY WARRENER: Ricky Wilcox and the Moonsnakes does The Who, 6/13/2015

thanks one and all for this special night!

another great night at The Hideaway!

Friday September 19 The Hideaway Cafe 1756 Central Ave, St Petersburg, FL 727.644.7895
RW & THE MOONSNAKES and special guests TALK TO MARK
mark your calendars!

Ginger's New Book!

Ginger Warder, my dear friend and partner in crime since the last century- ha ha- has written a great book- (and a perfect stocking stuffer:), for all of you dog lovers like me. It's called 'Fido's Florida' and is an awesome doggy friendly guide for the state of Florida. I also took some of the photos in the book, including the back cover shot of Ginger and her dog Tipsy. Check out the link at