Artist of the day: Ricky Wilcox and the Moonsnakes
St. Petersburg’s Ricky Wilcox is an accomplished pop-rock singer-songwriter whose unique credits include a song (Insignificant) on All My Children and a blink-and-you-miss-it cameo in The Punisher. It stands to reason that his band, the Moonsnakes, are equally respected around the Bay area — Steve Connelly (guitar), Rick Boucher (drums), Jim Brown (bass) and Bill “Julio” Barrett (keys).
A native of Ohio, Wilcox has played and toured with a number of popular local acts over the years, including Deloris Telescope and the Hazies, and has opened for everyone from the Police to Cheap Trick to the Gin Blossoms to X. The Moonsnakes are his original band, and their new album, Last Day on Planet Earth, infuses Wilcox’s signature power-pop vibe with hints of soul, country and early ‘80s British pub rock.
If you missed Wilcox at last weekend’s Talking Animals Music Night at New World Brewery, fear not: Wilcox and the Moonsnakes are celebrating the release of Last Day on Planet Earth with a party on Friday at the Hideaway Cafe in St. Petersburg. The group will play the new album in its entirety. Joining them on the bill are Gale Trippsmith, Kirk Adams and other friends and guests. Tickets are $5, and include a copy of the CD. Click here for details.
And if you just want to see Wilcox solo, he’ll be performing from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Tropicana Field, prior to the Rays-Yankees game, and from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Salty’s Beach Bar at the Tradewinds Resort in St. Pete Beach. Click here for all upcoming dates.