Feline Moves & Midwest Grooves

"You cannot take your teeth with you to heaven"

-Ricky Liontones

Ricky Liontones is the musical project of the Chicago-based musician by the same name. A band that mixes the funky pop-rock sensibilities of David Bowie, Prince, Unknown Mortal Orchestra with the psychedelic grit akin to Queens of the Stone Age, T-Rex, and Soundgarden. We've shared the stages with Joanna Connor, Blacktop Mojo, Blue Dream, Lavisher, Boulevards, Mike Zito, Cuevo, Krantz, Local Motive, Kelroy, Shi la Rosa, Fundamental Kink, The Kings Rising, Groovy Louie and the Time Capsules, Goose Corp., The Lunar Ticks, Matt Hendricks, Bailey Dee, Daisychain and even thrown after-parties for White Denim.


Stages we’ve played include Reggies, Liar's Club, Cobra Lounge, Emporium, The Empty Bottle, Livewire, The Burlington, The Exit, HVAC Pub, Honky Tonk BBQ, The Virgin Hotel, G-Man Tavern, Cheer Up Charlies, and The Owl. We've also been a part of Ruido Fest and Pilsen Fest.

You may recognize Ricky from the bands that he currently rock in: Ricky Liontones, Atomic Love, and the Soundgarden tribute band, Bad Motorfingers. 


Or maybe you have seen Ricky in the bands that he's have played in such as: Mutts, CHicago Funk Mafia, The Polite Machines, Dogs of Fortune, EarThorn, The Devlin Progress, Parietal, Stomp Aberdeen. 

And it is entirely possible that you have seen him sit in with Jimmy Johnson, Carlos Johnson, Corey Denison, Gerry Hundt, The Kinsey report/Donald Kinsey, Joanna Connor, Jimmy Burns, Joe & Vicki Price, Smiley Tillmon, Guy King, Matt Hendricks, Petet Galanis, Carl Weathersby, The Lucky Dutch, and This Must Be The Band.

"Myrrick J. Liontonia, AKA Ricky Liontones, personifies Rock 'n' Roll. He looks like Rock 'n' Roll, he sounds like Rock 'n' Roll, and he sometimes smells like Rock 'n' Roll."

-Matt Gandurski



photos by Don Ciesielewski

Cobra Lounge
Photos by Don Ciesielski
Tom Ping Park Photoshoot
by Marguerite McAdam 
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