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Rubix Kube turns back the clock at Penn's Peak

  • DONNA PLASKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Rubix Kube's David Z and Cherie Martorana are decked out on stage for their Ultimate '80's tribute show at Penn's Peak Friday night.
    DONNA PLASKO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Rubix Kube's David Z and Cherie Martorana are decked out on stage for their Ultimate '80's tribute show at Penn's Peak Friday night.
Published February 07. 2011 05:00PM

Rubix Kube, the New York-based '80's tribute band, turned back the clock to its favorite decade before a festive crowd at Penn's Peak Friday night.

This was the second appearance at The Peak for Rubix Kube, which has been generating a buzz at the Canal Room in New Yorl City with its extensive Back to the '80's show.

The audience at The Peak went along for the ride, with many wearing '80's inspired outfits. There was also a contest for the best '80's costumes.

The band is fronted by vocalists Cherie Martorana and Scott Lovelady, who take turns switching into costumes of '80's icons such as Madonna and Michael Jackson. The group augment their presentation with videos of the era as well as other appropriate props, such as red balloons for the 99 mentioned in the Nena song title.

Martorana is especially busy, changing into full wedding dress regalia for Madonna's "Like a Virgin," Toni Basil's trademark cheerleading outfit for the hit "Mickey" and even the test tube woman from The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star," which was the first-ever video aired on MTV.

Lovelady got to showcase his moonwalk moves on Michael Jackson's signature "Billy Jean."

Musically, Rubix Kube touched upon all '80's stylistic bases, from hard rocking hair band hits ("Talk Dirty To Me," "Here I Go Again") to synthensizer soul ("A Little Respect"), quirky new wave ("Whip It"), superstar hits ("Jump," "Livin' on a Prayer," "Don't Stop Believin'," "Under Pressure," "Let's Go Crazy," "Jessie's Girl") and glorious one-hit wonders ("Take on Me," "Walking on Sunshine," "Come on Eileen").

Guitarist Eric Presti, bass player David Z, keyboardist Sky and drummer John LaSpina backed Martorana and Lovelady by bringin the music to life.

Rubix Kube recently hosted two former '80's teen idols on stage, Debbie Gibson and Tiffany, and both were represented in the set with Gibson's "Only in My Dreams" and Tiffany's cover of "I Think We're Alone Now," with Martorana asking the crowd to pick its favorite.

Martorana told the crowd that it can request songs for the next time by longing onto Rubix Kube's Facebook page, at least two weeks prior to an upcoming show.

A totally tubular time was had by all.

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