“IF YOU GET A CHANCE, GO SEE RUBIX KUBE. THEY ARE AMAZING!”
– Rick Springfield

“RUBIX KUBE, THE ULTIMATE ’80S TRIBUTE BAND, TAKES YOU BACK IN TIME.”
– The Today Show

“YOU HAVE TO CHECK IT OUT, IT’S SO MUCH FUN! IT’S LIKE GOING BACK TO THE ’80S!!”
– Kelly Ripa

RUBIX KUBE: The EIGHTIES STRIKE BACK Show!

For over a decade, RUBIX KUBE has taken the universe by storm as the most original ‘80s tribute band of all time! Its one-of-a-kind, ever-evolving and interactive “The EIGHTIES STRIKE BACK Show” captivates public & private audiences of all ages. From their NYC headquarters, to our U.S. troops overseas, The KUBE rocks for the coolest fans in the most prestigious venues across the globe . . and galaxies far, far away. More than just a cover band, “The EIGHTIES STRIKE BACK Show” is like the rad lovechild of a Rock concert and a Broadway musical – from a honeymoon down Electric Avenue!

RUBIX KUBE is led by a male & female dynamic duo of karma chameleons, able to transform in the-blink-of-an-eye into any of your favorite ‘80s icons, personifying in sight and sound. It’s like Madonna, Michael Jackson, Cher, Prince, Devo, Bon Jovi, Boy George, Paula Abdul, Guns N’ Roses and more teleport right before your eyes on the same stage, in one concert! The band dazzles with some of the most talented & versatile musicians in the entertainment business, including Steve Brown of the million-selling band TRIXTER and David Z from The Trans-Siberian Orchestra. All are decked out in vibrant & vintage threads and with enough hairspray to take down Freddy Krueger, The Terminator, Beetlejuice and all The Gremlins at once. Together, The KUBE is able to crank out ’80s Pop, Rock, New Wave, Dance and Hair Metal hits, and perform them just like the originals – yet with their own gnarly twist.

So well-known for their world-class musicianship, RUBIX KUBE is often joined on stage by ’80s legends themselves. Rick Springfield,  Dee Snider of (Twisted Sister), Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, Night Ranger, and Dennis DeYoung (of STYX) are just some of The KUBE’s impressive collaborators. To boot, The KUBE is the only ’80s band that can honestly claim to have played with Bret Michaels (of Poison), Mike Score (of A Flock Of Seagulls), Colin Hay (of Men At Work), MC Hammer, Tone Loc, Taylor Dayne, and Bonnie Tyler.

Talkshow star Kelly Ripa exclusively praises RUBIX KUBE as “Amazing. You definitely have to check it out, it’s so much fun. It’s like going back to The Eighties!” As the name suggests, they’re also the world’s only authorized & licensed band of the most iconic puzzle toy of the ‘80s, the official Rubik’s Cube.

Often imitated, never duplicated, RUBIX KUBE throws the most awesome ‘80s party there is and sends you on a time-travel experience like no other. So jump in the DeLorean and blast to “The EIGHTIES STRIKE BACK Show”!!

They Think Outside The Cube . .

RUBIX KUBE doesn’t just play a concert – they put on a totally tubular, sense-stimulating, ‘80s time-warp spectacle . . taken to the max! “The EIGHTIES STRIKE BACK Show” bursts with bodacious ’80s props, confetti, bubbles, a life-sized Bill & Ted’s phone booth time machine, a dancing R2-D2, a giant 8ft tall Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, an eye-popping video show, killer dance moves, crowd participation, and of course, 99+ Red Balloons! Imagine a mashup of all the epic ’80s party movies – Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Risky Business, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Weekend At Bernie’s, Footloose, Revenge Of The Nerds, Sixteen Candles, Weird Science, Bachelor Party, and Porky’s – and you’ll get a picture of what it’s all about.

A Little Kube History . .

RUBIX KUBE has been an ‘80s fan-favorite since 2007, when they got their “big break” playing to salivating crowds at the legendary Stephen Talkhouse in the Hamptons. Word spread quickly which soon led them to a landmark show at B.B. Kings in Times Square, followed by years of weekly sold-out shows at NYC’s now defunct Canal Room. As The KUBE’s popularity rose, it wasn’t long before ‘80s greats sang with them on stage, like The Sugarhill Gang, ‘80s teen queens Tiffany and Debbie Gibson, Katrina & The Waves, Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet, Colin Hay of Men At Work, Mike Score of Flock of Seagulls, Naughty by Nature, Taylor Dayne, JJ FAD and many more. In late 2012, RUBIX KUBE graduated from the Canal Room to join the LIVE NATION family, rocking sellout crowds at their new home base, NYC’s distinguished Gramercy Theatre. There they were joined by Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, Bon Jovi’s David Bryan, Pretty Poison, and more. In 2015, The KUBE became the ONLY ‘80s tribute band to play with Mr. Jessie’s Girl himself, Rick Springfield! After being Rick’s backing band at a private event they were then invited to perform at his week-long Club Med Fan Getaway. RUBIX KUBE has also opened for national acts like Chicago, TLC, Janelle Monae, Brett Michaels, Warrant, Firehouse, Trixter, Matt & Kim, Reverend Run of Run-DMC and more. The band set sail in 2016 on the infamous annual Shiprocked concert cruise. The KUBE is proud to have visited various countries overseas to play for our U.S. Armed Forces, as well as having performed at some of the most historic venues in the U.S., such as The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Statue of Liberty, Apollo Theater, Capitol Theatre, NY Public Library, The Central Park Zoo, The Waldorf Astoria, Bimbo’s 365 in San Fran, various Hard Rock Cafes, and House of Blues in Myrtle Beach. In 2017, The KUBE debuts at its new, even bigger NYC home, Irving Plaza!

Featured TV Segments, Interviews & Parts On . .

The TODAY Show, FUSE, FOX News, Bethenny, “Cake Boss”, Discovery’s “Dirty Money”, MTV’s “My Life As Liz” and more!
See ‘Press Video‘ section.

Celebrity Fans & Show Attendees Include . .

Lance Bass & Chris Kirkpatrick of NSYNC, Ivanka Trump, Candace Cameron, Mark Sanchez, Kelly Ripa, Jenna & Barbara Bush, Amy Robach, Andrew Shue, Sarah Haines, Mark Goodman of MTV, and even the beloved Katie Couric is a self-proclaimed “RUBIX KUBE groupie.”
Check out the ‘Celebrity Guests‘ photos section to see some some of the stars who have graced The KUBE stage and/or dancefloor with their presence. You just never know who will show up at “The EIGHTIES STRIKE BACK Show”!

Private & Special Events . .

RUBIX KUBE is also a highly sought-after band for the most stellar private, corporate, and fundraising functions. They can play any genre of music and shape-shift into any look, sound & style for your event theme. If needed, you may opt for our production package including our first-class sound system and first-rate tech crew. See the ‘Contact‘ section for more information.
Just a few of RUBIX KUBE’s notable clients include, Facebook, The CW Network, Tommy Hilfiger, American Cancer Society, Barclay’s, Boomer Esiason Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, and even Miley Cyrus’ 17th birthday bash!

“RUBIX KUBE IS AWESOME!”
– Bret Michaels

“THEY PARTY LIKE IT’S 1989!”
– The New York Post

“THESE GUYS ARE PHENOMENAL, THEY SOUND JUST LIKE THE RECORDS!!”
– Debbie Gibson

Cherie Martorana

Frontwoman

Cherie hails from Boston, MA, the fourth in a clan of six kids. She credits her sister, Susan, for turning her on to music at a young age – when she gave Cherie her first vinyl Pat Benatar record. And to her Dad for introducing her to R&B greats like Sam Cooke, Smokey Robinson, and Stevie Wonder. At first an untapped ‘shower’ singer, Cherie embarked on a successful career as a board game developer / puzzle book author until 2006. When she took her mom’s “It’s never too late advice” she then moved to NYC, where her career as a professional performer took flight.

Cherie’s first gig as a singer was doing back-ups for the legendary “World Famous Live Rock & Roll Karaoke Band” at Arlene’s Grocery, where she was dubbed “Cherie-oke”, The Rock ‘n’ Roll She-Devil. Soon after, RUBIX KUBE was formed and Cherie quickly moved up the ranks to frontwoman. On the side, she is also a back-up vocalist for The Little Death, an original Rock & Blues band featuring the Grammy-nominated artist MOBY and vocal powerhouse Laura Dawn.

Cherie has had the honor of singing backup vocals for ‘60s legends Chubby Checker and Donovan, and has performed at venues/festivals nationwide, including the 2007 SXSW, singing with Lou Reed. She fulfilled a lifelong dream in 2009 when she performed in David Lynch’s “Change Begins Within” benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall, backing up Sheryl Crow, Ben Harper and MOBY, headlined by the two surviving Beatles, Sir Paul McCartney and Mr. Ringo Starr. Cherie is also a session singer and is constantly working on various musical projects of her own and for charity. She can be heard on the Dalai Lama’s benefit album, “Songs For Tibet”, and on MOBY’s “We Are All Made Of Stars”.

Scott Lovelady

Frontman

Scott is just a small-town boy, yet born and raised in the not-so-tiny town of Manhattan, NY. The son of a master puppeteer who worked on “The Muppets”, Scott was destined to a life of grand performance and theatrics. He made his stage debut at the tender age of 6 months as Baby Snow White and later went on to model for Capezio and Sears. A matrix of careers in puppeteering, animatronics, medieval armory, sound design, songwriting, and acting followed. Yet it was singing that became his calling, when in the 90s he began fronting the infamous NYC rock band Fat Bastid. Stints also in Legion of Decency and Silverboy garnered him chops and notoriety in the music scene.

When the seeds were planted for RUBIX KUBE, Scott was an obvious choice for lead male vocalist with his wide range and diversity of styles and tones. His uncanny ability to simulate a multitude of 80s stars in voice, dress and body movement, along with a high-energy, quirky stage presence make him a perfect fit in The Galaxy’s Most Original Eighties Tribute Band!

David Z

Bass & Vocals

David Z is a Brooklyn, NY native raised in a family of musicians. With his older brother Paulie, he formed the original band ZO2. The group gained notoriety in 2004 when they joined the Rock The Nation Tour with KISS and Poison! Since then, ZO2 has released 3 albums, toured the country, and have starred in the TV series Z-Rock, which aired for 2 seasons on IFC. The show is a semi-scripted, based-on-a-true story comedy in which the band plays themselves as a rock band by night and a children’s band by day. David has been a children’s entertainer for years, which helped mold the idea for the show.

In addition to ZO2, David Z is also the bass player for the renown, sold-out tour and platinum-selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra as well as SOTO fronted by rock legend, Jeff Scott Soto. In 2002 he joined Joan Jett & the Blackhearts on a USO tour that included stops in the Middle East. On top of being a veteran live musician, David is also an accomplished studio session player. With a BA in Music from Brooklyn College, David has played on recordings by artists such as Joe Lynn Turner, Seven Wiser (Wind-Up Records), and works for USA and ESPN.

David Z has also made appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Good Morning America, Regis & Kelly, The Today Show, QVC, and the 2009 Independent Spirit Awards as a presenter with ZO2. He has also dove into modeling work, and in 2002 he bared it all in a spread for Playgirl Magazine. Sex and Rock n’ Roll are inseparable, and David Z nails that point home!

Steve Brown

Guitar & Vocals

Steve is the guitarist, founding member and chief songwriter for the internationally notorious, million-selling Rock band TRIXTER! With over 25 years of rockstar experience, Steve is also an award-winning player, singer, producer, and musical director. He recently filled in with the legendary Def Leppard and on Broadway with Rock Of Ages!!

TRIXTER’s self-titled debut album, released in May 1990 by MCA Records, spent 54 weeks on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Charts and peaked at #28. In February 1991, the record was RIAA-certified Gold and has sold over 1 million total worldwide. Steve co-wrote the band’s 3 Top 100 Billboard Singles: “Give It To Me Good”, “One In A Million”, and “Surrender”. The singles were also long-running #1 Dial MTV Videos (“Give It To Me Good” for 8 weeks, “One In A Million” for 5 weeks, and “Surrender” for 2 weeks). Steve has also been featured on NBC, FOX, Entertainment Tonight, HBO, TNN and VH1’s ‘Where Are They Now?’ and ‘Top 40 Hair Bands of All Time’.

Steve’s tour accomplishments include rocking every major arena, theatre and club throughout the United States and Canada as TRIXTER opened up for for KISS, Scorpions, Poison, Warrant, Stryper, Dokken and Blues Traveler in the ’90s. In ’93 through ’95, the band headlined a tour in Japan and hit the club, theatre and state fair circuit back in the U.S. and Mexico. Steve has also shared the stage with legends David Lee Roth, Vince Neil, Foreigner, Cheap Trick, and Tesla!

2008 brought the return of TRIXTER and long-time fans swooned! Today the band continues to tour in support of their 2015 release “Human Era”, chock-full of TRIXTER’s signature hooks and riffs.

John Laspina

Drums

John “The Machine-a” LaSpina got into music at an early age and began playing drums by age 8. He has studied with Long Island based Jazz drummers Howie Mann and Al Miller. His early influences were Carmine Appice, Liberty Devito, John Bonham, Nicko McBrain, Stewart Copeland, Jeff Porcaro and Ringo Starr.  At age 14 John was a top 10 finalist out of several hundred entrants in his age group in the first ever ‘Battle of the Beats’ drum solo contest held by the Long Island Drum Center.

John has worked with several local bands/artists in the Long Island/NYC area including Arrival, Joker’s Child, Reckless Fortune and Sonic Blonde. He has also shared the stage with former/current members of Twisted Sister, Billy Joel, and Dave Chappelle’s backing band.

John continues to push his independence/interdependence limits to cover both the drum and percussion parts of the songs RUBIX KUBE plays, and he interprets without the use of any loops or backing tracks. In addition to drums he also plays guitar.

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Mike Pex

Keys / Keytar / Sax & Vocals

Mike’s been playing ’80s keyboards since, well… the ’80s! He got his start in a Poconos hometown band, Mirage (which included John Gaffney of Sinister Realm and film/tv composer Jeff Cardoni). After graduating from MIT, Mike had a brief stint in Boston with Woody & The Boyz (where he also added sax to his arsenal), Mike moved to NYC and quickly became part of downtown’s most high energy backing bands, including The Material Boys, The Vanities, and The Full Muscular Band. In addition to The KUBE, he’s also the fixed keyboard player for “Love Bites”, an annual Valentine’s Day celebration of 80’s monster ballads, and “Madonnathon”, a tribute to the blonde ambition material girl now 10 years and running.

Also an original kids music composer, Mike’s work has been heard on PBS, the Disney Channel, and NICKELODEON/Nick Jr.!

Mike Hunter

Keys / Keytar / Violin & Vocals

Michael ‘Hunter’ is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and composer living in Brooklyn NY.  An unusually versatile musician, Hunter is a professional level violinist, pianist, guitarist, bassist, drummer, singer, and advanced level cellist. He has composed string arrangements for Grammy winning producers and engineers, shared legendary stages with iconic musicians, and performed shows in front of thousands across the US.

Hunter is an eager collaborator who prides himself on being reliable, punctual and easy to work with. Currently he spends the majority of his time either writing/recording string arrangements in his home studio or performing onstage in various bands and theater productions.

Emily Webster

Dancer

Emily, “Em”, or Miss Webster as the “Hot For Teacher” students like to call her, is RUBIX KUBE’s Dance Captain! Wisconsin-born and Florida-raised, it was apparent at a very young age that her calling would be to perform and entertain. At every party in the Webster household, Emily would present a choreographed dance number or skit to her family & friends. Art and creativity have always been a huge part of her life. Offstage Em is a freelance artist and graphic designer, with mural painting and logo design as her specialties.

Before joining The KUBE in NYC, Emily travelled with a dance company performing at private and corporate events all over The U.S. Here she also had the opportunity to teach young kids to dance and absolutely fell in love with it. It’s her long-term goal to own a studio where she could instruct kids (and big kids too) both art and dance.

Having grown up in South Florida, Em’s transition from sun to snow has been a tough one, yet fulfilling her dream of entertaining for an amazing act, cool venues, and bodacious crowds make it all worthwhile. Her involvement with RUBIX KUBE doesn’t stop at dancing – she’s also a badass roadie and social media coordinator. Emily’s hard work and dedication, both on and offstage, are all a direct result of her genuine love for the band and its fans!

Greg Reigle

Bass / Guitar & Vocals

Greg, hailing from Harrisburg, PA, is a multi-instrumentalist who prides himself on being pro, reliable, and always having a great attitude! He’s been on stage performing either bass, guitar, drums, and/or singing since 1989. At a young age Greg’s sister introduced him to the music of KISS, David Bowie and Iggy Pop in the late ’70s. Circa 1983, hit MTV videos from RATT, Def Leppard, Dokken, and Motley Crue captivated Greg to want to play. Self-taught, air-guitar and air-drumming quickly turned into the real thing once he was able to get his hands on instruments. Along with The KUBE, Greg’s most noteworthy projects have been fronting the successful cover band, Lucky You, and playing guitar in the PJ Farley Band (of Trixter fame)!

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