Is there a better way to celebrate live music than with a fun trip down memory lane? Hitting the Wolf Den stage littered with an 80's feel, vibe, and a marshmallow man was Rubix Cube, one of the best and tightest bands I have ever seen live, despite the genre. Not only did the band just present a 90 minute, 17 song set... they changed costumes to make it more of a show.
Lead singers Cherie Martorana Neve and Scott Lovelady took turns bouncing from Billy Idol, Tina Turner, Ozzy Osbourne, Madonna, and Prince, not only providing pitch perfect renditions, but the look, the style and the mannerisms. What 80's show could be complete without keyboards and a keytar, provided with skill by Mike Hunter, shifting in and out of very distinct sounds, from Basil to Buggles, Behind the drum kit (and buried) is John Laspina who made me realize that no matter the speed and sub genre, Van Halen or Dexy's Midnight Runners, it all starts with a solid beat!
Rubix Kube features two rock legends, bassist P.J. Farley and guitarist Steve Brown, both veterans of the mighty Trixter and the duo bring so much more fun to the stage, adding a nice rock texture to some songs not traditionally known for their 'rock' chops. Nice wig, P.J., unless that is a secret, then please disregard that sentence.
When you experience a show like this, you can walk away going "wow... they didn't play (fill in that song you wanted to hear), or you can leave the venue, load up on Krispy Kreme donuts, and take the ride home discussing how their set list was a great representation of the decade, what great players they were and be tankful you got to experience the hair, sounds and color of the greatest decade to grow up in.
For more information on the band, including upcoming shows, http://rubixkube.com/
For upcoming shows at the Wolf Den, click here
Enjoy the pictures... I hope you can see the fun!
The Power Chords Podcast is a twice-monthly podcast celebrating rock and metal music of the '70s, '80s, '90s and beyond. The show is co-hosted by Matt Herring and Brian LeTendre.