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MapPoughkeepsie, NY
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  • Adult Rock Band Debut


If you’re looking to get your freak on, hit up the Poughkeepsie-based hard-rock band Freakswitch, which formed in January 2009. Comprised of guitarist Mike Kenny, bassist Mike Polito, vocalist Brian Amato, and Mike “Scratch” Skaretka on drums, the band — whose sound hearkens back to Metallica and Godsmack — is a regular at Fishkill’s Keltic House and the Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie. They’re already rubbing elbows with the big guys (in July, they shared the stage with Pat Travers — a “really awesome experience,” says Polito), and were featured on Time Warner Cable Channel 6’s Poughkeepsie Live show in August. This fall, the ’Switch is in the studio prepping for its latest album, Seize the Moment, due out before December.

Best of Hudson Valley History

2009 Editors' Pick — Best Adult Rock Band Debut

Additional Information:

Best of Hudson Valley Winners: 2009
County: Dutchess
Pick: Editors' Picks
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