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Bergonzi Channels 'The Boss' for Charity

Walk by Bobby Q's off of Westport's Main Street on Saturday, and you might swear that Bruce Springsteen is performing an impromptu gig. You would be wrong, but so was actor Michael Imperioli when he heard Frank Bergonzi performing inside a closed studio.

"He just kept saying, 'Dude, you sound just like Bruce,'" said Bergonzi, who has lived in Westport for the last 15 years. It's something he's been told almost as long as he can remember, going all the way back to his days at the University of Connecticut playing in a Southern rock band.

On Saturday, Aug. 7 he and his Springsteen tribute band, Lost in the Flood, will perform two sets to raise money for the families of Bridgeport firefighters Lt. Steven Velasquez and Michel Baik, who died in the line of duty battling a house fire on July 24.

Firefighters are the only group Bergonzi performs a benefit concert for. He said the attacks on the World Trade Center really inspired him to reach out to the fire departments. That the funds this year are going to help the Bridgeport families, makes him feel even better about the fundraising night than he usually does. "I just feel so warm about that. It's such a great cause and I am so happy the money is going to those families," said Bergonzi.

Lost in the Flood will perform two sets tonight, with one of them covering the entire Born to Run album, a move inspired by Springsteen's trend of playing one of his albums in its entirety during his recent concerts.

Bergonzi, who like Springsteen grew up in New Jersey, has never met "The Boss." He did meet members of the E-Street Band, including Steven Van Zandt who worked with Imperioli on the hit TV "The Sopranos.". "My lifelong dream would be to meet Bruce, it's right up there with making sure my kids are taken care of," said Bergonzi.

The benefit kicks off at 9 p.m. on the roof at Bobby Q's. There is a $10 cover charge which will go to help the families of the Bridgeport firefighters.

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