WESTPORT, Conn. — Rock out to some of Bruce Springteen’s biggest hits for a good cause this Saturday at Bobby Q’s, where Westport's Frank Bergonzi and his Springsteen tribute band Lost in the Flood will host its ninth annual benefit concert for the Westport Firefighters Benevolent Fund.
Proceeds raised during the performance will be donated to the fund, which in turn gives the money to a charity of its choice. As in year's past, the proceeds will support the Arthur C. Luf Children's Burn Camp in Union, Westport Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury said.
“The camp does really great things for kids,” said Kingsbury. “Our Deputy Fire Chief Robert Kepchar is actually a longtime camp counselor there.”
The benefit — possibly the band’s last — will begin at 8 p.m. on the rooftop garden at Bobby Q’s, 42 Main St. There is a $10 donation charge at the door.
Bergonzi, the band’s lead singer, said Lost in the Flood will perform about 26 sings. Fans of The Boss can expect to hear hits such as “Glory Days,” “Thunder Road,” “Rosalita,” “No Surrender, “Promise Land,” “Out in the Streets” and more.
“It’s like a big, old-fashioned deck party,” Bergonzi said of the concert. “Everyone sings along and has a really great time. A lot of my friends call it the best night of summer and people really look forward to it.”
A New Jersey native and 18-year Westport resident, Bergonzi joined Lost in the Flood in 2005. That summer, the band hosted its first benefit for the Westport Firefighters Benevolent Fund. The annual event is the only benefit concert the band performs.
Bergonzi said his desire to perform in the benefit concerts for the firefighters benevolent fund stems from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
“Inspiration for these performances came from listening to Springsteen’s album 'The Rising,' which came out shortly after 9/11,” Bergonzi said. “One day I was listening to album and some of the lyrics were talking about firefighters going up the stairs while everyone else was going down, and it was very poignant. It really resonated with me.”
Bergonzi said concert attendance has grown every year. Last year’s concert — which raised about $5,000 — was standing room only, he said. In total, he estimates Lost in the Flood has raised at least $30,000 for the benevolent fund over the past eight years.
“It really is for a great cause and that’s what it’s all about,” Bergonzi said. “But this could be it for us. It’s been a great run.”
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