Michael Imperioli is a star in his own right. But recently, the actor who plays Christopher Moltisanti on “The Sopranos” was very impressed when — waiting outside a studio door — he heard Bruce Springsteen rehearsing inside.
Except it wasn’t Bruce.
The voice belonged to Frank Bergonzi. The Westport resident is front man for Lost in the Flood — a Springsteen tribute band. In a world of imitations, he’s the real deal.
Frank’s day job is North America director of corporate distribution for BASF. He commutes daily to New Jersey — the state he and the Boss grew up in — but on weekends his band plays all over the tri-state area. If you close your eyes — or stand outside the door, as Imperioli did — you’d swear Frank was Bruce.
This Saturday, you won’t have to travel far to hear Springsteen Bergonzi. Lost in the Flood plays n 8:30 p.m. show on Bobby Q’s roof. The dancing in the dark promises to be great — but even greater is the cause. For the past 6 years Lost in the Flood has donated funds from this gig to the Westport Fire Department — which passes it along to the Connecticut Burns Care Foundation.
Frank performed in musicals in high school — a fact that surprises those who know him as a jock. At UConn he was in a southern rock band.
Shortly after 9/11, Frank and fellow Westporter Steve Goldstein played an acoustic set to benefit the fire department. They included tunes from Bruce’s post-9/11 album “The Rising.” Two years later Frank auditioned to be Lost in the Flood’s vocalist.
The glory days continue Saturday night — right here in my hometown.