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Cover me '21

The first musical contest dedicated to Springsteen

The “Cover Me” contest has been organized by NOI & SPRINGSTEEN in order to focus attention on the value of Springsteen's music and the talent of participating artists and bands, giving them space and visibility through social forums, the regular event of the Festival dedicated to Springsteen in Bergamo and several national radios.

The best band or best performing artist will be selected in this free competition. The contest is open to all artists; each artist or band can participate with a musical piece chosen from Bruce Springsteen’s outstanding repertoire. The piece must be reinterpreted and most importantly, the artist or band must “make it their own” without distorting the essence and melody. Songs identical to the original will not be accepted by the panel of judges and will not participate in the contest.

COVER ME The first musical contest dedicated to Springsteen


Find out about the regulations and participate in the contest

01 How to register:
To register properly, you must send an email to with the subject line "participation in musical contest" no later than May 31, 2021, including a biography, a photo, your contact information and a YouTube/Vimeo link in which the artist/group performs the song for the contest. (The song link can also be sent in a second phase after registration, as long as it is received by the indicated deadline, that is, May 31, 2021). Registration will open on March 31, 2021.

02 Selezione:
30 pieces will be selected from those received by the Expert Panel of Judges and will be published on the website. The audience, after registering, will then be able to vote on the selected pieces and the 15 songs receiving the highest score will participate in the final phase scheduled in Bergamo for the Meeting dedicated to Springsteen: Bergamo Tells the Springsteen Story 5th Edition.
The Expert Panel of Judges, the audience attending the finals and those from home will determine the three winners of the “COVER ME “ Contest after listening to the live performances.

03 Categories admitted:
Bands and single artists from all musical genres can participate.

04 How the Contest will be conducted:
The songs selected by the Expert Panel of Judges will be published on the website. The audience will then vote on the 15 best songs that will participate in the final phase of the Contest. The competition will be held on Domenica 29 Agosto dalle 15.00 alle 19.00. Each band/artist will have approximately 10 minutes including preparation, performance of the song, technical evaluation and turning the stage over to the next group. The sound check will be conducted previously, in a time slot to be defined.

05 Instruments
The stage is equipped with drums and amplifiers for guitar, bass, drums, and vocals.
Groups must bring:
1. Their own instruments, excluding drums.
2. Any pedals and pedalboards.
3. Cymbals and drumsticks.

For organizational matters, please specify on the registration form if there is a left-handed drummer in addition to any special requests.

06 Expert Panel of Judges
The panel of judges, composed of experts, is responsible for selecting 30 covers from those received. The same panel of judges together with the audience will decide the winner of the Festival at the end of the day on Sunday, August 29, 2021. The President of the Panel of Judges will be Claudio Trotta (promoter and founder of Barley Arts).

06.1 Members of the Expert Panel of Judges:
Claudio Trotta (President) – Promoter and Founder of Barley Arts
Gianni Poglio – Panorama weekly
Alberto Cantù Noi & Springsteen
David Drusin – Owner of “Druso“
Ruggero Rosetti – Nebraska Association
Leonardo Colombati – Writer and journalist

07 Voting Procedure
The Expert Panel of Judges will evaluate each individual piece assigning a score from 0 to 5. The panel of judges will vote in a discretionary manner and in full autonomy. The score assigned by the President of the Expert Panel of Judges has a double value.
The 30 pieces that receive the highest score will participate in the second selection. The audience will be able to vote on every single song, in the same way, awarding a score from 0 to 5. In order to vote, you must register on the website and access the GARA (CONTEST) section. You will be able to vote for all 30 pieces or only one, according to your preference.
During the final, the scores will be given in the same manner both by the audience attending the live performance as well as those from home and the Expert Panel of Judges. From 0 to 5 points will be awarded. The final ranking will be determined by the total of the scores obtained according to the order of the partial rankings determined by the home audience, the attending audience and the Expert Panel of Judges. The points awarded will be as follows:

10 points 1° place 05 points 6° place
09 points 2° place 04 points 7° place
08 points 3° place 03 points 8° place
07 points 4° place 02 points 9° place
06 points 5° place 01 points 10° place

Singer X: 3rd pl. Panel (8 pt.) – 4th pl. H. Audience (7 pt.) – 9th pl. A. Audience (2 pt.) = Tot 17 pt.
Singer Y: 2nd pl. Panel (9 pt.) – 5th pl. H. Audience (6 pt.) – 8th pl. A. Audience (3 pt.) = Tot 18 pt.
In the event of a tie score, the vote of the President of the Expert Panel of Judges is valid. If the vote is identical, the ranking position of the Expert Panel of Judges will be considered.

08 Prizes
The winner of the contest will receive a cash prize of €1,500.00.
The runner-up will receive a cash prize of €1,000.00.
The third-place contestant will receive a cash prize of €500.00.

The winner of the Contest will be able to create a video clip in collaboration with Studio Da Re and play a live concert at Druso in Bergamo.

09 Other information
Participation is free of charge. All participants will be offered lunch on Sunday, August 29th at the event venue. Any accommodations will be paid for by each individual participant in the Contest. (Seminarino in Città Alta, Bergamo).

10 Technical organization: NOI & SPRINGSTEEN
Noi & Springsteen arose from a group of friends whose goal was to create a place (real for past events and those under construction, and virtual on these pages) where all of us, so very different yet all the while sharing the same…passion?…source of inspiration?...could come together and meet again. A community. People bound by a common interest. And “The Ties that bind”, the subheading of our new name, makes this declaration.

11 Contacr information
C/O Alberto Lanfranchi office – Via Palma il Vecchio 111 – 24128 Bergamo (BG) Italy.
EM: F: Noi&Springsteen | Mobile: +39 338 2606461.

12 Registration (HOW TO PARTICIPATE)
Send the requested data no later than May 31, 2021 to the following email address:
Specify the following in your email:
04 YOUTUBE/VIMEO LINK (with proposed song/cover).
06 NOTES: indicate any specific requests or questions.



The Critics' Award is a supporting accolade in the COVER ME Musical Contest. It was established with the aim of having this prestigious award given by five expert journalists who have been appointed by the Contest.

Members of the Panel of Judges
Massimo Cotto (President) – Writer and voice for Virgin Radio
Giorgio Berta – Donizetti Foundation President
Patrizia De Rossi –
Ugo Bacci – Eco di Bergamo newspaper
Fabio Santini – Journalist, conductor and voice for RTL 102.5
Ken Rosen – Historian by education, technologist by profession

Voting: The members of the Panel of Judges will listen to all the songs registered in the contest and assign them a score from 0 to 3 points. The scoring criterion must respect the following credentials: 1-courage – 2-artistic choice – 3-performance and singing ability Votes must be turned in no later than July 1, 2021.

Winner: The artist or band with the highest score, given by the total of the votes of the 5 journalists, will be confirmed as the winner of the Cover Me Contest Critics’ Award. In the event of a tie, the score awarded by Massimo Cotto will be worth double.


The contest

"The votes indicated are the average calculated between the overall score and the number of voters. For Competition purposes, the 15 artists who have obtained the highest overall score will be selected." Every Friday, you will find the provisional ranking on the Facebook page of NOI &SPRINGSTEEN.


Expert panel of Judges

Claudio Trotta
Claudio Trotta

Claudio Trotta, Milanese, born in 1957, is one of the most esteemed and important independent producers and promoters of live shows in the world.

After various experiences in free radio in the 1970s, he founded Barley Arts in 1979, of which he is still the owner and driving force. Since then, he has organized more than 15,000 events around the world with many artists, including Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC, Kiss, Sting, David Bowie, Metallica, Frank Zappa, Renato Zero, Ligabue, and Negramaro.

Giovanni Poglio
Giovanni Poglio

Journalist, author, music critic.
After numerous experiences in radio and television, he worked on the editorial staff of the monthly Tutto Musica (Mondadori).
Talk show host for Panorama d'Italia Tour, with "live" interviews with the protagonists of Italian music and debates spanning themes from science to entertainment as part of Focus Live, he published the book Ferdinando Arno Entrainment with Electa Mondadori.
Since 2008, he has been writing about music and entertainment for the weekly Panorama and the website.

Alberto Cantu
Alberto Cantù

An authentic Brianza-area native (go Monza!), born in '68, married to Barbara and father to Alice. In life he deals with marketing. For as long as he can remember, he has been a passionate lover of rock music in (almost) all its manifestations, of Ireland, Guinness, football, Tolkien and his Vespa (his, not Tolkien’s...).

Raised on bread & Springsteen, he was “initiated” at the San Siro concert in 1985. In the list of his proud achievements, the genetic transmission of his passion to his young daughter is worthy of mention, and that’s no small matter! He never fails to remind us that the favourite of his favourite songs is “This hard land”.

He contributed, although no one knows exactly what role he played, to the founding of “Noi & Springsteen”, with his friends Luca and Saverio, brought in by project mastermind and friend Alberto Lanfranchi.

He has been called to support the elite of music experts in the Expert Panel of Judges of the Cover Me contest not for any special merit of his own—although he likes to think so—but only to represent the organization.

He doesn't like Western Stars, which explains why he travels under escort.

David Drusin
David Drusin

David (Druso) Drusin was born in Cividale del Friuli on December 16, 1973. After a life spent on basketball courts as a professional player and having played in many cities in Italy, after 24 years of basketball career he became a founding member of Druso, one of Italy’s most important live clubs, and as art director coordinating 2315 concerts...

Ruggero Rosetti
Ruggero Rosetti

I was born in 1959 in Ravenna, where I live with my family and work (I’m an engineer and manager of a construction company).

Music has been my great passion since the age of 10; my favourite genres are rock, soul, R&B, blues, jazz and Italian songwriting.

I like to buy and collect records (I own about 3,000 vinyls and just as many CDs), and listen to live music; I've seen a thousand concerts around the world, including about fifty “Bruces” all over Europe and the United States (from the legendary San Siro in 1985 all the way to Broadway).

am a member of the Nebraska Cultural Association, founded in Lugo (RA) in 2014 with a group of friends who are passionate about Bruce and rock, which holds events and concerts on the regional territory, including two important initiatives aimed at fundraising for charity: "Glory Days in Rimini" and the "Light of Day Europe Benefit".

I am one of the hosts of the music-themed meetings known as "Vinyl Lounge - An Hour of Stories and Wine" organized by Jean Music Room, a record shop in my city.

Leonardo Colombati
Leonardo Colombati

Leonardo Colombati was born in Rome in 1970. He has published five novels: Perceber (Sironi, 2005), Rio (Rizzoli, 2007), Il Re (Mondadori, 2009), 1960 (Mondadori, 2014 –Sila Prize), Estate (Mondadori, 2018 –Pisa Prize) and the non-fiction publication Scrivere per dire di sì al mondo (Mondadori 2021). He edited the volumes La canzone italiana 1861-2011. Storia e testi (Mondadori-Ricordi, 2011) and Bruce Springsteen: Come un killer sotto il sole (Mondadori, 2018). He is editor of the magazine Nuovi Argomenti. With Emanuele Trevi, he founded the Molly Bloom Writing School in 2016, of which he is now rector.


Panel of judges for the Critics’ Award

Massimo Cotto
Massimo Cotto

Massimo Cotto is an Italian journalist, disc jockey, and writer who was born in Asti.

A basketball prodigy until, at 16, while in the car with friends, he was struck by the voice of a deejay who was explaining and describing the text of Bruce Springsteen's “Thunder Road”. The next day he left basketball and introduced himself to the director of a private radio station and began broadcasting, launching a career that would see him active on several fronts: radio, television, newspapers, books, art direction and, recently, politics, having been appointed, on June 4, 2012, technical councillor for Culture, the Palio, Events and Equal Opportunities in Fabrizio Brignolo’s committee in Asti. On February 14, 2007, he became father of Francesco Danilo.
In 2014 he accepted the invitation from Roberto Vecchioni, of whom he became personal manager and press agent for a short period of time.

He is a die-hard Torino fan, and deejay for Virgin Radio, where he conducts the “Dr. Feelgood and Mr. Cotto’s Rock and Talk” and “Rock Bazar” daily from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Giorgio Berta
Giorgio Berta

Born in Bergamo on 22.03.1960, he received his degree from the University of Bergamo in Economics and Commerce with a thesis in Tax Law regarding corporate accounting obligations.
Since 1988 he has been registered in section A of the Register of Certified Accountants and Accounting Experts of Bergamo.
After conducting the activity for five years at another professional’s studio until 1993, he opened his own office in Bergamo.
Currently he carries out his professional activities mainly in Bergamo, in via Mazzini, 4, in the Berta, Nembrini, Colombini and Associates studio of which he holds an absolute majority. Two partners and around 80 employees support him in the business. Members of the professional register amount to around 35. The firm conducts its activities mainly based on tax, corporate and insolvency consulting. A merger with another professional firm made it possible to include job counselling among the activities it offers. The studio is part of the professional ACB network.
From 2015 to 2017 he was the effective statutory auditor of Banca Popolare di Bergamo and holds the same role within the UBI group in relation to a number of investee companies.
Since 1988 he has been collaborating with the University of Bergamo where to date, he has held various positions. He has collaborated with industry magazines, in which he has published:
• “IVA sulle attività finanziarie” in “IVA 96 Analisi di alcune significative fattispecie giuridiche” edited by Claudio Sacchetto, Giuffrè (publisher).
• Il software destinato alla vendita” in “Società e Diritto” no. 1, May 1995 Il sole XXIV ore (publisher).
• “Affitto d’azienda: aspetti civilistici e tributari” in “Società e diritto” no. 12 December 1994 Pirola (publisher). On a regular basis for a certain period of time, he wrote for “L’informatore Pirola”.

He has also contributed, as co-author, to the publication of many other texts in the field. He began playing tennis at the age of 7 and in the early 1980s earned a B-level player classification.
Music, however, is his great passion. His father was an acclaimed pianist and influenced him. He bought his first record (Thick as a Brick by Jethro Tull) at the age of 12, and still today, buys at least one CD or vinyl record daily, either physically or downloading it from Apple Music.
His favourite musical genres are soul, blues, rock 'n' roll, and jazz (Springsteen, Otis Redding, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Tom Waits, Van Morrison, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Miles Davis, Oscar Peterson, Snarky Puppy, Talking Heads, and Tim Buckley are some of my favourite artists), and being President of the Foundation.
The Donizetti Theatre has brought him closer in recent years to other genres such as symphonic music and opera.
He plays (terribly, in his opinion) flute, sax and percussion.
With a certain regularity, he has been writing about music for at least 10 years for an online newspaper in the province of Bergamo, Bergamonews, which has a daily readership of over 150,000.
A few years ago, he got involved in organizing the first event in Bergamo with the theme of Springsteen and his art.

Patrizia De Rossi
Patrizia De Rossi

Patrizia De Rossi was born in Rome where she lives and works as a journalist, author and host of radio programs.

She published two books on Luciano Ligabue in 1995 and 2011 and published a third entitled ReStart in 2020. In 2005 she published “Ben Harper. Arriverà una luce”. In 2012 “Gianna Nannini – Fiore di Ninfea” was released. In 2014 she published “Bruce Springsteen e le donne. She’s the one”, about female figures in the Boss's songs.

As an author and radio host she has worked at Rai Stereo Notte, Radio M100, Radio Città Futura, and Enel Radio. Since 2006 she has been editor-in-chief at «Hitmania Magazine», a publication on music, entertainment and youth cultures.

Ugo Bacci
Ugo Bacci

Ugo Bacci, giornalista e critico musicale per L'Eco di Bergamo.

Fabio Santini
Fabio Santini

Professional journalist for over 40 years and music expert, Fabio Santini is the author of non-fiction works dedicated to music and communications.
A veteran of Italian radio, he has worked in the most prestigious national private radio stations and at RadioRai.
For years, the voice of RTL 102.5 sports and the TV face for the 7Gold network, he was a special correspondent and managing editor of important weekly newspapers and national daily newspapers.
Author and narrator in theatre, he brought several works to the stage including C’era una volta il Cinema dedicated to the person and work of Sergio Leone and collaborated with jazz musicians Gianluigi Trovesi and Gianni Bergamelli.
He teaches History and Aesthetics of Music at the CDpM in Bergamo.

Ken Rosen
Ken Rosen

Ken Rosen was born and raised in Philadelphia, one of the most important cities in the Springsteen world since the early days of Bruce's career (and Ken's childhood), and has lived in Seattle since 1997.
A historian by education and technologist by profession, Ken spent his working life at the head of training and certification activities for important technology companies. His career has allowed him to travel the world over (before the pandemic, at least) and go to Bruce's concerts and meet other fans in many countries.
n 2018, Ken finally gave in to the pleading of friends and family to stop talking so much about Bruce and start up a blog instead.
The pages of "E Street Shuffle" debuted on January 5, 2018 and since then, the blog has been published daily without exception.
Ken's mission with "E Street Shuffle" is to tell the story of every song, show, and major event in Springsteen's history, one day at a time.
"E Street Shuffle" also seeks to showcase noteworthy covers of Springsteen songs performed by established, up-and-coming and amateur artists that bring new meaning and dimension to Bruce's music.

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