Birthday parties for people are overrated. Birthday parties for music blogs guarantee a jam packed night with kick-ass bands.

If you haven’t already caught wind, buffaBLOG is celebrating its 5th year this Saturday at Nietzsche’s. Kicking off the merriment is Zak Ward, who will be joined by former Son of the Sun band mate Jeremy Franklin, as well as Sonny Baker (Wooden Waves, Lazlo Hollyfeld, A Hotel Nourishing).

Ward delivers his tender acoustic indie-folk songs with a sufficient dose of grit. His voice has comparable tone quality to Thom Yorke when it comes to soaring vocal lines, apparent in songs like “That’s What You Get,” and sounds like a healthy mixture of David Bazan and Gregory Alan Isakov during quieter moments. The addition of ethereal sounding synth parts and swelling, twangy instrumentals makes for a very even-tempered, enjoyable listen.

This year’s bill will not disappoint, so come early and pack into the front stage area to catch Zak & company digging up tunes from his latest EP, That’s What You Get, in addition to other tracks from his deep catalog. Cover is $7 and the party kicks off at 10pm.