BLUFFTON — There will be a Leap Day Show at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, at Bluffton Town Hall, 154 N. Main St., Bluffton.
The show will feature bands Zapruder Point, of Cincinnati, and Hogan’s Alley, of Bluffton.
At the turn of the millennium, Dan Phillips created Zapruder Point, writing and recording under that band name for over 15 years in Chicago.
Happily resettled in Cincinnati, Dan now presents the haunting solo E.P. Unnamed Stars, available on 2/28/2020 at zapruderpoint.bandcamp.com and via most streaming services.
On the surface, the latest EP from singer/songwriter Zapruder Point features very little — just under twenty minutes of acoustic guitar and vocals. But within this stark framework, Unnamed Stars paints detailed shapes. “Blood Everywhere” describes a parent’s growing despair as their child becomes mysteriously ill. “Taps” walks with a recovering addict in the city at dusk, temptation looming from blinking neon signs. And “Unnamed Stars” traces the passing of a generation — what’s inherited or passed on, by design or by accident. Zapruder Point (Cincinnati’s Dan Phillips) has been compared to Colin Meloy and Elliott Smith, but his stories are sung distinctly, with an observant eye and a yearning voice. Despite its austerity, Unnamed Stars is rich with sympathetic people and their many lingering echoes.
Hogan’s Alley, the project of Bluffton Local’s Jason Fritsch and Benji Bergstrand will open the show. Hogan’s Alley will be playing an acoustic set of their rootsy Americana. The band shares songwriting duties and stands behind consistently strong lyrics and earnest performance.