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Square moves

Thursday at the Square heads south next week, as the first Thursday free show in the series takes over the Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf to welcome the Lowest of the Low, the Canadian power-pop outfit long adored by Buffalo audiences.

Fans recently flocked to the Town Ballroom for two sold-out nights of the band's in-full recounting of its legendary debut effort, "Shakespeare My Butt." This week's show will offer surprises of a different nature -- among them, of course, the dramatic change in venue, from Lafayette Square to the waterfront.

Fans can expect more ample sightlines, increased space to roam and improved sound quality. Lafayette Square, as wonderful as shows there can be, has always presented a challenge for live sound engineers, considering it sits in a virtual canyon surrounded by tall buildings with a large statue sitting directly opposite the stage. Interestingly, Low singer/guitarist Ron Hawkins will have the pleasure of opening for himself Thursday when Hawkins and the Do-Good Assassins, in addition to Newfoundland indie rock outfit Hey Rosetta!, help to kick off the proceedings, beginning at 5 p.m.

-- Jeff Miers

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