1. On September 12, a group of young musicians, assembled by veteran singer-songwriter-keyboardist Bonnie Hayes, will open for Michael Franti at the Fillmore. This group includes the entire current lineup of Marin-based Americana-rockers the Heretics, as well as several members of now-defunct teen band America's Bestest, including guitarist Bobby Dorward, drummer Eli Kemp, and vocalist Ellie Cope (the latter two of whom are also members of the Heretics).
2. After 8 years, Oakland alt-rockers Audrye Sessions have broken up. They played their final show August 27, at the New Parish in Oakland. Unfortunately, the promoters were cruel enough to make it 18+.
3. Finish Ticket announced a surprise show on August 29, 1:00 PM on Telegraph in Berkeley. I will not be attending, but this will likely be their last show for a long time, as all the members are going off to college soon.
4. DTD of screamo-disco duo Foolish Ways announced he would be fronting a new group called Cut the Riff Raff with someone named "P-Dub" and somebody else named "???"
5. In festival news, Power to the Peaceful (Michael Franti, Crystal Bowersox, Rebelution) will take place in Golden Gate Park on September 11. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass's 10th anniversary show (Patti Smith, Rosanne Cash, Conor Oberst, MC Hammer, and a cast of countless) will take place October 1 to 3 in the same place. And indie-friendly Treasure Island Festival (Belle & Sebastian, LCD Soundsystem, the National, Broken Social Scene) will take place October 16 and 17... you can guess where.