Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community


Luggage Store Creative Music Series

Outsound co-Presents @ The Luggage Store Gallery
San Francisco California 94103 USA  

The LSG Creative Music Series is the longest standing experimental music series in the Bay Area, with weekly Thursday night shows since 1991. Founded by LSG Gallery Directors Laurie Lazer and Darryl Smith, the series has been curated by several Bay Area musicians.

Since 2002 the Creative Music Series has been curated by Outsound Presents and local improvisers/sound artists Rent Romus and Matt Davignon. They present a wide cross section of sound artists from every experimental genre.

Thursdays 8-10pm
Admission $6-10 sliding scale
All ages welcome, no one refused for lack of funds.

The series is an artist-run, grass-roots DIY effort that relies on volunteers. Please join us in setting up chairs, curtain, lights, sound once a week, and contact Outsound Presents to get involved in marketing and project coordination.

The Luggage Store Gallery is a non-profit corporation funded by the City of San Francisco, grants, and your contributions. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, Noon to 5pm. For gallery information call 415-255-5971.

Please read the policies here. Contact Rent Romus for booking and all other inquires.

Artist-run, volunteer, grass-roots DIY effort with little money and extraordinary results
Type of Music Presented
Experimental: new sonic, improvised, noise, electronic, lowercase, avant-jazz, outrock, 21st century composition, and sonic art. See artist list below.

Weekly on Thursday Nights 8-10pm
Usually two or three acts per night
7:00pm Setup, 7:15-7:45 Sound check
8:15pm Set One (45 min)
9:15pm Set Two (45 min)
7:00pm Setup, 7:15-7:45 Sound check
8:10pm Set One (30min)
8:40pm Set Two (30 min)
9:25pm Set Three (30 min)

Booking Lead Time
Two to four months in advance
Terms & Policy
70% of door equally split between sets 30% of door goes to the Luggage Store Gallery which Outsound is not directly affiliated with. We volunteer our time and efforts to running the show. One comp admission per artist.
No Open Rehearsals: Please prepare for your concert prior to the scheduled date.
Luggage Store is an art gallery. Destructive Performance Art is not allowed as well as Power tools, or destructive devices of any type including fire or fume generators. This is a no smoking environment (includes incense and other forms of smoking).
Facility and Equipment
Visual arts gallery with simple PA (mixer and 2 speakers, 2 mic stands, 2 mics), full window film screen, window film screen (no LCD projector or interface). A few tables, 45 folding chairs and 2 music stands are available. Max Capacity 75(standing room)

Second story storefront on Market near Sixth
1.5 blocks from Powell Street BART station, and several San Francisco buses stop right outside. Parking is best on 6th, Taylor or Golden Gate. Stay out of alleys. Loading in by double parking on Market is sketchy. You can get ticketed. We recommended using a cart for transporting equipment so you can park, load up your cart, and trek on over to the space. Be ready for 30 stairs, there is no elevator.
Questions?, please email us

Do Not Have
Piano, projector, microphones, instrument cables, power strips
Do Not Provide
Guaranteed payment, guest passes, hotel accommodations, transportation, rehearsal space/time, or a sound person.
To Book a Gig
Check calendar for date availability.
Submit performance description with proposed dates, brief artist bios, website information and links to audio/video to Rent Romus

Past Curators/Volunteers
Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Sean Rooney, Steev Hise, Scott Looney, Matt Ingalls, Damon Smith, Bob Boster, Melissa Metrick, Jon Brumit (send us a note if you presented over the past 20 years, we'd love to hear from you).

Past Performers
Over the course of its Thursday night concerts, the series has presented hundreds of artists drawn from a vanguard roster, among them Cecil Taylor, Miya Masaoka, Alan Silva, Carl Stone, Biggi Vinkeloe, Joe McPhee, Janet Feder, Peter Kowald, Henry Kaiser, Fred Frith, Gino Robair, Koji Asano, Andrea Neumann, Axel Dorner, Kitundu, Pamela Z, Wolfgang Fuchs, Amy Denio, Jason Kahn, Eddie Prevost, Karen Stackpole, Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Gianni Gebbia, Karen Borca, Oluyemi Thomas, Saadet Turkoz, Yasuhiro Otani, Eddie Gale, Jim Ryan, Dina Emerson, Burton Green, Jane Rigler, Jack Wright, Assif Tsahar, CJ Reaven Borosque, Glenn Spearman, Danielle DeGruttola, Bob Marsh, Shoko Hikage, Bob Ostertag, Xome, Randy Yau, Stimbox, Kaffe Matthews and countless others both local and international.

Luggage Store Web Site

Upcoming Events:
Thursday, January 29 2015 8:00 PM
8pm onewayness
9pm Alphastare (Jeff Klukowski) vs Infinite Plastic Internal (Mark Pino)

(Mark Pino) got to know each other through various music-related internet chat sites. These conversations were initiated through a mutual love of improvised and electronic music forms, across many genres.
They have played music together privately and in public. They describe the sound which arises from their duo exchanges as "Ritualistic Electro-Acoustic Music". These rituals are improvised, with an emphasis placed upon mutual listening and creative thinking.

onewayness is Adam Holquist, an experimental electronic musician from Erie, Pennsylvania. He uses hardware and software synths, spoken word and field recordings, and a variety of acoustic and electric instruments to create atmospheric compositions which draw influence from vintage Berlin-school electronic music, minimalism, post-rock, and contemporary electronic 'listening music'.  More...

Thursday, February 5 2015 8:00 PM
Oa CD Release Show:

8:15: Glou Glou (Gretchen Jude: Voice/Koto/Electronics, and Arjun Mendiratta: Electronics/Violin/Rocks)
8:45: Oa (Hugh Behm-Steinberg and Matt Davignon: Electronically-treated voices.)
9:30: Parties
Joe Morgan (The Late Virginia Summers), P.D. Wilder (Hotel Hotel & More States) and Andrew Weathers

glou glou, active in the Bay Area since the beginning of 2012, is dedicated to creating improvised electronic music that is primarily ambient and consonant. glou glou plays both on and off stage, working with musicians and dancers like Thingamajigs and Christine Germaine. Gretchen Jude plays Roland SP-404, koto and sings (among other things); Arjun Mendiratta plays laptop, violin and rocks (and such). glou glou [pronounced glue glue] is the birdsong of the future. glou glou is concerned with texture, timbre, tonality, post-human improvisation, and whimsy. glou glou is a french word meaning kKJ86$#JkfDLos;oOOp. small children are particularly receptive to glou glou.

Oa creates music entirely from human voices, mostly in the form of spoken recordings, such as stories, poetry and conversations. Oa's debut CD (also called "Oa") will be available from Edgetone Records.

Parties are Joe Morgan (The Late Virginia Summers), P.D. Wilder (Hotel Hotel & More States) and Andrew Weathers.
Parties are Dronelife (

Thursday, February 12 2015 8:00 PM
8pm TBA
9pm Loop 2.4.3's Time-Machine_music - Thomas Kozumplik (aka Loop 2.4.3)
combines man's oldest instruments (percussion and voice) with electronics and time-based effects to create an other-worldly musical journey.

Thomas Kozumplik (aka Loop 2.4.3) combines man's oldest instruments (percussion and voice) with electronics and time-based effects to create an other-worldly musical journey. The material deals with literally and figuratively manipulating and experiencing "time" in different ways, from a personal and social perspective, and is alternately contemplative, melodic, rhythmic, poignant, and cathartic. Please see for more.
This concert is part of a California tour that will take the “Time-Machine” to Santa Cruz, Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Studio City, Whittier, and Joshua Tree. The engagements include concerts at clubs and arts centers, as well as outreach programs for students from elementary to college level, arranged through Look 2.4.3’s label, Music Starts From Silence (

Thomas Kozumplik (Loop 2.4.3, Clogs) has appeared internationally as a soloist and chamber musician in collaborations with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Adelaide Art Orchestra, Kronos Quartet, Dafnis Prieto, Evan Ziporyn, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Shara Worden, Sufjan Stevens, The Books, The National, Gyan Riley, Legacy Percussion Orchestra, and more, at venues such as the Barbican (London), Carnegie Hall (NYC), Brighton Dome (Brighton, UK), Paradiso (Amsterdam), France Inter Radio "White Sessions" (Paris), international festivals such as the Sydney Festival (AUS), Adelaide Festival (AUS), London Jazz Festival (UK), Music Now (Cincinnati), Big Ears (Knoxville), Ecstatic Music Festival (NYC), Halifax Jazz Festival (NS), and universities, including Cornell, California Institute of the Arts, Michigan State Univ., Santa Clara Univ., and many more. His original music has been described as "action adventures and all sounds like part of a well-thought-out tradition. Only the tradition has never existed until now." - NPR  More...

Thursday, February 19 2015 8:00 PM
Ad-Hoc Groups night

Bring an instrument for some group improv! Instrumentalists will have their names drawn from a receptacle into trios and quartets for short (7 minute) sets. Confirmed participants:
Jorge Bachmann - electronics
CJ Borosque - trumpet
Matt Davignon - electronics
Brian Day - homemade instruments
Karl Evangelista - guitar
Philip Everett - electronics
Joe Lasqo - keys
Josh Marshall - sax
Mark Pino - percussion
Rent Romus - sax
Eli Wallace - keys  More...

Thursday, March 12 2015 8:00 PM
8pm: Tentatively booked
9pm: Paul Stapleton (Bonsai Sound Sculpture) & Rachel Austin (Voice)

Paul Stapleton writes:
I’m an improviser, sound artist, inventor and writer originally from Southern California, currently based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. I design and perform with a variety of modular metallic sound sculptures, custom made electronics, found objects and electric guitars in locations ranging from experimental music clubs in Berlin to remote beaches on Vancouver Island. Since 2007, I have been lecturing at the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC), where I teach and supervise MA & PhD research in performance technologies, interaction design and site-specific art. My recent album ‘FAUNA’ with saxophonist Simon Rose has received acclaim from music critics such as Ken Waxman (Jazzword), Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg (Orynx), Mark Corroto (All About Jazz), Marc Medwin (New York City Jazz Record) and others.  More...

Thursday, June 18 2015 8:00 PM
8pm TBA
9pm Phillip Greenlief - solo saxophone

Saxophonist/Composer Phillip Greenlief will perform a set of solo improvisations as he kicks off his Summer 2015 Solo Tour of the United States. The Luggage Store Gallery show will be the first concert in a 28 city tour that will span both coastlines and cross the continent twice.

Since his emergence on the west coast in the late 1970s, Evander Music founder and saxophonist Phillip Greenlief has achieved international critical acclaim for his recordings and performances with musicians and composers in the post-jazz continuum as well as new music innovators and virtuosic improvisers. He has performed and recorded with Fred Frith, Meredith Monk and They Might Be Giants; albums include THAT OVERT DESIRE OF OBJECT with Joelle Leandre, and ALL AT ONCE with FPR (Frank Gratkowski, Jon Raskin, Phillip Greenlief). Recent residencies have included Headlands Center for the Arts and the University of Ballarat, Australia, and from 2012 to 2014 he was the curator at Berkeley Arts, a home for progressive music. He is the recipient of a San Francisco Bay Guardian Goldie Award.  More...

Thursday, October 22 2015 8:00 PM
The Experimental Side of the Y2k15 Live Looping Festival  More...

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