Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community


Luggage Store Creative Music Series

998 Market St.
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 $6-15 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)

Located on Market Street near Taylor 1 block 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, August 6 2015 8:00 PM
8pm Josh Allen/Spirit duo
9pm Marco Eneidi's Two Toe alto saxophone/drum duo series
with Donald Robinson

Born on All Saints Day, 1956 in Portland, Oregon, Marco Eneidi's life in music began at the age of nine playing the clarinet while growing up in the San Francisco East Bay area of California. During high school he started playing the guitar in the finger picking style of the southern blues legends, played gut bucket bass in a jug band, and played clarinet in a Dixieland band which performed at nursing homes and the local pizzeria.
In 1981, Marco decided to move to New York and look up Jimmy Lyons who he had met several years earlier at San Francisco's Keystone Corner with the Cecil Taylor Unit. Within several days of moving into the Lower East Side, Marco met Jemeel Moondoc along with the members of his band which included Denis Charles, William Parker and Roy Campbell. He began an everlasting relationship with some of the most important musicians of the time. Many other relationships and collaborations soon followed. They include Don Cherry, Jim Pepper, Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor, Earl Cross, Clarence "C" Sharpe, Dewey Redman and Wilbur Morris.
With the release of his trio LP recording "Vermont Spring" in 1987, Marco formed Botticelli Records which has since seen several releases on CD. These releases have included many of the most important creative jazz musicians in the field: Denis Charles, William Parker, Wadada Leo Smith, Glenn Spearman, Peter Broetzmann, Wilbur Morris, Karen Borca and Jackson Krall.
After returning to California in 1995, Marco, along with Glenn Spearman formed the Creative Music Orchestra. It was the first of many large recent orchestral works that were composed on an even larger scale, leading to the creation of the American Jungle Orchestra, which has varied in size from fifteen to fourty over the years.
Since moving to Europe in 2004, the opportunity to perform throughout the European continent has opened up with concerts at many of the festivals, concert halls, clubs and art galleries; including Nickelsdorf -Konfrontationen, Ulrichsberg - Kaleidophon, Sibiu -Jazz and More. Regular work with the Austian artist Franz West has also provided performances at international art centers including the Venice Biennale 2007, and the recent recording of John Cage's piece "Variations" to be used as a soundtrack for a film on Cy Twombly.

Joshua Allen has created his own personal language on the tenor saxophone, with an emphasis on polytonal and asymmetrical phrasing, as well as extending the range and sonic ability of the instrument. He does this with constant emphasis and study of the overtone series, and the generation of multiphonics from the application of this process. He is currently teaching Fellowship students at the Brubeck Institute at the University of Pacific. He was born in Berkeley, California in 1972. Like many of today’s prominent musicians, Mr. Allen was a product of the Berkeley public school system, studying saxophone starting at the age of nine under Phil Hardymon. He went on to study with such prominent Bay Area musicians as Bill Aron, Joe Henderson, and Rory Snyder. With his focus squarely on jazz composition and performance, Mr. Allen moved to Southern California in the early nineties to study with Rick Helzer at San Diego State. He became active in the Latin Jazz community, and worked with various musicians such as Dennis Chambers, and Eddie Palmieri. Mr. Allen’s return to the Bay Area in the mid 90s to finish his Bachelors degree at Sonoma State. His association with saxophonist Marco Eneidi led to working relationships with musicians such as Glen Spearmann, Matthew Goodheart, Damon Smith, and eventually Cecil Taylor.

Described as a 'percussive dervish' (Coda) Donald Robinson is a technical master of the drums. He is a stalwart of the of San Francisco bay area avant-garde jazz scene, playing and recording with many of the area's improvisational players, from saxophonists John Tchicai, Marco Eneidi and Larry Ochs to koto player Miya Masaoka and pianist Matthew Goodheart, and with prominent visitors like Cecil Taylor, Wadada Leo Smith, George Lewis, trumpeter Raphe Malik and Canadian pianist Paul Plimley.  More...

Thursday, August 13 2015 8:00 PM
8pm: neem (Gabby Fluke-Mogul, Kelley Kipperman
9pm: TBD  More...

Thursday, August 20 2015 8:00 PM
8:00pm David Katz - voice + TBA
8:40pm Rachel Austin - voice
9:15pm zBug

Rachel Austin’s aim as a vocal improviser is split between two bipolar judgements:
a. to playplayplay
b. to seek the Sublime through narrative* in the shapes created by sound
A songwriter, performance artist and electronic composer, she has toured and recorded throughout Europe and the US. She taught voice and performance at the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) at Queen's University Belfast and is currently studying at Mills College in Oakland.
She has performed with others.
People like:
Okkyung Lee, Ellen Waterman, Maria Chavez, Bourne Davis Kane, Tom Arthurs, Simon Rose,
maybe you (since you are here)
etc etc etc
and is set to perform with Fred Frith in various upcoming shows. Much to her surprise, Austin’s recent work has taken a more sublime bent with impulses toward computer interventions, narrative, noisenoisenoise and movement. Play, humour, the sublime, beauty... these [in- or de-]form her narratives.
*let's face it:she writessongs on the fly.  More...

Thursday, August 27 2015 8:00 PM
8pm Berkeley Arts Lab Band
9pm Matthew Dotson  More...

Thursday, September 3 2015 8:00 PM
8pm Logan Hone/Greg Uhlmann Duo
9pm Shadow Revolutions (Sharkiface & Fletcher Pratt)

Logan Hone is a saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and improviser based in Los Angeles. By incorporating intricate composition, folk-like melodies, open structure improvisation, and nonstandard instrumentations, Logan aims to blur the boundaries between composition, improvisation, jazz, noise, and indie rock. He is a member of Bright Whistles, Logan Hone’s Similar Fashion, FunCoffin (with Christian Asplund), Ice People, and Deesert Magic. Logan holds a degree in Jazz Performance from California Institute of the Arts.

Gregory Uhlmann is a Los Angeles-based composer, songwriter, guitarist, and graduate of the California Institute of the Arts. Active in a breadth of styles as a guitarist and composer Uhlmann is a founding member of several genre-stretching groups including the rock band, Fell Runner as well the improvising chamber ensemble, River Song Quintet. As a guitarist Uhlmann is a member of many bands including, Joe Labarbera's Global Community Quartet, Andy Clausen's SHUTTER, The Michael Mull Octet, Trevor Anderies' Quartet, Logan Hone's Similar Fashion, and many more..  More...

Thursday, September 10 2015 8:00 PM
8pm: Tim DeCillis - Percussion
Hamir Atwal - Percussion
Alex Cohen - Guitar
9pm: Ori Barel - electronics

Tim DeCillis was born and raised in Rochester, NY, and holds a Bachelor's Degree in music performance from the State University of New York at Fredonia, where he studied classical percussion, jazz drum set and vibraphone, mallet music of Central America, and West African drumming and gyil. From there he went on to earn a Master's Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he also worked as a part time instructor, teaching lecture courses and private lessons. After that Tim made a name for himself playing music in Chicago, where he performed with, among others, Frank Rosaly, Nu Directions Chamber Brass, the Jarvis Raymond Trio, Lionel O, and Project Film. Since relocating to Oakland in 2014 he has begun to forge working relationships with many members of the vibrant Bay Area music scene, including Ryan Pate, Crystal Pascucci, Eli Wallace, Mark Clifford, and Jonah Udall, and explores his compositions as the leader of the group Harbinger, featuring Safa Shokrai, Theo Padouvas, Cory Wright, and Alex Cohen.

Hamir Atwal is an up-and-coming American drummer/composer based near Berkeley, CA. He is a Berklee College of Music graduate who has taught at Music Academy International, Stanford University, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the JazzSchool, CSU-Stanislaus, and Santa Rosa Junior College. Hamir is an active endorser of DREAM Cymbals. He has performed with such acts as the Glimpse Trio, tUneyArDs, Michael Coleman, the Ben Goldberg School, and was a part of his own percussion group entitled CavityFang. He has played in such notable venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, the Village Vanguard, Nancy Jazz Pulsations, and the Monterey Jazz Festival. He can regularly be heard throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Ori Barel's music explores various fields including electronic music, chamber music, works for solo instruments and electronics and orchestral music. His chamber music has been performed by The Formalist Quartet, Kobayachi Trio and The Ear Unit in venues such as MOSA series (New York), Redcat Lounge (Los Angeles), Ballhaus (Berlin), Santandler Festival (Spain) and Beyond Baroque (Los Angeles). He has performed his electronic pieces at various venues and festivals including: ICMC, Redcat, Soundwalk Festival, Center For New Music (San Francisco), Cemec Festival in Stanford University,  More...

Thursday, September 17 2015 8:00 PM
8:00pm Sleets (From LA): Lucas Gorham - Guitar
8:45pm Zachary Mariano - trombone/electronics
9:15pm Chris Corsano - solo drums

SLEETS is Lucas Gorham. It is music that uses lap steel guitar, electric guitar, electronics and vocals. Lucas is based in Los Angeles, CA but has relocated from Houston, TX.

First spellbound by freely improvised music in the mid-1990s after witnessing performances by TEST, William Parker, Cecil Taylor, and others, Chris Corsano began a long-standing, high-energy partnership with Paul Flaherty in 1998. A move from western Massachusetts to the UK in 2005 led Corsano to focus on his solo music, incorporating sax reeds, violin strings and bows, contact microphones and electronics, and everyday household items into his drum kit. In February 2006 he released his first solo recording, The Young Cricketer, and toured extensively throughout Europe, USA, and Japan. He spent 2007 and '08 as the drummer on Björk's Volta world tour, all the while weaving in shows and recordings on his days off with the likes of Evan Parker, Virginia Genta, and C. Spencer Yeh. Moving back to the U.S. in 2009, Corsano returned focus to his own projects, including solo work, duos with Michael Flower, Joe McPhee, Nate Wooley, and Mette Rasmussen and the trio Rangda with Richard Bishop and Ben Chasny.

Thursday, September 24 2015 8:00 PM
8:00pm TBA
8:45pm Scott Cazan - electronics (Los Angeles)
9:30pm Carmina Escobar - voice/electronics (Los Angeles)  More...

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

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