Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community


Luggage Store Creative Music Series

509 Ellis Street
San Francisco California   

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, October 8 2015 8:00 PM
8:10pm Adam Adhiyatma solo
8:40pm Bad Jazz w/Bryan Day, Tania Chen and others!
9:25pm Chinese Fire Drill
Dave Dave Dupuis-nunshorn, Sung Kim-nunshorn, Brian Pedersen-clarinet/sax

Adam Adhiyatma is a guitarist, clarinetist, composer and improviser from Singapore. He is interested in formal, mystical and ritual uses of sound. He likes to think about voices; multiple voices issuing from the same body, hydras, the ensuing confusion, and the ensuing ecstasy. Adam’s work is [noisy, architectural, lyrical, angry, rhythmic, highly dissonant, very loud, very quiet.] It is connected by an investment in music’s social, political and mystical (bodily) power, a history in jazz, rock and experimental music (even though it seldom sounds like any of those things), as well as a deep curiosity about the phenomena that are composition, listening, and improvisation.

Bad Jazz is an electro-acoustic improvisation trio featuring, Tania Chen, Bryan Day and others. Using invented instruments, electronic toys, percussion and piano they create roughly rendered sonic landscapes.

Chinese Fire Drill!

Thursday, October 15 2015 8:00 PM
The LSG Creative Music Series RETURNS to the Luggage Store Gallery!
8pm Ross Hammond - solo guitar
9pm The Ruminations
Rent Romus - saxopones/flutes/objects, Mark Pino - percussion, Nathan Swedlow - double bass more TBA  More...

Thursday, October 22 2015 8:00 PM
The Experimental Side of the Y2k15 Live Looping Festival
8:15) Aram Shelton / Tonal Masher (sax, electronics)
8:45) Philip Zuercher (guitar, electronics) from Bern, Switzerland
9:30) Jeff Kaiser (trumpet, electronics) from San Diego

Jeff Kaiser is a trumpet player, composer, conductor, music technologist and scholar currently living in San Diego, California. Classically trained as a trumpet player, Kaiser now views his traditional instrument as hybrid with new technology (in the form of software and hardware interfaces) that he creates for his dynamic and adventurous performances and recordings. He gains inspiration and ideas from the intersections of experimental composition and improvisation and the timbral and formal affordances provided by combining traditional instruments with emerging technologies. The roots of his music are firmly in the experimental traditions within jazz, improvised and Western art music practices. Kaiser considers his art audio-centric, but he also works with live video, tracking and interactive technologies. He currently is the instructor of a variety of classes (including ethnomusicology, interactive arts technology and digital audio composition, among others) at the University of San Diego and Mira Costa College. Kaiser is currently in the working group for digital humanities and is helping to develop the arts entrepreneurship minor at the University of San Diego. He is the former Director of Development for the Center for World Music.

Philipp Zuercher plays original instrumental compositions and improvisations, juxtaposing progressive rock, modal jazz and modern classical music. He has been composing and performing songs, instrumental pieces for solo guitar and small ensembles, and subsequently also electroacoustic and multimedia productions. As a soloist, he has performed in Switzerland, in England and in the USA.

Tonal Masher is the solo electroacoustic project of Aram Shelton. To find a different application of the resonant characteristics of the instrument, Shelton removes a necessary component for traditional saxophone performance: the mouthpiece and reed. The fundamental sonic characteristics of the saxophone are harnessed by using the resonant feedback produced by microphone position and non-traditional saxophone key fingerings. Electronics are integrated via a custom made Max/MSP software patch. Shelton is a improviser and composer who makes music with saxophone and electronics. Since 2001, he has been using computer based live sampling via Max/MSP in a variety of settings to process acoustic instruments. He received his MFA in Electronic Music from Mills College, and his 2007 thesis focused on the use of live sampling to extend and rearrange the sounds of acoustic instruments in a live performance setting. He has taught at the Oakland School for the Arts and has led improvisation and electroacoustic music workshops in San Francisco, at UC Santa Cruz, Evergreen State University and the jazz school in Luzern (CH). In 2002 he formed the duo Grey Ghost (482 Music) with the drummer Johnathan Crawford. The Wire found their music to be a “focused symbiosis of breath and circuitry”. From 2010 to 2012 he joined Michael Coleman and Alex Vittum in the trio Stratic. All About Jazz compared their music to “a waking dream memory of music”. In the past year, Shelton has focused on solo electroacoustic music that is based on explorations of the resonant feedback frequencies that are unique to the saxophone. Due to his ongoing fascination with sonic rearrangement, Shelton has chosen the anagram Tonal Masher as an apt moniker.  More...

Thursday, October 29 2015 8:00 PM
8pm SLOW slow LORIS
9pm Instagon

"As a music box descends its pitch and a voice invokes the unknown, a spell settles over the audience. A gentle thumb piano becomes haunting as various effect chains send and release their mutation and a broken cymbal provides a steady, precise un-rhythm. Samples enter and confuse while the voice clarifies and interrupts. Their epic, sweeping live performance uses vocal melodies, samples, various instruments, live looping and multiple pedal chains to coax the music out of the noise. Like wanting to protect an endangered species, they enter raw emotional imagination to give the nuances of one’s subconscious permission to come forth…With their sensitive blend of raw meeting craft and music meeting noise, they reach a wide range of audiences and venues from clubs and festival stages to concert halls and art galleries."

Instagon is an invoked musical entity that is called upon by the deamon rider Lob and whomever he has asked to undertake this task with him for the current excursion.. have no doubt, this is a magickal invokation ritual to bring forth the deamon of jam and garage jazz itself...Instagon...and it happens with or without the knowledge of the players involved, only the deamon rider, Lob, has the reins of this sonic creature and he alone guides it to be his servitor.  More...

Thursday, November 5 2015 8:00 PM
8pm: Agnes Szelag (voice, cello, electronics)
9pm: Christian Pincock (trombone, electronics)

Agnes Szelag experiments and designs in the convergent space between composition and improvisation, video and performance, the material and immaterial, producing electro-acoustic works, installations, and textural video pieces. As a composer, Agnes writes for her own performances and releases as well as collaborations such as myrmyr, Dokuro, Evon, Oakland Active Orchestra, and other ensembles. She performs using cello, voice, and electronics – often incorporating visual media into her solo performances.
Agnes’ music has been hailed as “a distinctive voice in the electro-acoustic field” by Textura, and “gorgeous” by XLR8R. Her duo with The Norman Conquest, Dokuro, is described by THE WIRE as “discreetly sculptured.” Myrmyr her collaboration with Marielle Jakobson has numerous reviews for both albums with descriptions such as “soaring chamber compositions in perfect ambient space” by Boomkat.

Christian Pincock is a trombonist, composer and educator creates a wide range of uncompromising and meaningful music. Informed by a firm background in jazz, his work focuses on narrative, gesture and detail as a way of inspiring and entertaining audiences with work that integrates many musical styles and elements.
He also performs solo works on trombone and computer using homemade controllers and computer software for live control over computer-generated sounds and processing. Some of these controllers include a set of modified organ pedals, buttons and motion sensors attached to his valve trombone and keyboard controllers used in nonstandard ways. He has released five recordings under his own name and has performed on other artists’ recordings.  More...

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