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, July 9 2015 8:00 PM
8:00pm Return of Uncle Ted's Photos
spontaneous non-notational composition using conduction technique created by Butch Morris
Ann O'Rourke (percussion, voice); Chaz Feathers (tenor sax); Cindy Webster (musical saw, accordion); Eric Saxby (ukulele); Jack Madden (bass trombone); Laurie BK (voice, frame drum); Sam Genovese (voice, pineapple, laptop); Ken Prokuski (conduction)
9:00pm Jaroba/Corcoran
Jaroba - woodwinds and invented instruments and electronics.
Kevin Corcoran - percussion and textural sounds

Return of Uncle Ted’s Photos uses the Conduction technique created by Butch Morris and promoted by Dino Deane to create pieces of spontaneous non-notational composition. The interplay between conductor and performer(s) leads sound into unexpected and dynamic spaces where spontaneity, purpose, collaboration, and improvisation meet.  More...

Thursday, July 16 2015 8:00 PM
8pm Jordan Glenn / Rent Romus duo
9pm Matt Herman - solo electric guitar  More...

Thursday, July 23 2015 8:00 PM
8pm Bleeding Vector
Eric Vogler- guitar, Lorin Benedict- voice
9pm Aurélie Lierman - solo voice

Aurélie Lierman was born in Rwanda but grew up in Belgium from the age of two. She’s an independent radio producer, vocalist and composer. Lately Aurélie Lierman is trying new directions by fusing radio art, vocal art and composition. Her main focus is her personal field recordings: a large collection of unique sounds and soundscapes from rural and urban contemporary East‐Africa. Sound‐bit by sound‐bit she’s transforming and sculpting them into something she would call “Afrique Concrète”. Aurélie Lierman’s work has been broadcasted, exhibited and performed in Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Portugal, Germany, Italy, Austria, Romania, Israel, Cyprus, Switzerland, Ireland, UK, Morocco, South Africa, etc.

In May 2014 Aurélie Lierman won the First Prize at Monophonic 2014 (Brussels) for ‘Anosmia’, a radio composition reflecting on the Rwandan Genocide. In 2013 Aurélie Lierman won the 1st prize at Sonic Art (Rome) for her radio composition KARIAKOO ( a sonic portrait of a lively neighborhood in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania). In the same year, she also won the 3rd prize at Grand Prix Nova (Bucharest) for her radio composition ‘iota mikro’ (based on field recordings from her birthplace, the Karisimbi vulcano, in Rwanda).

Aurélie Lierman had two album releases in collaboration with the British cult-group Nurse With Wound ( [SIC] 2013, “Santoor Lena Bicycle” 2014 on which she appeared as a sound artist and vocalist. Currently Aurélie Lierman is developing a series of site specific installations, performances and electro acoustic compositions for “Meanwhile, in Fukushima“ some of them will be premiered this summer 2015, throughout her first solo tour in the USA.  More...

Thursday, August 6 2015 8:00 PM
8pm Josh Allen duo
9pm Marco Eneidi's
Two Toe alto saxophone/drum duo series
with Donald Robinson  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, September 24 2015 8:00 PM
8:00pm Thollem Electric
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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