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)

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, April 2 2015 8:00 PM
8pm Andrea Centazzo- percussion/Jeff Schwartz - bass/John Shiurba - guitar
9pm 'Two Toe' - Marco Eneidi- alto saxophone, Donald Robinson - drums

Legendary European percussionist Andrea Centazzo (known for his collaborations with Derek Bailey, Steve Lacy, John Zorn, ROVA, and many others), visits the Bay Area, accompanied by Los Angeles bassist Jeff Schwartz. This Luggage Store show will be a set of free improvisation, their first appearance as a trio with local guitar master John Shiurba.
In an artistic career that spans over twentyfive years, Andrea Centazzo has given more than 1000 concerts and live performances in Europe and the United States, as well as having appeared and performed on numerous radio and television broadcasts. He has recorded over 60 LP's and CD's, and has authored 350 compositions and eight musicology books. His musical endeavors and creative expression range from the sublime to the passionate, from lyric opera to orchestral symphony and solo percussion. He has performed in momentous festivals as soloist of his own compositions or as conductor of symphonic orchestras. Centazzo is a pioneer of contemporary percussion. In the early years, he performed with some of the greatest avant-garde soloists and composers, including J. Zorn, S. Bussotti, S. Lacy, D. Cherry, A. Mangellsdorf, E. Parker, etc.

It is now over thirty years since musician/composer/alto saxophonist Marco Eneidi has been working out with, performing and recording in duo form with drummers as well as groups. Beginning in 1981 Mr. Eneidi began a daily duo session with the great drummer and instrument builder Jackson Krall. Practicng together every day for several or more hours for many years. This continued in NYC with legendary drummer Denis Charles, Rashid Bakr, Beaver Harris and Sunny Murray.

After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1995, this continued on a daily basis with the great drummers Donald Robinson and Spirit. Followed by daily sessions with Peter Valsamis and VijayAnderson. Since moving to Europe in 2004, where Marco is founding leader of the Neu New York/Vienna Institute of Improvised Music, this has continued with Swiss-Mexican drummer Gabriels Lauber, Didi Kern and the occasional performances with Paul Lovens, Michael Trela and Han Bennink.

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. Much of this work has featured the combination of Robinson and bassist Lisle Ellis as rhythm section: 'the best bass-drums tag team on the scene' (Jazz Times). His longest musical association, dating from the 1970's, was with the late tenor saxophonist Glenn Spearman.

Jeff Schwartz is co-leader of the Decisive Instant creative orchestra, principal bass of MESTO, a member of the Santa Monica Symphony, and is very active in the Los Angeles creative music community. He has also performed with artists including Anthony Braxton, Glenn Branca, Dana Reason, Nicole Mitchell, Yukari, Tracy McMullen, and Adam Rudolph, and attended the Creative Music Studio and the Vancouver Creative Music Institute. The author of a popular online biography of Albert Ayler, his writing has also appeared in the journals American Music, Popular Music, and Postmodern Culture, and in the forthcoming revision of A Basic Music Library.

John Shiurba is a composer and guitarist whose musical pursuits include improvisation, art-rock, modern composition and noise. Shiurba has recorded and toured the U.S. and Europe as a member of the bands Eskimo, The Molecules and Spezza Rotto, as a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Anthony Braxton's ensemble and the SFSound Group, and as an improvisor.
Shiurba has conducted the premieres of his compositions at ODC in 2005 ("Moon Cycle" for SFSound) at New Langton Arts in 2002 ("Triplicate") and at SFAlt in 2002 ("5x5 1.4" for SFSound). Shiurba was invited to play at the Seattle Improvised Music Festival in 1998, at the High Zero Festival in Baltimore in 1999, at the SFAlt Festival in 2004 and at the Olympia Experimental Music Festival in 2002 and 2004, and at the Push International Performing Arts Festival in Vancouver in 2007.
As a guitarist Shiurba has developed a unique and personalized approach to the guitar. Through the use of extended techniques and unusual preparations, he expands the traditional sound range of the instrument, producing stunning, often unrecognizable results. Cadence Magazine calls Shiurba a 'wildly creative guitarist... anti-jazz, anti-everything else, yet utterly compelling.'  More...

Thursday, April 9 2015 8:00 PM
8:15pm: Alexandra Hay
8:45pm: Corey Fogel (from LA, Percussion)
9:30pm: Maxwell Gualtieri (from LA, Guitar)

Note our temporary new address - 998 Market Street.

Alexandra Hay is an Oakland-based composer and intermedia artist. Her work often examines creative process, and the intricate textures that emerge between words, objects and bodies. Born in New Zealand, she studied music composition at the New Zealand School of Music, and musicology at the Freie Universität in Berlin, and is currently a Fulbright fellow and doctoral candidate in the Doctor of Musical Arts program at Stanford University.  More...

Thursday, April 16 2015 8:00 PM
Solo + Extension is an investigation, a cartographic excursion with hitherto-unknown tools, performed in a series of vignettes offering the widest possible sonoscopic and chromaural variety. Master musicians on their “traditional" instruments, these five intrepid composer/improvisers stretch out -- using attachments, toys, devices and appendages — bringing their musicality into unexpected and delightful realms of sonic art.

Aram Shelton — saxophone and electronics
John McCowen – amplified clarinet and floor tom
Shannah Sordahl — ‘cello and electronics
Kyle Bruckmann — oboe and electronics
Tom Djll — circuit-bent keyboards and analog electronics

Tom Djll will present a new installment of his hackMIDI suite of piano musics, for circuit-bent keyboards and analog electronics. Basically, take an ordinary digital piano, drive it with MIDI signals from a circuit-bent Keytar, and process the results. It’s like chewing on a Fudgesicle with the Jaws of Life, on a nuclear-powered elevator.  More...

Thursday, April 23 2015 8:00 PM
8pm Sonics of Saturn
Marlon Schieber, Tristan Norton
9pm Hamir Atwal, Rent Romus, Christina Stanley, Oluyemi Thomas

Oluyemi Thomas was born in Detroit, Michigan. He studied at Washtenaw College in Ann Arbor, Michigan where he received an Associate of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. While attending Washtenaw College, he also studied music and the spiritual and physical nature of sound & silence. Great love and respect for the Arts is regarded as a gem to his parents who passed this on to him and his sisters and brothers. In his childhood years his mother & father often listened to the masters Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Dinah Washington and Billie Holiday. As a creative musician, performer, recording artist teacher and engineer, Mr. Thomas seeks to express his abiding love for the hidden power of Art. Oluyemi’s primary focus is to touch the inner core of individuals, be it in a forum, radio, television, recording or on the bandstand. For two decades he & his lovely wife poet Ijeoma have been members of the music and poetry unit Positive Knowledge. (Bass Clarinet/Saxophone) He may be heard on Music & Arts, Ear Light Records, Eremite, Rastascan & BMG labels. His travels to Africa, the Middle East & Europe are elements he brings to the mix. Oluyemi’s experience in sharing musical language utterance include the great Cecil Taylor, Wadada Leo Smith, Alan Silva, William Parker, Wilber Morris, John Tchicai, Roscoe Mitchell and wonderful conversations with Anthony Braxton and Charles Gayle. Mr. Oluyemi believes “The musician’s art is among those arts worthy of the highest praise”… and “Music should lead to spirituality”…

Hamir began playing the drums at the age of 10 and started playing professionally at the age of 18. He studied at the Berklee College of Music on scholarship studying improvisation with saxophone great Joe Lovano and trombonist/composer Hal Crook. "Studying with composers and people who don't play your instrument really opened the way I approached music and improvising." After graduating from Berklee, Hamir moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he started working with creative musicians such as clarinetist/composer Ben Goldberg (Tin Hat Trio), trumpeter Darren Johnston (Nice Guy Trio) and saxophonist Patrick Wolff.

Sonics of Saturn seeks to emulate with musical performance the interaction between properties derived from matter in the universe. Through spontaneous improvisation via electric guitar, effects, and synthesizer, a unique array of textures and soundscapes capture an earthly expression of quantum, physical, biological, and cosmological processes. Just as matter combines to create particles that in turn combine to create physical structures, Sonics of Saturn creates a musical depiction of these natural events.

Thursday, April 30 2015 8:00 PM
8pm Joshua Marshall - tenor saxphone
9pm Florent Colautti solo electronics (France)  More...

Thursday, May 7 2015 8:00 PM
Puppy surprise improv night #2: Bring an instrument for some group improv! Instrumentalists will have their names drawn from a puppy surprise into quartets and quintets for short (7 minute) sets.

Note: Outsound's use of Puppy Surprise registered trademark does not suggest a relationship with Just Play Products, or make any sort of implication about the opinions of Just Play Products (or puppies, for that matter) about the validity and appeal of strange improvised music.  More...

Thursday, June 11 2015 8:00 PM
One set: Y'reka (Aram Shelton: Sax/electronics & Owen Stewart-Robinson: Guitar/electronics)
Other set: TBA

Owen Stewart-Robertson and Aram Shelton make music with guitar, saxophone, and electronics. It is focused improvisational music which uses textures as melody and creatively extends the sonic capabilities of their respective instruments.

Owen Stewart-Robertson is, among other things, a native of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, a guitarist, composer, educator, performer, a formerly active member of music scenes in, chronologically, the Maritimes, Montreal, Cincinnati, New York City, and Los Angeles, a mild claustrophobic, a participant in ensembles including VaVatican, Old Salt, This Sporting Life, Evelyn, Princess Reason, Teenage Burnout, Make A Circus, Jason Ajemian's HighLife and Folklords, Katherine Young's Pretty Monsters, a founder and director of experimental music label Prom Night Records, a brother of 3, a onetime student of a wonderful guy named Mick Goodrick, and an enthusiast of enthusiasm.

Aram Shelton is a saxophonist, clarinetist, improviser and composer based in Oakland, California. Since 2000 he has created original music that uses open ended improvisation as an integral component. In Oakland the projects Sound Quartet, Tonal Masher, Broken Trap Ensemble, and Ton Trio II represent his music. He is connected to Chicago (where he lived from 1999 to 2005) through his Quartet, the cooperative sextet Fast Citizens (Delmark), and Jason Adasiewicz’ Rolldown (Cuneiform).  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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