Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community


Luggage Store Creative Music Series

1007 Market 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, May 5 2016 8:00 PM
8pm Joshua Marshall - tenor saxophone
abstract narratives in real-time
9pm The Guthrie Project
Beth Schenck - saxophones, compositions
Matt Wrobel - guitar

Joshua Marshall is an Oakland-based saxophonist and composer/improviser. His work involves architectural innovation, narrativity, systematic improvisatory practice, and live digital media. He has studied with Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Frith, Pauline Oliveros, Evan Parker, Zeena Parkins, Butch Rovan, I.M. Harjito, and Steve Adams of the ROVA Saxophone Quartet. Joshua has played and/or recorded with Opera Wolf, The Lords of Outland, Architect/Enchantress, Bill Noertker's Moxie, Medium Sized Band, ELL3, Cheer Accident, Josh Allen's Deconstruction Orchestra, Key West, Mister Sister, Ikue Mori, Robocop, the Andrew Weathers Ensemble, Modest Machine, and MDK. His music has been featured in festivals and conferences nationwide, including Providence Pixilerations events, the 2010 International Computer Music Conference and 2013's Outsound Summit. Joshua graduated from Brown University, earning a B.A. through the MEME program, and holds an M.F.A. in music from Mills College.
Joshua has devised several long-form works under the "Mythopoetics" heading, the ambition of which is to unfold abstract narratives in real-time by working within improvisatory systems determined by conceptual constraints particular to the subjects involved. Highlights include Volume II, a series of "Free Jazz Ballets" inspired by Charles Mingus, and Volume IV (Pharaoh Lunaire), which syncretizes a host of trinities (Sanders/Ayler/Coltrane, Webern/Berg/Schoenberg, the Holy Trinity) while repurposing the form of Schoenberg's famed melodrama.

The Guthrie Project is a collaboration between Beth Schenck (saxophones + compositions) and Matt Wrobel (guitar), who have been playing music together for over a decade. After their son was born in 2011, Beth began writing short musical poems out of a growing interest in small scale/minimalist structures that could exercise both musical restraint and freedom of space. The product possesses an expansive, cinematic quality that has been described as "lyrical, rich and biting" (Greg Burk, Beth and Matt have performed throughout the United States, Europe and Japan and have performed with world-renowned musicians Henry Threadgill, Rajeev Taranath, Jim Black, Bill McHenry, Andrew D'Angelo and many others. Beth and Matt currently reside in San Francisco.  More...

Thursday, May 12 2016 8:00 PM
8pm Steuart Liebig - electric bass/effects
9pm zBug

zBug is the premiere industrial jazz unit based in San Francisco, CA that presents structured improvisational compositional music sets, based on architecture.
David Leikam — NS Design CR6 cello, Moog synthesizers, piano, Sheila Bosco — drums, keyboard, Timothy Orr — drums, percussion, Sean Price — modular synthesizer, electro-beats

When prompted to talk about himself in the third person, electric bassist/composer Steuart Liebig will tell you that he has been playing and writing music for a long time.
It’s probably more interesting to see what other people have said about him:

“To say only that he plays bass would be misleading. As an improviser, he commands a shocking array of effects. As a composer, he can create rigorous but liberating frameworks for wide-open jazz on one hand and harmonica honk on the other. And mainly, he hears everybody else, assimilates it all and kicks it to another level.”
“A major concern of Steuart Liebig’s is space; acknowledging it, defining it, dividing it up. If anyone can be funky without necessarily grooving, it’s bassist Liebig, a master of the unexpected cosmic event.”
“Liebig is equally at home charting lunar terrain as he is in the pocket.”
“. . . nonpareil rethinker of electric bass . . . “
“Steuart Liebig’s bass isn’t a bass, it’s a giant alien creature in the heaving throes of partition.”

One of his recent focuses has been attempting to develop different techniques and timbral resources that are outside the normal practice of his instrument.
For the 12 May concert, he plans on dividing his set into smaller subsets of miniatures for electric bass that utilize some of these explorations.
You can read a fuller biography here:
For a partial discography, go here:  More...

Thursday, May 19 2016 8:00 PM
8:15pm: Sub Station 6 (drones / electronics)
8:45pm: Wobbly
9:30pm: Horse Lords (from Baltimore) - microtonal post-rock

Using synthesizers, loops, effects, analog electronics and captivating video projections, Gabe launches a sonic assault that segues into haunting soundscapes.

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Horse Lords:
West African rhythms collide with just intonation guitars, art-fire saxophone, minimalist grooves, and collaged zapdowns on Interventions, the powerful third full-length from Baltimore's Horse Lords.
Founded at the turn o' the 'teens by Andrew Bernstein (saxophone/percussion), Max Eilbacher (bass/electronics), Owen Gardner (guitar), and Sam Haberman (drums), Horse Lords quickly established themselves as avant-heavies with the two extended tracks of their powerful self-titled debut (Ehse Records, 2012). Playing custom electric guitars and basses refretted by Gardner, the band's rolling polyrhythms chime with the strange and distinct harmonies of just intonation inspired by the master La Monte Young and other heroes.  More...

Thursday, May 26 2016 8:00 PM
8pm Bryan Day - invented instruments
9pm Dave DeFilippo/Kevin Corcoran

Bryan Day is a improviser, instrument inventor, illustrator and installation artist based in Richmond, CA. His work involves combining elements of the natural and man-made world using field recordings, custom audio generation software and homemade instruments. Day’s work explores the parallels between the patterns and systems in nature to those in contemporary society.

Dave DeFilippo / Kevin Corcoran:
Free improvisation. Drum kit and Max/MSP. Extended technique and built software bring acoustic and electronic together in dialogue with shared interests in the glitch, repetition, noise, texture, tone and cybernetic modes of listening. DeFilippo and Corcoran met while both studying sonic arts at UC Davis in 2010 and have since relocated to the Bay Area. Despite proximity, this appearance at Luggage Store is their first public performance as a duo  More...

Thursday, June 2 2016 8:00 PM
8pm: Matt Davignon (electronics) and some people
9pm: TBD

Matt Davignon’s music is “fragile and gorgeous and stubbornly weird,” according to the SF Bay Guardian. He’s best known for combining drum machine and/or pre-recorded voices with a variety of electronic processing devices to create shifting layers of organic and expressive sounds. His music is inspired by field recordings, natural sound phenomena, irregular and imperfect rhythms, and psychedelic, drone and space music.  More...

Thursday, July 14 2016 8:00 PM
8:15pm Christine Richers - cello/laptop
8:50pm Collette McCaslin - percussion/electronics/trumpet
9:30pm Dan Thorpe - keyboard/electrpnics

Collette McCaslin is a San Francisco Bay Area based player of the Cornet, noisician,abstract artist, and writer.
In her youth she explored plunder-phonics as a means of expression “composing” tape works comprised of snippets of radio static, college radio and death metal.
As a teenager she was heavily influenced by her family to explore the realms of jazz, she played the saxophone at Cabrillo College. Her own interests diverged however, when she began working with guitar.Her first album "Machine" is a layered work of looping...
At some point in the last ten years she started working with analogue FX boxes and doing feedback based electronics. With that setup she has played in numerous situations. Including "Lords of Outland" where she interacts with other musicians, live, with a feedback based instrument. As well as headlining at NorCal Noise Fest many years in a row...
Later, she began playing the Cornet...which is currently her favorite instrument. She plays in Forward Energy, Lords of Outland, and various improvisational Orchestras...
She recently changed her public persona from "CJ Borosque" back to her Legal name "Collette McCaslin"

Dan Thorpe is a Performer and Composer based in Adelaide, South Australia.
Dan was born in Bradford, UK (1991). He spent his early childhood on the tiny Channel Island of Guernsey, grew up in Adelaide’s outer northern suburbs, and completed a year of his tertiary education at the University of California, Davis. His musical education has been as varied as his choice of homes, starting out as a guitarist before moving to more formal training as a classical pianist, playing clarinet and saxophone in a marching band, traditional compositional training and finally shifting into music technology.
This broad base of musical experience is reflected in a curious, experimental and genre defying compositional output linked together by a love of storytelling and sense of irreverence for existing forms. He works fairly extensively with electronic music techniques, such as remixing and “glitch” techniques. From a performance perspective, there is always a focus on collaborative, open approaches to composition that stress the importance of performers’ creative input in musical expression.  More...

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