Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community


Luggage Store New Music Series

Outsound co-Presents @ The Luggage Store Gallery
San Francisco California 94103 USA  

The LSG New 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 New 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 $6-10 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, September 4 2014 8:00 PM
8:00pm Stobbe/Torres/Braziel
Scott Stobbe guitar/percussion, Elizabeth Torres sax0phones, Scott Braziel Keyboards
9:00pm Flowtilla w/ Special guest Ralph Carney
Len Paterson - guitar/electronics, Randy Odell - drums , Ralph Carney - reeds, Ellen Schoenwetter - bass

"... Life in Akron Ohio in the 60's was typical midwestern, you know, regular barber, crewcut, army men, a bunch of friends on the block, we pretended we were Zorro, Batman, Vikings, etc. The usual dramas of friendship and betrayal. Kennedy, frisbee, superballs, etc. I was into wind up record players and derbies and old magazines. I felt the ghosts and now I know about past life stuff. Older brother and sister, dad who worked on polyester research, mom who smoked Carletons and had a creative imagination. I drew cartoons and stuff. 7th grade was the worst; but I grew my hair out a bit. Art class was my favorite. In love with lots of girls, only they didn't know. 8th grade -- ZOING!! Puberty hits and obsession with being a musician, started on a 5 string banjo. Bluegrass, country blues, Beatles (still). Banjo, violin (fiddle), harmonica. Then at 15 I took up saxophone, JAZZ JAZZ JAZZ. Mostly Blue Note, Rahsaan, Coltrane. Self taught. Worked in a cool mall record store. Graduated high school, joined "Tin Huey" older guys from different high school. Into Iggy and German rock, Faust, Can, etc. Played 3 nites a week in a basement. Also worked with Alan Myers of "Devo" playing out jazz. 1 year of college in Kent Ohio, went to see a lot of music. Jazz gigs in Cle. Sun Ra. Weather Report. Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Yuseff Lateif." - Ralph Carney

Flowtilla is a San Francisco Bay Area based trio formed in 2000 by guitarist Len Paterson, and bassist Ellen Schoenwetter. Flowtilla's music has been used on cable t.v shows as well as commercial cues. These include A&E Biography specials on Stevie Wonder, Billy Crystal and Kirstie Alley, HBO's Real Sex, Gene Simmons Family Jewels and Emeril Green's "Green Planet."
Flowtilla's music has been used on cable t.v shows as well as commercial cues. These include A&E Biography specials on Stevie Wonder, Billy Crystal and Kirstie Alley, HBO's Real Sex, Gene Simmons Family Jewels and Emeril Green's "Green Planet."  More...

Thursday, September 18 2014 8:00 PM
8pm Matt Herman - solo live-looped customized guitar
9pm John McCowen - clarinet

Matt Herman has logged over twenty years on the electric guitar, and has employed live looping techniques since 2001. Incorporating seemingly disparate influences, the end product somewhat resembles a melange of early-'70s ambient math-rock, classical and extreme metal as if it were performed in an intimate jazz bar.
Through customizations and minimal (relatively speaking) electronics, and having spent years also playing the Chapman Stick, his guitar setup has increasingly taken on the role of an extended range instrument. This yields a deeper bass range that still extends through a normal guitar's upper range, augmented with layers of (set up completely live) loops.
In his current project Storm Door (, with singer/keyboardist May van Oskan, the music resembles a vivid spacedream; with drummer Chris Taylor (, minimalist-reductionist metal; and in a solo setting (, contemplative ambiance.  More...

Thursday, September 25 2014 8:00 PM
8:00pm Conan the Barbiturate
Returns to battle once again!
9:00pm Holly Caust (Alee Karim: Guitar & The Norman Conquest: Electronics)  More...

Thursday, October 2 2014 8:00 PM
Synthesizer Madness: 3 sets of synthesizer music  More...

Thursday, October 9 2014 8:00 PM
8:00pm TBA
9:00pm Viv Corringham - voice
Jennifer Wilsey: percussion, Tom Bickley: woodwinds, laptop, Nancy Beckman: shakuhachi
Joe Lasqo - laptop, Suki O'Kane - percussion

Viv Corringham is a British vocalist, composer and sound artist, currently based in New York, USA, who has worked internationally since the early 1980s. Her work includes music performances, audio installations and soundwalks. She is interested in exploring people's special relationship with familiar places and how that links to an interior landscape of personal history, memory and association. Her ongoing project Shadow-walks has been presented in gallery shows from New York to Istanbul to Hong Kong.  More...

Thursday, October 16 2014 8:00 PM
8:00pm Jakob Pek
8:40pm Laurie Amat
9:20pm Red Thread
Collette McCaslin - trumpet, Laurie Amat - voice

Laurie Amat is an acclaimed vocalist, improvisational performer, experimental composer and teacher. Her approach to singing is informed by broad experience including pop, rock, traditional and inventive opera, spoken word, video, dance, theatre and performance art.
Ms. Amat's talent for inspiring upcoming vocalists and other artists stems from her focus on the power of the voice as an instrument to convey a pure expression of direct human emotions and story through technique, raw talent and experimentation.
She has performed pure-voice, site-specific resonant space pieces internationally in such traditional venues as concert halls, museums and galleries, cathedrals and alternative spaces including castles, bunkers, cisterns, rivers and concrete overpasses. She is also well known for her solo and collaborative performances throughout Europe, including projects with The Residents, Czech scholar/keyboardist Mirek Vodražka and the Sad Song Singers (Deutsch Nepal and Der Blutarsch).

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...

Jakob Pek is a musical artist based on the west coast of North America. A multi-instrumentalist, improviser, composer, and poet; a son, brother, lover, grandchild, and friend; born in B.C., Canada, raised in Las Vegas, NV, and based in Oakland, CA.
Jakob’s deepest musical influences come from diverse realms of the musical world. On the one hand, the great finger-style guitarists of the last century have deeply inspired and guided his musical direction (Lenny Breau, Ted Green). On the other, musical artists who have pushed to the frontiers of musical exploration—the outer limits of musical perception—have also had a profound impact on Jakob’s musical life (Pauline Oliveros, Karlheinz Stockhausen).  More...

Thursday, October 23 2014 8:00 PM
8pm Ricardo D'Orlando
9pm Ear Spray
Carlos Jennings – electronics Ann O’Rourke – vocals, effects/mixer
Mark Pino – percussionist

Ricardo D'Orlando aka Richard Orlando played guitar and synthesizers with Alien Planetscapes from 1993-2006. The group, led by Doug Walker, played Space Rock, Free Jazz, and Electronic Music, and released recordings on Galactus performing throughout the United States. In 2000, Ricardo began releasing solo music and performing live under the name "Ethereal", until recently under Ricardo D'Orlando. His music currently features analog synthesizers, sound effects, sequencers, and guitar.

Ear Spray is a group of synthesizing electronics, acoustic percussion, voice and videos into dynamic and strange aural landscapes and improvisations. Ear Spray started four years ago when Carlos Jennings and Ann O’Rourke met at the Luggage Store Gallery’s (San Francisco, CA) weekly avant garde/experimental music series. Mark Pino joined the group in early 2013.  More...

Thursday, October 30 2014 8:00 PM
8pm VR Quartet Duo
John Vaughn- soprano/alto/tenor saxophones/electronics, Rent Romus - soprano/alto/c-melody saxophones/electronics
9pm Transient: Molina/Ackamoor
David Molina: classical and electric guitar, cello, autoharp, burmese harp, ukeline, bells, hand drum, flutes, spring machine, music boxes, Waterphone, and electronics.

Idris Ackamoor: Alto sax, Invented Cymbal tree and Chinese gongs. Invented Battery of instruments played simultaneously featuring a medium calypso box and a bass calypso box from Jamaica, a Russian hand painted zither, and a Mbira from Zimbabwe. Various percussions featuring Jamaican conch shell, sleigh bells, semsemia Egyptian harp, South African pan flute, nose flutes, musical spoons, train whistle, didgeridoo, New Orleans “musical washboard”, and harmonica. Invented “Ope” (a bamboo instrument with saxophone mouthpiece), various self – made bamboo flutes. Various small African balaphones and Cajon drum box.

Transient is David Molina's solo and collaborative electro-acoustic and sound art project. It's music blends ambient, experimental, minimal, drone music, and field recordings, and is generally improvised on a mixture of traditional acoustic, invented, and found object instruments. Using modern technology, Molina creates sparse to dense layers which can range from hauntingly beautiful and meditative, to dark and unnerving soundscapes. For this installment Transient is honored to have esteemed teacher and legendary founder of The Pyramids, Idris Ackamoor. His collection of African/Asian instruments, and alto saxophone will take Transient into new unknown territory.

DAVID MOLINA: is an award winning composer, multi-instrumentalist, sound artist/designer and recording engineer. He has created music and sound for theatre, video, film, dance, performance art, radio, television, installation, and multimedia productions for the past 18 years. Recently he has been inventing and building instruments from salvaged materials, which become part of interactive, multimedia installations displayed at galleries and festivals, including a solo exhibit Transience: The Work of David Molina, at Asterisk Gallery SF (2013,) He has worked with numerous bay area theatre companies, performing arts venues, educational institutions, museums, and with several regional companies and organizations throughout the U.S., and has performed and had his music featured internationally. He is a founding member of the interdisciplinary troupe Secos Y Mojados (2009 Creative Capital grantees).
His musc and bands: Ghosts and Strings, Transient, Earthlike, and Impuritan are available on Resting Bell (Berlin,) Dorog Records (Peru,) Black Note Music (USA,) Distant Spore (USA,) or through his own D.I.Y. releases.

IDRIS ACKAMOOR is an alto saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, actor, tap dancer, producer, administrator, and director. He is the Founder, Executive/Co-Artistic Director of the internationally recognized multi-disciplinary San Francisco performance company Cultural Odyssey. Idris is also the Artistic Director of the legendary world music/jazz ensemble THE PYRAMIDS. Mr. Ackamoor has been honored with TWO ―Lifetime Achievement Awards for his extraordinary musical and theatrical contributions. The most recent was presented in January 2012 by the renowned BBC radio personality Gilles Peterson at the Worldwide Awards Show in London. In 2003 San Francisco‘s historic magazine, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, presented Idris with his first. In 2013 Mr. Ackamoor received a James Irvine Foundation Exploring Engagement Fund Award to conduct concerts and music workshops to build the Music is the Healing Force Community Orchestra composed of a diverse array of multicultural and low-income participants culminating in concert presentations in nontraditional arts venues in San Francisco. Idris has rightfully been in the spotlight of late thanks to the renewed interest in his 1970's legendary band, THE PYRAMIDS which he re – united and since 2010 has conducted an amazing seven whirlwind European tours throughout the continent! In the last three years a stunning 12 albums have been released of Mr. Ackamoor‘s music, including the first Pyramids’ album in over 35 years entitled Otherworldly. In addition, a 3 CD box set was released entitled The Pyramids 1972 – 1976 – They Play to Make Music Fire. In 2004 Idris released his third CD, Homage to Cuba. In 1999 Idris released his second jazz CD entitled, Centurian and in 1998 he recorded and released his first CD, Portrait. Idris has received an Individual Artists Award from the San Francisco Cultural Equity Program to compose for the next PYRAMIDS’ album.

John Vaughn is a founding member of COMA. He is currently involved in a recording project with COMA and playing with as many creative people as possible. He has performed in groups ranging from concert and jazz bands, pit orchestras to improvisations groups of all types. He is often playing in Sacramento with the Gambari Arts Ensemble led by Adam Jenkins or at Old Ironsides with Ross Hammond and Tony Passerell. John is focused on making the central Valley of California into a friendly place for improvising and experimental musicians.
Rent Romus is a multi-saxophonist, composer, and presenter for over twenty years. Focused on D.I.Y. music production, performance, and curation, he is heavily involved in stretching past the confines of standard music forms performing his original compositions and improvisations in a wide variety of musical settings. He is also involved in presenting and supporting the local experimental, original jazz, and avant-garde community at large with his grass-root philanthropic vision for total artistic self expression and freedom from generic branding.  More...

Thursday, January 8 2015 8:00 PM
8pm TBA
9pm Ross Hammond/Max Johnson  More...