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, March 5 2015 8:00 PM
8pm Laurie Buenafe Krsmanovic - solo ambient drone
9pm Alan Ishii - solo loop voice

Laurie plays with Eurostache, Return of Uncle Ted's Photos, Whatuke, and ZuZed. Current projects include sound design with women's theater artists.

Alan Ishii is a pianist, singer, composer, producer, arranger and Los Angeles native and local. Having recently graduated summa cum laude from California State University Los Angeles with a Bachelor's of Music in Commercial Music Technology, Alan's body of work runs the gamut from solo piano Jazz shows to Classical compositions, to electronic dance music to avant-garde vocal pieces, and gladly towards which ever musical horizons call. In November 2013, Alan's work was featured in Zodiac: Across The Universe, a ten-city tour across China by the famed and internationally acclaimed piano-violin-clarinet chamber ensemble, The Zodiac Trio. Whatever the medium or genre being explored, a fascination with Jazz improvisation and a deeply rooted foundation in Austro-Germanic post-Romantic harmony consistently ground Alan's musical adventures.  More...

Thursday, March 12 2015 8:00 PM
8pm: Jorge Bachman - microcosmic sounds
9pm: Paul Stapleton (Bonsai Sound Sculpture) & Rachel Austin (Voice)

Multi-disciplinary, mixed-media and sound artist. Since the early eighties,he has been exploring the strange, unique and microcosmic sounds of everyday life, collecting field recordings. The sound atmospheres created are meant for deep listening and are composed in symbiosis with the sculptural installations. He creates equally sensual and detailed oriented photo-based work. His art explores social and sensual constructs and experiences.

Paul Stapleton is an improviser, sound artist, inventor and writer originally from Southern California, currently based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He designs and performs with a variety of modular metallic sound sculptures, custom made electronics, found objects and electric guitars in locations ranging from experimental music clubs in Berlin to remote beaches on Vancouver Island. Since 2007, he has been lecturing at the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC), where he teaches and supervise MA & PhD research in performance technologies, interaction design and site-specific art. His recent album ‘FAUNA’ with saxophonist Simon Rose has received acclaim from music critics such as Ken Waxman (Jazzword), Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg (Orynx), Mark Corroto (All About Jazz), Marc Medwin (New York City Jazz Record) and others.

Rachel Austin loves finding the links between sound and narrative, the abstract sounds we hear so much in improvisation and the words that lace my head when filled with sound. An extended vocalist, songwriter and experimental electronic composer, she has toured and recorded throughout Europe and the US. Originally from the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, she taught voice and performance at the Sonic Arts Research Centre at my second home in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Having performed in flamenco jazz, free jazz and free improv, punk, choral, folk, electronic and rock outfits, my improv rips sounds from across these boundaries. Now living in Oakland, California and studying electronic composition at Mills College, her work has generally taken on a more sublime bent with impulses toward narrative, noise and computer interventions. She has been featured in multiple publications and radio programs, including BBC Radio 1 (London), BBC Radio 4 (London), the Irish Times (Dublin), the Sunday World (London), Radio Libertaire (France), and other places as a songwriter.  More...

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: Tentatively Booked
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 + TBA

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 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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