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, August 4 2016 8:00 PM
8pm Tom Weeks Ero Guro Ensemble
Mike Srouji – Electric Bass, Robert Thompson Pruett – Drums
Harry Gibbons – Drums, Tom Weeks – Alto Saxophone
9pm L.J. Altvater - performing Intrusion: manipulated field recordings

L.J. Altvater is a visual artist who has also been active as a musician and recording artist since his days as drummer with the Columbus, Ohio rock band The Highly Evolved Cosmic Beings. He creates experimental recordings under the name Mission Hypnotic, mostly non-musical in nature, involving layered and manipulated field recordings and randomly triggered sounds. He also produces electronic music under the name Green & Submarine and is the recording engineer, co-writer and producer of the collaborative effort Project Tierra. He has recently presented his work at the 2016 San Francisco Tape Music Festival and the San Francisco Center for New Music.
Intrusion is an experiment in manipulated field recordings. All of the sound sources are environmental sounds recorded in my home; street noises outside my windows, kids running in the hallway, refrigerator, plumbing, neighbors' parties and construction projects, etc.

Tom Weeks is a composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist currently based in Oakland, CA. He has performed and recorded with Makoto Kawabata, Walter Thompson, and progressive rock group 'Perhaps', among many others. His music incorporates influences from the African-American music tradition (especially the music of the members of the AACM), the European avant-garde, and the heavy metal/hardcore traditions.
He will be performing compositions from his upcoming record Blood of The Wolf, with the members of his 'Ero Guro' ensemble

Thursday, August 11 2016 8:00 PM
8:00 PM Clarke Robinson - synthesizer
9:00 PM Andrew Jamieson's Trouble Ensemble
Sharmi Basu - electronics, Mia Bella D'Augelli - violin, Andrew Jamieson - keyboard, Roger Kim - guitar
Tim DeCillis - drums, Joshua Marshall - tenor saxophone Rent Romus - alto saxophone

Clarke Robinson is a Bay Area musician and improviser who has spent the last year exploring the possibilities of the modular synthesizer as a performance instrument. Solo sets are unpredictable, ranging from lush ambience to potent noise, sometimes at the same time.

Trouble Ensemble is dedicated to the tradition of invigorating conversation known as improvised music. With west African-inspired sounds of jazz and gospel music, and new sounds innovated from a tradition of experimentation, players use their own musical voices to share stories and truths.
They present arrangements by pianist, composer and arranger Andrew Jamieson, expanded from his solo album Heard the Voice. This album is itself in dialogue with the tradition of African American spirituals and the voices that emerge in rendering them.  More...

Thursday, August 18 2016 8:00 PM
8pm Jason Lee - lofi-street "Glenn Branca" with small treated guitars and modular synth
9PM Marana Jocund
Will Redmond - electric guitar, Rob Pumpelly - drums
Megan McKearney - visuals

Marana Jocund is a free-hardcore (or 'outrock') guitar and drums duet consisting of Will Redmond (guitar) and drummer/guitarist Rob Pumpelly of Mirthkon. Also eclectic visual artist Megan McKearney will provide psychedelic imagery that synched and scored with the music.  More...

Thursday, August 25 2016 8:00 PM
8pm Skullkrusher
9pm Genre Peak  More...

Thursday, November 3 2016 8:00 PM
8pm Portrait Maker
9pm Marshall/Wallace/Bafus
Joshua Marshall, tenor and soprano sax
Eli Wallace, keyboard
Jon Bafus, drumset

Pianist/composer Eli Wallace, having recently relocated to Brooklyn New York plays in groups ranging from straight-ahead jazz, to indie-rock, to free improvisation, to classical music. Recently he performed a commissioned work at Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY and Oberlin Dance Conservatory, San Francisco, CA with dancer/choreographer Randee Paufve. He was also awarded Honorable Mention after submitting his piece “Influx Rebellion” to the EarShot Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute Readings. His musical education was granted by Lawrence University, Appleton WI, and New England Conservatory, Boston, MA, where he completed a Bachelor’s of Music, and a Master’s of Music, respectively.

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.

Jon Bafus is a Drummer, Percussionist, Band Leader and general creator of things. Born and raised in the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, he now resides in Sacramento as his home base. With interests in both structure and chaos (and the spectrum in between), Bafus has been involved with many musical projects over the years, leaning in one or both of those directions. His main focus lies within his band Gentleman Surfer, which was founded as a solo project in 2006, and has since grown into a fully functioning four man unit. other current projects include a percussion duo with Kevin Corcoran, known as Invasive Species, as well as various collaborations with Sacramento Guitarist Ross Hammond. Past Projects include Afternoon Brother, Sholi, Sol + Jon = Yes, Genetic Makeup, and Good News Bears. Bafus has also taken part in many Improvisational Collaborations with great players such as Carson McWhirter, Nick Reinhart, and Tony Passarell.

Portrait Maker is an improvising chamber ensemble that experiments with time and space. The group combines elements of theater and dance with sublime yet intricately complex music.
Roger Kim is a jazz guitarist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He currently leads the experimental chamber music ensemble, Portrait Maker, in addition to playing in a number of groups and projects ranging from straight-ahead jazz to 50's R&B.
Roger approaches music with the understanding that it is a language. By playing with expectations, rhythm and impulses, tension and release, music bypasses the specificity of words and reaches straight into the human psyche. Shaped by a background in classical form and orchestration, modern compositional techniques, and jazz harmony, Roger's playing, in addition to his compositions and arrangements, ask questions, take journeys, and evoke sentiments.

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