Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community


Luggage Store Creative Music Series @ 509 Cultural Center

509 Ellis 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, September 3 2015 8:00 PM
8pm Logan Hone/Greg Uhlmann Duo
9pm Shadow Revolutions (Sharkiface & Fletcher Pratt)
Duo of Sharkiface and Fletcher Pratt doing noisy horror soundtracks and ghostly chopped n screwed remix jams.

Logan Hone is a saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and improviser based in Los Angeles. By incorporating intricate composition, folk-like melodies, open structure improvisation, and nonstandard instrumentations, Logan aims to blur the boundaries between composition, improvisation, jazz, noise, and indie rock. He is a member of Bright Whistles, Logan Hone’s Similar Fashion, FunCoffin (with Christian Asplund), Ice People, and Deesert Magic. Logan holds a degree in Jazz Performance from California Institute of the Arts.

Gregory Uhlmann is a Los Angeles-based composer, songwriter, guitarist, and graduate of the California Institute of the Arts. Active in a breadth of styles as a guitarist and composer Uhlmann is a founding member of several genre-stretching groups including the rock band, Fell Runner as well the improvising chamber ensemble, River Song Quintet. As a guitarist Uhlmann is a member of many bands including, Joe Labarbera's Global Community Quartet, Andy Clausen's SHUTTER, The Michael Mull Octet, Trevor Anderies' Quartet, Logan Hone's Similar Fashion, and many more..  More...

Thursday, September 10 2015 8:00 PM
8pm: Tim DeCillis - Percussion
Hamir Atwal - Percussion
Alex Cohen - Guitar
9pm: Ori Barel - electronics

Tim DeCillis was born and raised in Rochester, NY, and holds a Bachelor's Degree in music performance from the State University of New York at Fredonia, where he studied classical percussion, jazz drum set and vibraphone, mallet music of Central America, and West African drumming and gyil. From there he went on to earn a Master's Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he also worked as a part time instructor, teaching lecture courses and private lessons. After that Tim made a name for himself playing music in Chicago, where he performed with, among others, Frank Rosaly, Nu Directions Chamber Brass, the Jarvis Raymond Trio, Lionel O, and Project Film. Since relocating to Oakland in 2014 he has begun to forge working relationships with many members of the vibrant Bay Area music scene, including Ryan Pate, Crystal Pascucci, Eli Wallace, Mark Clifford, and Jonah Udall, and explores his compositions as the leader of the group Harbinger, featuring Safa Shokrai, Theo Padouvas, Cory Wright, and Alex Cohen.

Hamir Atwal is an up-and-coming American drummer/composer based near Berkeley, CA. He is a Berklee College of Music graduate who has taught at Music Academy International, Stanford University, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the JazzSchool, CSU-Stanislaus, and Santa Rosa Junior College. Hamir is an active endorser of DREAM Cymbals. He has performed with such acts as the Glimpse Trio, tUneyArDs, Michael Coleman, the Ben Goldberg School, and was a part of his own percussion group entitled CavityFang. He has played in such notable venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, the Village Vanguard, Nancy Jazz Pulsations, and the Monterey Jazz Festival. He can regularly be heard throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Ori Barel's music explores various fields including electronic music, chamber music, works for solo instruments and electronics and orchestral music. His chamber music has been performed by The Formalist Quartet, Kobayachi Trio and The Ear Unit in venues such as MOSA series (New York), Redcat Lounge (Los Angeles), Ballhaus (Berlin), Santandler Festival (Spain) and Beyond Baroque (Los Angeles). He has performed his electronic pieces at various venues and festivals including: ICMC, Redcat, Soundwalk Festival, Center For New Music (San Francisco), Cemec Festival in Stanford University,  More...

Thursday, September 17 2015 8:00 PM
8:00pm Perfect Center (From LA): Lucas Gorham - Guitar
9:00pm Chris Corsano - solo drums

8:00pm Perfect Center is Lucas Gorham. It is music that uses lap steel guitar, electric guitar, electronics and vocals. Lucas is based in Los Angeles, CA but has relocated from Houston, TX.

First spellbound by freely improvised music in the mid-1990s after witnessing performances by TEST, William Parker, Cecil Taylor, and others, Chris Corsano began a long-standing, high-energy partnership with Paul Flaherty in 1998. A move from western Massachusetts to the UK in 2005 led Corsano to focus on his solo music, incorporating sax reeds, violin strings and bows, contact microphones and electronics, and everyday household items into his drum kit. In February 2006 he released his first solo recording, The Young Cricketer, and toured extensively throughout Europe, USA, and Japan. He spent 2007 and '08 as the drummer on Björk's Volta world tour, all the while weaving in shows and recordings on his days off with the likes of Evan Parker, Virginia Genta, and C. Spencer Yeh. Moving back to the U.S. in 2009, Corsano returned focus to his own projects, including solo work, duos with Michael Flower, Joe McPhee, Nate Wooley, and Mette Rasmussen and the trio Rangda with Richard Bishop and Ben Chasny.

Thursday, September 24 2015 8:00 PM
8:00pm Adam Hirsch - solo alto saxophone/voice/electronics
8:45pm Scott Cazan - electronics (Los Angeles)
9:30pm Carmina Escobar - voice/electronics (Los Angeles)  More...

Thursday, October 1 2015 8:00 PM
NorCal Noise Fest in San Francisco
8:15pm THIRTEEN HURTS (Colorado)
8:40pm KOMPRIPIOTR (Italy)
9:10pm X-BAX (Long Beach,CA)
9:35pm CHESTNUT (Los Angeles)

NorCal Noise Fest teams up with Outsound to present a night of touring noise artists

THIRTEEN HURTS (pleasant view,CO)
Thirteen Hurts is an experimental noise project that utilizes modified guitar pedals and handmade sound source devices to create a harsh noise soundscape.
The earliest experimental recordings occurred in 1977, with sporadic experimental output burbling beneath the surface of efforts to create "normal" music. Years of performing and recording within the Rock and Progressive genres, it was not until 1999 and the formation of subcutaneous studios that the first full recording of experimental music took place, with exclusive usage of a Serge Modular. The following years led to soundtracks for both a documentary on the Lamborghini Miura and an independent film titled Medium Gray. This was followed by years of dormancy which eventually led to the development of the Thirteen Hurts/13Hz concept and new recordings with live performances. The live shows focus on a performance of three individual pieces, giving the audience a wide spectrum sampling of what the sound of Thirteen Hurts represents. This will be the 4th appearance of Thirteen Hurts at the Norcal Noisefest.

In the early 90s KOMPRIPIOTR started working with electronic soundexperiments and has since then covered the whole spectrum between sound art, actionism and noise. His diverse and unconventional performances and installations resemble a dialogue with the unpredictable and combine so-called “sound accidents” with improvisation and spontaneity, aleatoric in generally. KOMPRIPIOTR aims at composing and deconstructing on multiple levels. Most of his concept-based radical expression forms are performances/actions with the focus on noise. Never knowing what is expecting us. For shure a strong impact nest in his abstract/extreme works. This will be his first appearance at NF.

X-BAX (los angeles)
X-Bax is the (mostly) solo experimental project of Phil Dole. Phil is primarily know as a member of the Chicago-based power-ambient group Chord, whose structured one-note-per-player approach has produced several excellent albums that explore various aspects of tone and texture, discarding superfluous concepts such as melody and harmony. This will be Phil's first time to Norcal Noisefest.

CHESTNUT (los angeles)
Based in Los Angeles, Chestnut, a sound duo comprised of Daniel Watkins and Christina Santa Cruz, traverses between sparse traditionalism, and avant experimentation. Their fixation of deconstruction of medium often extends to the very instruments themselves.
They are named after a horse that doesn't exist.
This will be their first NF appearance.  More...

Thursday, October 22 2015 8:00 PM
The Experimental Side of the Y2k15 Live Looping Festival  More...

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