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, February 11 2016 8:00 PM
8:15pm: Toaster (guitars and drones)
8:45pm: Thea Farhadian (solo violin)
9:30pm: Donald Swearingen (electronics)

Toaster is a one person project from San Jose, who delves into electronic music, drones, and whatever else takes his fancy.

Thea Farhadian is a performer/composer based in San Francisco Bay Area and Berlin. Her projects include solo violin and interactive electronics, acoustic improvisation, solo laptop, radio art, and video. Her solo pieces for violin and electronics combine a classical music background with extended technique and digital processing using the program Max/MSP.

Donald Swearingen is an Oakland, California-based composer, performer, multimedia artist, and designer of interactive performance systems and installations. For the past 20 years, his work has revolved around the use of movement and gesture as the source of media control in an expanded, computer-assisted performance environment, leading to the design custom instruments and software for both himself and other artists, including Pamela Z, Miya Masaoka, Guillermo Galindo, Todd Shalom, and Thea Farhadian


Thursday, February 18 2016 8:00 PM
8:10 Christine Richers - cello/electronics
8:30 Leland Vandermeulen - guitar/electronics
9:20 Tristan Norton - guitar  More...

Thursday, February 25 2016 8:00 PM
Arrington de Dionyso - voice/bass clarinet/invented winds
China Star - soprano saxophone/invented winds
+ Guests John McCowan - clarinets, Christina Stanley - violin, Rent Romus - saxophones/flutes

Arrington de Dionyso conjures Utopic Spaces with multiphonic vocal work & minimalist instrumentation. It's shamanic seance meets rock and roll ecstasy; “TRANCE PUNK” combining traditional ritual trance, electrified experimental approaches, dancehall rhythms, gamelan scales and mystically inspired Indonesian incantations. Shocking and hallucinatory, MALAIKAT DAN SINGA always aims to channel Spirit.

"Old Time Relijun's front-man channels true folk sounds thru bass clarinet, snare drum, shruti box, and multiphonic voice. Arrington de Dionyso's grand textural experiments are inspired by Indian classical music, Tuvan throat-singing, and free jazz."
- Free Music Archive  More...

Thursday, March 3 2016 8:00 PM
8pm Jeffrey Alexander Trio
Jeffrey Alexander - various instruments & electronics, Arjun Boehner Mangelwurzel - violin, Aaron Levin - drums
9pm Marshall/Allen/Spirit feat. Max Johnson
Max Johnston - bass, Joshua Allen - tenor saxophone, Spirit - drums, Joshua Marshall - tenor saxophone

After following the Grateful Dead as a taper for many years in the 80s, Jeffrey settled into a Baltimore warehouse and started making music. There, he helped launch the acid-folk revival of the 90s with The Iditarod (1996-2003), as chronicled in the book Seasons They Change, The Story Of Acid And Psychedelic Folk (Genuine Jawbone Books). His next group, Black Forest/Black Sea (2003-2010) - based in Providence RI - pushed the boundaries of experimental folk, touring heavily. Jeffrey also founded the heavy, free-rock group Dire Wolves (2009-present) and has also toured as a member of Avarus, Fursaxa, Es, as well as multiple collaborations with Tom Rapp/Pearls Before Swine, Manbeard, Kemialliset Ystavat, and Christina Carter. As former label owner of Magic Eye Singles and Secret Eye Records, he published 70+ titles and has curated several international music festivals such as Terrastock. Next stop - the backwaters of western Pennsylvania where he opened an espresso bar cafe, renovated crust-belt houses and drove a produce truck for a lovely gang of scrappy Amish farmers. Jeffrey is currently living in San Francisco where he plays in Jackie-O Motherfucker and hosts a weekly free-form radio show.

Max Johnson is a bassist, composer and bandleader based in New York City. Growing up in Hoboken, New Jersey, Johnson learned about music at an early age from his father, Glenn Johnson, drummer/composer of the band Leisure Class. At age 13, Max took up the electric bass, and after performing with local bands in Montclair, NJ, he joined the School of Rock in 2004, where he had the incredible opportunity to tour internationally and perform with Jon Anderson, John Wetton, the Butthole Surfers, Adrian Belew, Vernon Reid, Andrew W.K., Ronnie Spector, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter and a long list of others. Johnson then attended the New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music in 2008, where he studied bass with masters Henry Grimes, Mark Helias, Reggie Workman, Cameron Brown & Marji Danilow; and composition with Jane Ira Bloom, Tim Berne & Bill Kirchner. While studying there, he began performing professionally in New York City, building a name for himself as a bassist and bandleader in the improvised music world, and a first call bass player in the bluegrass scene.  More...

Thursday, March 10 2016 8:00 PM
8pm Darren Johnston/Rent Romus Duo
9pm Nathan Clevenger's Elective Infinities
Sarah Zaharako-violin
Aram Shelton-alto sax, clarinet
Eric Perney-bass
Britt Ciampa-drums, percussion
Nathan Clevenger-compositions, guitar

Composer/guitarist Nathan Clevenger was born in Oakland, California, and has been obsessed with music from the moment he was able to reach the keyboard of his parents’ piano. Since 2003, Nathan’s main musical outlet has been the cryptically-titled Nathan Clevenger Group.
"Have you ever gotten a foreign film that maybe you weren’t sure about, but then it ripped your face off, and it was the coolest thing you ever saw, and it somehow synthesized straight-up literary frumpiness with avant-gardeness and unexpected twists and you were at the edge of your seat the whole time but then, afterwards, you couldn’t find anyone else who had ever heard of it? That’s pretty much what their music is like." – Rick Stinson, The Little Black Egg

Since settling in San Francisco in 1997, Canada-born trumpeter/composer/songwriter Darren Johnston has collaborated and recorded with an extremely diverse cross-section of artists. His interests rotate around composing instrumental music, writing songs, and performing all styles of jazz, experimental and purely improvised music, as well as traditional music of the Balkans, Greece, Macedonia, Turkey, and the Arab world. These interests have coalesced into his primary ensemble of late, Darren Johnston’s Broken Shadows. He has performed and/or recorded with luminaries such as Fred Frith, ROVA Sax Quartet, Myra Melford, Ben Goldberg, Matt Wilson, Mark Dresser, Marshall Allen, Marcus Shelby, and others.  More...

Thursday, March 31 2016 8:00 PM
8:15 PM Jake Rosenzweig - double bass
8:50 PM Garrett Hickman - trumpet
9:25 PM Glenn/Dunkelman
Jordan Glenn - drums, Nava Dunkelman - percussion  More...

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