Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Luggage Store Creative Music Series
1007 Market Street
San Francisco California   

Thursdays 8-10pm
Admission $6-15 sliding scale
All ages welcome, no one refused for lack of funds.

The LSG Creative Music Series is the longest standing experimental music series in the Bay Area, with weekly Thursday night shows since 1991. The venue aims to be a welcoming, inclusive space for musicians of all backgrounds and levels - from artists trying a new project in public for the first time to well-known international acts. Founded by LSG Gallery Directors Laurie Lazer and Darryl Smith, the series has been curated by several Bay Area musicians. Since 2002 it's 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.

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.

The majority of our booking occurs when an artist contacts us. 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.

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 toward rental of the space. 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. We will not book acts that would endanger the series for future artists 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
We have a simple PA (mixer and 2 speakers, 2 mic stands, 2 mics), as well as tables and power strips. If you plan to use the PA, please bring the cables you would need to plug in. We can take mono 1/4" cables or XLR.
With enough notice, we may be able to secure a video projection surface. Max Capacity 75 (standing room)
We Do Not Have
Piano, projector, green room
We Cannot Provide
We cannot provide a guaranteed payment minimum, hotel accommodations, transportation, rehearsal space/time, or a dedicated sound person. (We will set up the PA and help you sound check, but if you need someone to stand in different parts of the room and set custom EQ, then it's a good idea to bring your own person.)

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 risky - 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

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

Upcoming Events:
Thursday, January 25 2018 8:00 PM
8pm: Sarkamere (Josh Marshall - sax, Matt Chandler - bass, Daniel Pearce - drums)
9pm: Lenny Gonzalez - baritone electric guitar, Kevin Thomson - electric guitar, Erik Ellestad - clarinet/saxophone

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, Rent Romus' Life's Blood Ensemble, 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.

This is Lenny Gonzalez’s first outing as a musician. Known primarily as a photographer and video maker, he has maintained a regular weekly free improv practice with Kevin Thomson(Enablers) for the better part of 3 years. At Doors That Only Open In Silence, a monthly series of improvisation research hosted held at Temescal Arts Cente, he met Erik Ellestad June of 2017.  More...

Thursday, February 1 2018 8:00 PM
8:00 pm Thoabath - electronic noise
9:00 pm Ami Sandoz
exploratory improvisation that spans classical, experimental and electronic sound worlds.

Ben Robison formed Ami Sandoz in 2017 to explore new approaches to the violin and live performance. He is a musician and designer who lives in the Bay Area. Ami Sandoz aspires to live composition that reflects the world where analog and digital collide. Each performance is a personal and unscripted journey.
Ben is a MacArthur Digital Media and Learning award winner with a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University, music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Peabody Conservatory, and an MD from Stanford University.

Thoabath a.k.a. A.C. Way is an electronic noise musician whose projects include French Radio, NF Orchest, Maleficia, Carrion, Riqis, Rostro Negro, Canis Lupus and Sutekh Hexen, among his solo works.

Thursday, February 8 2018 8:00 PM
8:00 pm Ken Field (sopranino sax/flute) & Amy X Neuburg (voice/percussion/electronics): Improvisations
9:00 pm Walton/Perkis/Ingalls/Djll
Scott Walton, bass, Tim Perkis, electronics, Matt Ingalls, clarinets, Tom Djll, trumpet and electronics

Boston-based saxophonist & composer Ken Field (Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, Sesame St) is making a rare visit to the Bay Area. He'll be passing thru on his way home from a month in Australia, where he led a 100-piece second line brass band at two music festivals.
Amy X Neuburg (Oakland, CA) is known for her innovative use of live looping with electronic percussion and for her irreverently genre-crossing works for voice, live electronics, and chamber ensembles over several decades.
The two met while on a composing grant jury for the American Composers Forum in Minnesota several years ago. This will be their first collaboration.

Comprising four of the most thoughtful and innovative improvising musicians in the Bay Area, this quartet has been honing their sound through regular rehearsals for a number of years, with only a handful of performances. This is a rare opportunity to hear this unique group in action. Synthesizing many of the recent styles of contemporary music into a surprisingly unified and fresh approach to free improvisation, the group creates dynamic and sonically-rich textures, often with rapid changes and always with a touch of humor.
"I'm excited about this group." -T. Perkis.  More...

Thursday, February 15 2018 8:00 PM
8:00 pm Eric Glick-Rieman
9:00 pm T.D. Skatchit & Co
Tom Numm & David Michalak
Skatchart, Skatchboxes, and the Skatch Record
featuring Dean Santomieri- voice
Gino Robair - percussive objects  More...

Thursday, February 22 2018 8:00 PM
8:00pm The Holly Martins
Eric Vogler- guitar, Kasey Knudsen- alto sax, Lorin Benedict- voice
9:00pm Jack Wright with Evan Lipson
Jacob Felix Heule, and Danishta

Described twenty years ago as an "undergrounder by design," Jack Wright is a veteran saxophone improviser based mainly in Philadelphia. He has played mostly on tour through the US and Europe since the early 80s in search of interesting partners and playing situations. Now at 75 he is still the "Johnny Appleseed of Free Improvisation," as guitarist Davey Williams called him in the 80s, on the road as much as ever. He continues to inspire players outside music-school careerdom, playing sessions with visiting and resident players old and new. His partners over the years are mostly unknown to the music press, and too numerous to mention. He's said to have the widest vocabulary of any saxophonist, including leaping pitches, punchy, precise timing, sharp and intrusive multiphonics, surprising gaps of silence, and obscene animalistic sounds. He has had a book published, Jan. 2017, The Free Musics, which is becoming very popular among improvisers. A reviewer for the Washington Post said, "In the rarefied, underground world of experimental free improvisation, saxophonist Jack Wright is king". But for a true assessment listen to the music he and his partners create: Spring Garden Music, for sounds and writings.

Named after the main character in the classic postwar film, The Third Man, The Holly Martins is a trio of Bay Area musicians dedicated to exploring the boundaries of jazz-infused improvised music, but without the trappings of a traditional "rhythm section". This configuration requires each individual to simultaneously take on multiple roles typically assigned individual players (soloist versus accompanist), thereby promoting more open-ended explorations of the material. As to said material, The Holly Martins often construct mutations of normal jazz standards, transformed from their more familiar forms in the time domain. Likewise, their original compositions are often "jazz-like", but with twists and turns such as asymmetric harmonic rhythms, cycling rhythmic and pitch patterns, etc.

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