Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Luggage Store Creative Music Series
1007 Market Street
San Francisco California   
(415) 255-5971

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 and California, 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 improviser/composer Rent Romus. 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 professionals in the community who volunteer their time. 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, June 21 2018 8:00 PM
8:00 pm Braids (Devin Smith, Robert Woods-LaDue)
9:00 pm Ian Hawk's Failings with Agnes Szelag, Aaron Oppenheim, Scott Siler

Ian Hawk is a Portland OR based artist primarily working in the field of drone and repetitive rock music. His primary group Failings, originally started as a solo project, has since become a collaborative effort involving a multitude of musicians and performers, including Greg Fox (Liturgy, Z’s, Guardian Alien.) and Garek Druss (Saint Genet, Tecumseh, A Story of Rats.) Recently the group released a split LP with Amps for Christ on Insulin Addicted Records. Additional collaborations include bass guitar in Tecumseh (2005-2015), a guitar-based drone group with releases on Important, Beta Lactam-Ring, and Black Horizons, and guitar/synth in Grey Eyes, a long distance collaboration with David Fogg.

Braids is an improvised project by Devin Smith, Robert Woods-LaDue, and others. This project is relatively new and still evolving. We're primarily interested in exploring states of tension and stasis, and take inspiration from filmic techniques.

Thursday, June 28 2018 8:00 PM
Sunken Cathedral:
Founded in 2011, Sunken Cathedral perform long form compositions deeply rooted in west coast minimalism, musique concrete, and impressionism. The current live ensemble is comprised of Ryan Jobes (Night Worship), Kelly Ann Nelson (Fever Witch), and Jake Johnson performing with use of a variety of analog, modular, and digital synthesizers.

Swells of sound and silence using vocalization and biometric data in tandem with analog sound manipulation. Their work is liminal in nature, improvised with the intentionality of body and electronics to function as a channel. sia/wealth-1

Kole Galbraith:
Deep drones exploring the flexibility and viability of rock and roll-based instruments'--primarily bass guitar--revolutionary aspects in a variety of contexts and settings braith/i-1  More...

Thursday, July 5 2018 8:00 PM
8:00 pm Pinbokeh Trio
Nathan Chamberlain - guitar, Josiah Branaman - bass, and Paul Sakai - drums
9:00 pm Jess Rowland - cell phones and other telepresenceses
"Telepresents", or : Out-of-control Cellphone Feedback; Gender Spam; Collective Bot Unconscious Revealed!

Pinbokeh is a trio based out of Oakland, CA that explores lush textures and soundscapes. A collection of unmetered rhythms and stretched out harmonic patterns create pieces that are reminiscent of the Nels Cline Singers with the still ambiance of Ryuichi Sakamoto and Grouper. With each member of the group coming from rock, jazz, and contemporary classical backgrounds, Pinbokeh’s music renders varied influences and forms into their work.

Jess Rowland is a sound artist, musician, and composer, and a 2018-20 Princeton Arts Fellow. Much of her work explores the relationship between technologies and popular culture, continually aiming to reconcile the world of art and the world of science. At UC Berkeley, she developed techniques for embedded sound and flexible sJess Rowlandpeaker arrays. Her research includes music perception, auditory neurosciences, and music technologies. In addition to an active art practice, she has taught Sound Art at The School of Visual Arts in New York and continues to present her work internationally. Recent installations and performances include the New York Electronic Arts Festival, Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, Berkeley Art Museum, and Spectrum NYC.


Thursday, July 19 2018 8:00 PM
8:15 pm Chamberlain Zhang
8:50 pm Cruel Diagonals - Megan Mitchell
9:30 pm rEEk

Cruel Diagonals is an outlet for destructive sample processing, vocal exploration, and a palette for inter-media contemplations and applications. Selected performance credits to date include sets at Corridor Festival and Debacle Festival, as well as a live set opener for Pharmakon and Pod Blotz, and DJ sets for Holly Herndon, Shifted, and Elysia Crampton. Influenced by early experimental filmmakers such as Luis Buñuel and Maya Deren, Cruel Diagonals has been described in cinematic terms, evoking moods and montages of an eerie, surrealist timbre. Warped field recordings and layered vocals incite a beckoning to a phantasmagorical, metallic-tinged state of existence.

rEEk is a Seattle based electronic musician and instrumentalist; performances are often a synthesis of harsh ebm / power electronics, field recordings and improvised rhythms. This tour showcases work exploring the clarinet as sonic medium: electroacoustic free improv and caustic drones in a fit of haphazard uncertainty.

Chamberlain Zhan is a Chinese electronic musician, dj, improviser, poet and sound artist.
Coming from a background of experimental techno dj, he tells stories by manipulating sounds while performing and composing.
He is interested in exploring new possibilities in sounds, and new ways to experience sounds: music through sonic meditation, improvisation, composition, installation, electro- acoustic, and collaboration. For Chamberlain, space and future inspires drive and creativity.
Chamberlain’s music and poetry are highly based on the idea of transcendence, using sounds to describe things that are larger, approaching something, leaving something, being mentally affected by something, imagining and creating those and other scenarios. He explores sounds integrated with movement and spatiality, producing sonic architecture that remains.

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