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
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, April 27 2017 8:00 PM
8pm The Shade Asked the Shadow
Lucio Menegon - prepared lap steel, Janie Cowan - bass
9pm McCaslin/Pino Duo
Collette McCaslin - soprano saxophone/trumpet, Mark Pino - drums

Lucio Menegon is a guitarist and sonic artist. His work encompasses melodic composition, avant garde improvisation, ambient soundscape, weird pop, film soundtrack and experimental rock. His style is rooted in primitive Americana and punk, with extended technique and forays into minimalist textural spaces informing a fusion of traditional song structure and abstract modern soundscape.
He has collaborated extensively with a wide range of creative artists including Myshkin Warbler, Danny Frankel, Victoria Williams, Ralph Carney, Spain (Josh Haden), The Adobe Collective, Jofridur Akadottir, Shahzad Ismaily, Tatsuya Nakatani, David Grollman, The Renderers, Richard Lainhart, Kim Boekbinder, Emily Hay, Brad Dutz, Amy Denio, Glenn Branca, Rhys Chatham and Moe! Staiano.

Collette McCaslin is a San Francisco Bay Area based player of the Cornet, noisician,abstract artist, and writer. In her youth she explored plunder-phonics as a means of expression “composing” tape works comprised of snippets of radio static, college radio and death metal.
As a teenager she was heavily influenced by her family to explore the realms of jazz, she played the saxophone at Cabrillo College. Her own interests diverged however, when she began working with guitar.Her first album "Machine" is a layered work of looping...
At some point in the last ten years she started working with analogue FX boxes and doing feedback based electronics. With that setup she has played in numerous situations. Including "Lords of Outland" where she interacts with other musicians, live, with a feedback based instrument. As well as headlining at NorCal Noise Fest many years in a row...
Later, she began playing the Cornet...which is currently her favorite instrument. She plays in Forward Energy, Lords of Outland, and various improvisational Orchestras.  More...

Thursday, May 4 2017 8:00 PM
8:00 pm Lords of Outland
Philip Everett - drums, Ray Scheaffer - bass,
Collette McCaslin - soprano saxophone/percussion,
Rent Romus - saxophones/percussion

9:00 pm Christina Stanley - violin/electronics
Performs a piece for Max/MSP

Christina Stanley is a Bay Area based singer, multi instrumentalist, recording artist and electronic musician. She is currently an active performing musician working as a solo artist and as a member of various groups. She has performed and recorded as a member of SF Sound and ROVA Quartet and was a featured vocalist for the William Winant percussion ensemble and the Lightbulb Ensemble. She has been a featured Solo performer for the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival,and premiered works by George Lewis and Roscoe Mitchell for Mutable Music. She has been a studio musician for Kill Rockstars and 4AD, and has performed throughout the world. She studied music and performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco State University, HB Studio and Mills College. Her new self produced and authored album "Fabric" is now available at​.

"Romus' fiery romp is a no-holds barred exposition. He slices through steel with accuracy and ease, equating to a jovial soundscape, scraped with intensifying solos and Everett's colorific cymbals hits. They galvanize your neural system from start to finish, while projecting a take no prisoners approach throughout." - Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz
Saxophonist, composer Rent Romus started the Lords of Outland in 1994 a collective of like-minded musicians focusing on exploring improvisation, melody, noise, and sound art while acknowledging their jazz, rock, and blues roots. The group has developed original music ranging from unhinged free improvisation to thematic compositional suites inspired by abstract and socio-political poetry, science fiction, horror, and fantasy.
Throughout the the groups rich history it's core roster has changed numerous times featuring guests such as Vinny Golia, John Tchicai, Hasan Razzaq, LA Jenkins, and Josh Allen recording 11 albums and performing throughout the West Coast of the United States.  More...

Thursday, May 11 2017 8:00 PM
8pm Doug Lynner - analog modular synthesizer
9pm Stevie Richards with Shanna Sordahl - cello/electronics, Robert Lopez - percussion

Doug Lynner, a.k.a. synthesizerman, was editor/publisher of the seminal synthesizer magazine, Synapse. He attended the California Institute of the Arts where his primary mentors were Harold Budd, Morton Subotnick and Leonid Hambro. He is a founding member of the synthpop bands Invisible Zoo, Moebius and LEM and is a radio host on with his monthly show, Doug Lynner's World of Noise.

Stevie Richards is a Saxophonist , Modular Synthesist and Sound Artist based in Melbourne , Australia.
Primarily self taught , his earliest influences came through lessons with Tenor Sax legend Mark Simmonds whilst living in Sydney in the 80's. He was part of the Indie rock scene in Sydney and garnered an appreciation for improvisation and electronic music during this time. Around 1993 , he started to play with legendary Rock/Noise band Ray of Creation who were part of the excellent scene at the Great Britain hotel around that time. After Ray of Creation disbanded he continued to work with guitarist Mike Sill forming a synth / guitar duo called Imperial Leatherman. Around 1994 , he recorded on several Trance and Techno releases by Melbourne electronic music legend Ollie Olsen on the Psy Harmonics label.
In 2001 , he joined Bucketrider Big Band at Wangaratta Festival of Jazz to perform an interpretation of Meditations by John Coltrane.
He continued to play Funk and work as a Soloist with Melbourne's Top DJ's and in 2004 was headhunted as Sax Player for Melbourne House Music live band : Dirty Laundry with whom he played and toured with extensively throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific region until 2012. Meanwhile , he has been Sound Engineer for Make It Up Club for almost 15 years , continuing to perform as part of larger ensembles and as a soloist. Developing skills in Audio Production , DIY Analog Synth building and tutoring Ableton Live. On Modular Synth , Stevie has been performing live since 2011 under the monikers : cleaninglady and Supreme Overlord. He has toured extensively throughout Asia , Europe and the US performing Analog Synth performance and collaborations with musicians from countless genres and musical disciplines. He has built 9 full Serge analog modular panels, a TTSH Arp 2600 clone, a Buchla Music Easel clone and dozens of Eurorack DIY modules. Recently , he has been developing a completely Acoustic No Jazz trio called Richards/Palliser/Wadley , live recordings of which can be heard here.  More...

Thursday, May 18 2017 8:00 PM
8pm: Kataryna Kopelevich: Organ / electronics
9pm: Alphastare: Synthesizers/tapes

Kataryna Kopelevich is a Bay Area-based pianist, improvisor, and teacher. She has primarily studied with Dmitry Rachmanov, Robert Schwartz, and Yekaterina Murina of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. She holds an MFA in Performance and Literature Analysis from Mills College.

Alphastare explores sounds in the digital and analog realm. Abstract/Experimental/Ambient/Noise.  More...

Thursday, May 25 2017 8:00 PM
8pm Long Tone Choir
9pm Phillip Greenlief/Scott Walton duo

The Long Tone Choir is a manifold project, based on the cornerstones of listening, breathing, mindfulness, and responsive sounding. Founded by Rae Diamond in 2013, the Long Tone Choir is a path of personal and communal exploration, consisting of local and national communities of singers, and a growing body of composition-meditations that are easy to learn, yet result in complex, organic evolutions of sound-art.  More...

Thursday, June 8 2017 8:00 PM
Guest Curation by Josh Martian
A Night of Electronic Disturbances:
Entanglement Theory - electronic pulsations and emanations
Divided State (Andre Custodio and Leroy Clark) - Electronic duo with intermixing and interdependent improvisation and premeditation  More...

Thursday, July 6 2017 8:00 PM
8pm: Ben Richter - accordion
9pm: Ives Band
Zachary Hazen, and Mia Bella D'Augelli, violins; Joshua Marshall, tenor saxophone; Andrew Jamieson, Brett Carson and Ben Zucker, keyboards; Aaron Oppenheim, latpop; Tim DeCillis, percussion

Ben Richter is a composer, accordionist, multi-instrumentalist, and founding director of New York’s Ghost Ensemble. His chamber music explores sound-worlds of constant transformation that combine subtly shifting timbres and sliding microtonal fluctuations to create music that critic George Grella has described as “seek[ing] an altered consciousness … the music sounds like something incomprehensibly massive is passing by, slowly.” As a solo accordionist, Ben Richter draws from experimental improvisation, traditional klezmer practices, and contemporary chamber music to create atmospheric music that explores a timeless, mystical space at the intersection of memory and imagination.

The Ives Band works to innovate a new approach to familiar melodies. The band plays multiple melodies simultaneously, usually in contrasting keys and tempi, creating musical collages inspired by Charles Ives, Luciano Berio, John Oswald. Melodies come from well-known folk tunes, pop songs, classical music, children's songs, etc.; anything that is familiar or cliche in contemporary American culture. Melodies remain intentionally recognizable, while the experience of hearing melodies is radically reconstructed. Music is directed and arranged by composer and pianist Andrew Jamieson.

Thursday, August 24 2017 8:00 PM
8:00 pm Fistortion
Brian Pedersen-sax, Jay Korber-drums, Greg Gorlen-electronics, Paul Costuros-cello
9:00 pm Blood Oath - a noise-metal saxophone-drum duo from Los Angeles

Combining dark ambient, harsh noise, doom and death metal with free improvisation, Bloood Oath brings together different extreme sound approaches and techniques. In live shows they have been described as an extreme physical entity.
Ulrich Krieger is a saxophone player in the worlds of rock, noise, contemporary composition, and free improvised music, as well as a composer of chamber music and electronic music. He has been active in exploring the boundaries of saxophone playing in rock and noise collaborating
with Lou Reed (Metal Machine Trio, Lou Reed Band), Lee Ranaldo (Text of Light), Faust, and Merzbow. His distinct style of amplified saxophone playing exist in the abysses of rock culture, vacillating between noise, microsounds, and instrumental electronics. Krieger processes refined acoustic and quasi-electronic
sounds by elaborate instrumental amplification.
Joshua Michael carro (b. 1982-) is a sound, visual, and performing artist who is interested in simple materials, complex sound processing, and long duration. Based in Los Angeles, Carro has performed in countless recitals, concerts, and recordings across the U.S.A., Canada, and Europe with sound work performances and commissions by The Futurist Intoners in Cleveland Museum of Art and Singapore Art Science Center, NMCE, UC Berkeley Cellist Ensemble, Wild Rumpus, What’s Next? Ensemble, and Now Hear Ensemble, As a recording artist, carro has recorded his and others works at Capitol Records, T.V. Stand Studios and has
released over 20 electro-acoustic albums on labels including: XI Records, H.L.M. (France), Somehow Recordings (London), Vent (U.K.) Ephem-Aural (New York) with reviews by Silent Ballet, Kultur Industrialna
(Poland), Norman Records, and Linus Records (Japan)

Thursday, September 28 2017 8:00 PM
8:00 pm Tomo Jacobson - double bass
8:35 pm Rasmus Kjærgård Lund - tuba
9:15 pm PC Muñoz -electronics/drumset/poetry

San Francisco recording artist/producer/drummer PC Muñoz's genre-defying projects are stylistically broad and deep, revealing a sonic explorer equally at home with contemporary classical, funk, hip-hop, folk, world music, poetry, free-jazz, art installations, and modern dance productions. His partnership with composer/cellist/longtime Kronos Quartet member Joan Jeanrenaud has yielded three highly acclaimed projects: the GRAMMY-nominated Strange Toys, the iTunes-charting Pop-Pop, and the art-inspired Visual Music. A frequent collaborator, PC has also recorded and/or performed with rock legend Jackson Browne, dream-pop poet/chanteuse Ingrid Chavez, Prince and the Revolution synth wizard Dr. Fink, Kulintang master Danny Kalanduyan, sonic surrealists Broun Fellinis, woodwinds renegade Kyle Bruckmann, Oakland emcee/pianist phenom Kev Choice, vocalist Jennifer Kreisberg of the legendary Native American group Ulali, Emmy-winning composer/virtuoso Van-Anh Vanessa Vo ,jaw-dropping cellist Alex Kelly, and countless other musicians and recording artists.

TOMO SOLO is a double bass free improvisation. This project is about the connections between physicality, spirituality, and intuition. Physicality of playing the double bass, of being a part of the instrument, of creating music through the physical efforts. Spirituality with an intention to be expressed with every sound made. Intuition, trust and letting go to the fountain of music pouring out through self. This project is a meditation on the current. It is an effort to make the best out of the now in a specific context of the state in which the musician currently finds himself, the room and the environment he plays in, and the audience with their energy, passions and hopes. The musician, the environment, and the audience through tangled interconnectivity, create in result a beautiful interdependence.  More...

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