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, August 16 2018 8:00 PM
8:00 pm Cohen/Fluke-Mogul/Weeks
Alex Cohen - guitar, gabby fluke-mogul - violin, Tom Weeks - alto saxophone
9:00 pm Rubinstein/Ghandhi/Murray
Aaron Rubinstein - guitar, Kaelen Ghandhi - saxophone, Kevin Murray - drums

Kaelen Ghandhi is a NYC based saxophonist and multi reedist from the SF bay area. He plays a wide variety of music from big band to completely improvised music on many instruments. Currently enrolled at The New School Kaelen has had the opportunity to work closely with Reggie Workman, Jane Ira Bloom and Andrew Cyrille. Kaelen has performed with Melissa Aldana, Ravi Coltrane and Wynton Marsalis among others. During his career Kaelen has played at places such as the SFJazz Center, Monterey Jazz Festival, Kuumbwa Jazz, Jazz at Lincoln Center and Greenwich House Music.

Aaron Rubinstein is a NYC-based guitarist who explores interactive relationships and the phenomenology of sound through improvisation and composition-for-improvisers. Playing with people like Reggie Workman, Andrew Cyrille, Ingrid Laubrock, Michael Larocca, Sarah Hughes, Brandon Davis, Raf Vertessen, and Kalun Leung, he has performed at NYC venues like Ibeam, Shapeshifter Lab, Greenpoint Gallery, Muchmores, and Downtown Music Gallery.

Drummer Kevin Murray has been involved in the creative music scene since he was first introduced to the music via a workshop and performance with bassist William Parker in 2012. Since then, he has been a regular member of San Jose, California-based trumpeter Eddie Gale's various ensembles, and has also performed alongside Nicole Mitchell, Peter Kuhn, and Rent Romus. He is currently a member of two duo projects - with vibraphonist Michael Whalen, and Parhelion, with keyboardist and electronic artist Nathan Ho.  More...

Thursday, August 23 2018 8:00 PM
8:15 pm John Bischoff
8:50 pm RM Francis
9:30 pm Michael Flora

John Bischoff is an early pioneer of live computer music. He is known for his solo constructions in real-time synthesis as well as his development of computer network music. Bischoff studied composition with Robert Moran, James Tenney, Robert Ashley, and David Behrman. He has been active in the experimental music scene in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 40 years as a composer, performer, and teacher. His performances around the US include NEW MUSIC AMERICA festivals in 1981 and 1989, Roulette and Experimental Intermedia in New York, and Lampo in Chicago to name a few. He has performed in Europe at the Festival d'Automne in Paris, Akademie der Künste in Berlin, STEIM in Amsterdam, and Fylkingen in Stockholm among other places. He is a founding member of the League of Automatic Music Composers, the world's first computer network band.

RM Francis is an artist based in Seattle working with computer-generated sound via recordings, installations, and performances. His work is primarily informed by historical electroacoustic practices and posthumanist philosophy. He has performed at numerous festivals in the US, including Debacle in Seattle, 2 Day in Portland, Diffusion in Baltimore, and Human Festival in Philadelphia. His 2017 release Hyperplastic Other, a multimedia work utilizing chocolate and sound, is published by nada. Francis is also a member of the networked computer music ensemble Mesh Collaborative.

Michael Flora explores sound both as a conceptual subject and as a medium for phenomenological study. Working within the intersections of art, science, music, and mathematics, he is interested in research related to sonic morphology, spatialization, and human perception. He uses custom built software for sound synthesis and the plasticization of field recordings. Algorithmic and mathematical procedures allow the audio to be pulled, stretched, and folded until reaching a desired spatial and temporal form. Work is often presented in site-specific multi-channel installations and performances which reveal the unique sonic footprint of the space and allows for the choreography of sound through speaker placement and animation of movement. Compositions alternate from meditative to jarring; minimal to complex, yet always seek to provoke the listener’s subjective experience.

Thursday, August 30 2018 8:00 PM
8:15 pm Angel Archer
Sheila Bosco - drums, Brian Lucas - bass
8:50 pm Alee Karim - solo guitar
9:30 pm captjrab - synths

captjrab (J.Lee) is a longtime SF musician and experimenter. As well as performing in the art-psych band the Rabbles, J. has been composing/improvising using eurorack modular synth, tape manipulation, loops, found sounds and treated guitar. Sound collage is his creative counterbalance to writing structured and arranged songs.  More...

Thursday, September 6 2018 8:00 PM
8:15 pm John Vaughn/Pino - free flowing improvisation
John Vaughn - saxophones, Mark Pino - drums
9:00 pm Rare Form - dark ambient/drone
Thyme Nord: keyboards, synthesizers, pianos, vocals, loops, samples, mixing
Ryan Beitler: guitars, loops, tape loops, bows, screwdriver, behringer 2442, samples, mixing

Rare Form creates dark atmospheric, drone, noise, and chamber music by relying heavily on loops, drones, effects, movements, and manipulations.

John Vaughn is a founding member of COMA. He has performed in groups ranging from concert and jazz bands, pit orchestras to improvisations groups of all types. He is often playing in Sacramento with the Gambari Arts Ensemble led by Adam Jenkins and with Ross Hammond and Tony Passerell. John is focused on making the central Valley of California into a friendly place for improvising and experimental musicians.

Mark Pino began playing drums at the age of 13. He has performed in the SF Bay Area and other parts of the country since the early 1990’s. Mark has shared stages and playing situations with many talented individuals, and is grateful to all of them, most of all those who have shared their insights with him. He considers himself a band player, first and foremost. He also plays percussion with Cloud Shepherd, CDP, and other experimental/improv groups.  More...

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