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, October 27 2016 8:00 PM
8:00 pm Brown/Weeks duo
Ari Brown/Tom Weeks
9:00 pm EGW Trio
Karl Evangelista/Francis Wong/Jordan Glenn  More...

Thursday, November 3 2016 8:00 PM
8pm Portrait Maker
9pm Marshall/Wallace/Bafus
Joshua Marshall, tenor and soprano sax
Eli Wallace, keyboard
Jon Bafus, drumset

Pianist/composer Eli Wallace, having recently relocated to Brooklyn New York plays in groups ranging from straight-ahead jazz, to indie-rock, to free improvisation, to classical music. Recently he performed a commissioned work at Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY and Oberlin Dance Conservatory, San Francisco, CA with dancer/choreographer Randee Paufve. He was also awarded Honorable Mention after submitting his piece “Influx Rebellion” to the EarShot Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute Readings. His musical education was granted by Lawrence University, Appleton WI, and New England Conservatory, Boston, MA, where he completed a Bachelor’s of Music, and a Master’s of Music, respectively.

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, The Lords of Outland, 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.

Jon Bafus is a Drummer, Percussionist, Band Leader and general creator of things. Born and raised in the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, he now resides in Sacramento as his home base. With interests in both structure and chaos (and the spectrum in between), Bafus has been involved with many musical projects over the years, leaning in one or both of those directions. His main focus lies within his band Gentleman Surfer, which was founded as a solo project in 2006, and has since grown into a fully functioning four man unit. other current projects include a percussion duo with Kevin Corcoran, known as Invasive Species, as well as various collaborations with Sacramento Guitarist Ross Hammond. Past Projects include Afternoon Brother, Sholi, Sol + Jon = Yes, Genetic Makeup, and Good News Bears. Bafus has also taken part in many Improvisational Collaborations with great players such as Carson McWhirter, Nick Reinhart, and Tony Passarell.

Portrait Maker is an improvising chamber ensemble that experiments with time and space. The group combines elements of theater and dance with sublime yet intricately complex music.
Roger Kim is a jazz guitarist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He currently leads the experimental chamber music ensemble, Portrait Maker, in addition to playing in a number of groups and projects ranging from straight-ahead jazz to 50's R&B.
Roger approaches music with the understanding that it is a language. By playing with expectations, rhythm and impulses, tension and release, music bypasses the specificity of words and reaches straight into the human psyche. Shaped by a background in classical form and orchestration, modern compositional techniques, and jazz harmony, Roger's playing, in addition to his compositions and arrangements, ask questions, take journeys, and evoke sentiments.

Thursday, November 10 2016 8:00 PM
8:00pm Tom Djll
9:00pm Kevin CK Lo

Kevin CK Lo is a composer, choreographer, writer and artist living between Oakland and Melbourne, Australia. In his compositions for live performance and installation, he utilizes instruments, digital sound processing and generative programming environments to examine spatial and auditory sensitivities, topological structure and audience kinesthetic response while seeking to corrupt conventional compositional/performative/installative rationale.

Tom Djll is available to play weddings, funerals, airship launches, pipeline christenings, and elevators to the stars.

“The thing about all the extended techniques on trumpet is that such an approach is not new. There has been a certain sort of attention paid to Peter [Evans] and Axel Doerner and Taylor [Ho Bynum] and what they do is absolutely an individual thing, but it’s not coming out of a vacuum. I discovered when I got to New York that there were people like Greg Kelley and Tom Djll dealing with, if not the same language, at least the same idea of language as I was, and then to dig back, there are people like Wadada Leo Smith and Herb Robertson and Paul Smoker, all of whom were heroes for me in high school, and then you get to people like Ed Harkins and Toshinori Kondo (especially the early 80s stuff) that is absolutely alien…” – Nate Wooley, interview on Bagatellen, 2009  More...

Thursday, December 1 2016 8:00 PM
8pm: Andrew Weathers (guitar) and JR De Wood (also guitar)
9pm: Sophia Shen (pipa)

Born in Zhangzhou, a small city in southeast China, Sophia Shen is a composer, sound artist, pipa performer/ improviser and pianist who believes in the subjective, evocative, conceptual and ineffable nature of music and sound. She makes intangible connections with performers and listeners by creating music that evokes memory and imagination. She is interested in bridging the divide between cultures by using instruments to dissemble and synthesize new sounds.
Sophia is currently based in Oakland and pursuing her MA in Composition at Mills College where she is also studying electronic music and improvisation with Chris Brown, Fred Frith, Pauline Oliveros and Roscoe Mitchell. She received a BA degree in Music with High Distinction and a BA degree in German from the University of Virginia.

Thursday, December 15 2016 8:00 PM
8:00 pm Mary Clare Brzytwa Trio
with Hamir Atwal, Kevin Robinson
9:00 pm Evil Genius
Max Kutner - Guitar, Stefan Kac - Tuba, Mike Lockwood - Drums

"Evil Genius is comprised of three virtuosic beasts on instruments that you would never suspect would form a happy marriage. As you explore their debut recording you quickly discover that guitar, tuba, and drums can move far afield from oompah music. This band can do it all …. whether its in your face rock, free wheeling open improvisation, 20th century classical music, or jazz ….. they can pull it off and upend all of your expectations." - Larry Koonse, Guitarist and CalArts Jazz Faculty
"Sure, it would be possible for three sharp-minded musicians to make complex music of an academic, beard-stroking nature, but Evil Genius take things further with their sheer melodic invention."- John Cavanagh, Radio DJ for Radio Six International, BBC Scotland
"Even with just these three instruments, this trio sounds fully formed, tight, intense and explosive at times. There is a manic, infectious energy here that reminds me of the Minutemen on occasion."- Bruce Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery (New York, NY)  More...

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