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, November 30 2017 8:00 PM
8:00 pm Suki O'Kane (very large percussion) and Tim Perkis (very tiny electronics)
9:00 pm Katt Atchley Duets, featuring Kenneth Atchley, Susan Gervitz, Phillip Greenlief and Claudia La Rocco
text, voice, reeds, electronics

Suki O’Kane is a classically trained mallet percussionist, composer and instigator working with artists from a wide array of of music, movement, expanded cinema and public art genres. She has composed for Theatre of Yugen and inkBoat, performs in the ensembles of Dan Plonsey, and is a member of Thingamajigs Performance Group.with Edward Schocker and Dylan Bolles.
Suki has performed live and recorded with She Mob and its side projects: the mad folk duo Junior Showmanship and its alter-ego speed metal Winner’s Bitch. She has performed in realizations of Jon Brumit’s Vendetta Retreat; with Lucio Menegon in his Split Lip, Soundtrack Instumentals and Strangelet projects; and with Dohee Lee in realizations of her multidisciplinary performance and installation piece Mago.

Tim Perkis has been working in the medium of live electronic and computer sound for many years, performing, exhibiting installation works and recording in North America,Europe and Japan. His work has largely been concerned with exploring the emergence of life-like properties in complex systems of interaction.
In addition, he is a well known performer in the world of improvised music, having performed on his electronic improvisation instruments with hundreds of artists and groups, including Chris Brown, John Butcher, Eugene Chadbourne, Fred Frith, Gianni Gebbia, Frank Gratkowski, Luc Houtkamp, Yoshi Ichiraku, Matt Ingalls, Joelle Leandre, Gino Robair, ROVA saxophone quartet, Elliott Sharp, Leo Wadada Smith and John Zorn. Ongoing groups he has founded or played in include the League of Automatic Music Composers and the Hub -- pioneering live computer network bands -- and Rotodoti, the Natto Quartet, Fuzzybunny, All Tomorrow's Zombies and Wobbly/Perkis/Antimatter.

Kattt Atchley is an experimental vocalist, composer, and improvisor who creates a blended sound using her voice, amplification, and imagination. She has performed at various venues, from theaters to galleries to museums to back yards. She lives in Kensington with her husband Kenneth.

Claudia & Kattt
We are figuring out how to world(s)-make together. Amorphous containers; devils in the details, etc.

Kattt & Susan
Text to tone and back. Response. Collaboration in listening and inhabiting.

Kenneth & Phillip
Electro-acoustic improvisation with drone: roots, shoots, nodes; languid pools, buzzing hives. Listen closely. It’s all there.

Claudia LaRocco is the author of the selected writings The Best Most Useless Dress (Badlands Unlimited, 2014) and the novel petit cadeau (The Chocolate Factory Theater, 2015). July, the debut album from animals & giraffes, her duo with musician/composer Phillip Greenlief, was released by Edgetone Records in 2017.

Kenneth Atchley is a Bay Area (East Bay) artist of abstract, electronic sound: drones, noise and tone poems, generative ambient works: who begins again and again: stripping back techniques, concepts, and mannerisms that accrete and form over decades of preferences, decisions, influences, and studies; listens as these are reshaped in new combinations informed by a continuing fascination with hearing raw electronic waveforms, and sound environments of home, office, cafe, open land and water.

Phillip Greenlief: Since his emergence on the west coast in the late 1970s, Evander Music founder and saxophonist Phillip Greenlief has achieved international critical acclaim for his recordings and performances with musicians and composers in the post-jazz continuum as well as new music innovators and virtuosic improvisers. He has performed and recorded with Fred Frith, Meredith Monk, Nels Cline, and They Might Be Giants; albums include THAT OVERT DESIRE OF OBJECT with Joelle Leandre, and ALL AT ONCE with FPR (Frank Gratkowski, Jon Raskin, Phillip Greenlief).

Susan Gevirtz’s books of poetry include Hotel abc; AERODROME ORION & Starry Messenger; Thrall; Hourglass Transcripts. Her critical books are Narrative’s Journey: The fiction and Film Writing of Dorothy Richardson; and Coming Events (Collected Writings). For a long time she has collaborated with sound artists. She lives in San Francisco  More...

Thursday, December 7 2017 8:00 PM
8pm sauti kelele
Jordan Boyd - drums, Robert Kirby - guitar/synth, Cameron Thomas - percussion, Gorge Casa - reeds/effects
9pm Murray/Whalen
Kevin Murray - drums, Michael Whalen - vibes

sauti kelele is Jordan Boyd on drums and percussion, Robert Kirby on guitar and synth, Cameron Thomas on percussion, synth and bass and Gorge Casa on saxophone and effects. sauti kelele means sound noise in Swahili. sauti kelele strives to explore the wide range of human experience through a diverse range of sonic explorations and music. sauti kelele focuses on performing original music compositions and improvisational material.

Believing that the vibraphone is one of the most underutilized and generally undeveloped acoustic instruments today, Michael Whalen seeks to increase awareness for the little known flexibility and many textures that it provides with his musicality and performances. He studied with Ed Saindon, one of the greatest virtuosos on vibes and a master technician, at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Awarded a scholarship upon his admission, he graduated with a degree in Performance in the Fall of 2016 after 2 and a half years of study.
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-based trumpeter Eddie Gale's various ensembles, and has also performed alongside Nicole Mitchell and Peter Kuhn. He is currently a member of two duo projects - with vibraphonist Michael Whalen, and Parhelion, with keyboardist and electronic artist Nathan Ho.

Thursday, December 14 2017 8:00 PM
8pm: Matt Robidoux - guitar
with Gabby Fluke-Mogul - violin

9pm: Tyler J. Borden (from San Diego) - Cello

Tyler Borden:
Hailed for his “technically polished playing” as well as an “endless amount of musical knowledge and creativity”, Tyler J. Borden is a rising force in the contemporary music landscape. A dedicated purveyor of modern music, Tyler has performed with many contemporary music luminaries such as the JACK Quartet, the Theater of Eternal Music Brass and String Band, the Slee Sinfonietta, Ensemble Offspring, Tony Conrad, Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky, and Steve McCaffery. He has performed at the Soundways New Music Festival in St. Petersburg, June in Buffalo, the New Media Art and Sound Summit, and the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, and he has been a participant at the Lucerne Festival Academy and the Darmstadt Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik. His performance of Witold Lutoslawski’s “Cello Concerto” with the University at Buffalo Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Bassin was praised for how he “mastered the works intricacies with elegant grace.” Currently, Tyler is a member of the [Switch~ Ensemble], a group dedicated to the performance of works that incorporate multimedia into live performance.

Gabby Fluke-Mogul is a performing, teaching, composing, & collaborating-improviser (violin, voice, movement) based out of the Bay Area. Through improvising//composing, gfm hopes to create space for individual & collective intersectional process, deep listening, healing, laughter, intimacy, & narrative. they are interested in the sensual nature of sound—how desire & eroticism are embodied & translated within the political & poetic context(s) of improvisation.
gabby holds a BA from Hampshire College (Amherst, MA) in Music & Critical Studies of Childhood, Youth, and Learning and a MFA in Music Performance and Literature with Improvisation Specialization from Mills College (Oakland, CA) where they worked with Pauline Oliveros, Zeena Parkins, India Cooke, Fred Frith, Roscoe Mitchell, Kala Ramnath, & Kara Davis.
gabby believes in the power of listening, improvisation, babies, children, & kindness. gfm performs with a variety of ensembles & collaborative projects in addition to facilitating community-based workshops & teaching (toddlers-adults) in public, private, & non-profit learning spaces.

Matt Robidoux (b.1985) is an Oakland, CA based composer, guitarist, sound therapist, filmmaker and concert promoter.
He is interested in unifying the relationships of performer, environment, and experiencer; compositions in the public/collective sphere; performing in unconventional spaces and settings; class and accessibility within contemporary art musics; the healing potentials of music improvisation.
He currently studies with Roscoe Mitchell, John Bischoff, Daniel Schmidt, David Bernstein and has studied with Jose Lezscano, Scott Sanchez and Chris Weisman.  More...

Thursday, December 21 2017 8:00 PM
8:00 pm Plutonian Burritto
Charles Pagano - percussion, Scott Bazar - guitar, electric pitchfork, electronics
9:00 pm bran(...)pos

bran(...)pos is the ongoing audio-visual-performance-noise-musique-brain-bend of Jake Rodriguez from San Francisco, CA. Rodriguez has been performing and recording under this moniker since 1996 with releases on C.I.P., Resipiscent, Ratskin Records, Animal Disguise, and Chitah! Chitah! Soundcrack.

PLUTONIAN BURITTO- Free improvisational duo with Charles Pagano (percussion, comedy) and Scott Bazar (guitar, electric pitchfork, electronics) performing to the animated film Neptuna SlamDance created by Scott Bazar.
Charles has a background in free playing thanks to Creative Music Studio and theWoodstock, NY scene. He is a mostly self-taught drummer & composer. Interned at Creative Music Studio NY with Dave Holland, Leo Smith, Oliver Lake, Anthony Braxton, Ed Blackwell, Karl Berger, Bob Moses, Don Cherry.
Scott Bazar is an instrumentalist/composer/improvisor/animator. Active since 1989 playing in various groups and improvisational settings.Creator of video conducted improvisational workshop arcade Pico Dorado.

Thursday, January 11 2018 8:00 PM
8:15pm: Snickers (Howard Ryan - viola/electronics)
8:45pm: Gabby Yi Wen - Electronics (30 minute set)
9:30pm: Silo Homes (Matt Carney - guitar/voice/electronics)

SNICKERS was conceived in 2014 by Sam Sharp and Howard Ryan as a remote collaboration between Minneapolis and San Francisco; Sam sending guitar phrases that Howard would slow down, process and look for a place where a song could exist. Their cassette and seven-inch series, On The HiFi, all received great responses from Byron Coley in The Wire UK. Richard Youngs calls them, “The sonic equivalent of expired film in my Holga”, and Siltbreeze Records is soon releasing an LP compiling all three volumes.
Live performances explore radio transmissions, viola and vocal live looping and a host of collaborators, all striving to find new ways of telling Siôbhan’s harrowing story.

Gabby Yi Wen (b. 1995) is an emerging multi-instrumental improviser and multimedia artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has been working with guqin (Chinese 7-string zither), synthesizer, computer, homemade electronics, and field recordings to create sounds. Originally from Shenzhen, China, she moved to the Bay Area at in 2010 and studied abroad in France during college, her artistic visions are shaped by a wide range of cultural perspectives. The Fluxus movement has been her greatest inspiration. Her musical influences include musique concrète, free jazz, ancient Chinese music, Buddhist chants, Beijing and Cantonese Opera. She studied at Mills College under instructions of James Fei, Maggi Payne, Chris Brown and John Bischoff. Inspired by her spiritual guidance in Tibetan Buddhism, her works are usually created in a meditative state and are improvisation-based. She explores the intuitive connection with her instruments during performances, as well as the ways of sound manipulation using extended techniques, code and hardware. Wen also creates art using other mediums such as movement, installation, video, calligraphy and painting in exploration of transcending different emotional states of existence.

Silo Homes (Matt Carney) plays agoraphobic drone country.  More...

Thursday, February 22 2018 8:00 PM
8:00pm TBA
9:00pm Jack Wright with Evan Lipson  More...

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