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 $8-15 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.
To book your project please use our Survey Monkey
Contact Rent Romus if you have any questions.

Artist-run, volunteer, grass-roots DIY effort
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. Load in and setup is at 7:00pm Setup
Set times
45 min if two sets
30 min if three sets
Booking Lead Time
six to eight weeks in advance
Terms & Policy
70% of door proceeds is equitably split between sets. 30% of door proceeds go to the Luggage Store Gallery for use of the space. We volunteer our time and efforts to running the show. One comp admission per artist is recommended.

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 including the use of power tools, fire or fume generators. This is a no smoking environment including incense or scented candles.
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 a booking request using our Survey Monkey Form. Questions? Rent Romus

Upcoming Events:
Thursday, September 19 2019 8:00 PM
Expanded film + Sound with
Gino Robair's Unpopular Electronics
Featuring the 16mm Films of Lori Varga & Tom Djll Plus very special guest!

Unpopular Electronics is a project by Gino Robair. Gino will be performing improvisational electronic sets on modular devices and otherworldly analog sound devices, alongside the multi-talented musician Tom Djll w/ bay area veteran Expanded film artist & noise maker Ms. Lori Varga.

Lori Varga creates handmade 16mm films and 35mm analog Slide work will accompany two very unique, cagian-like experimental sets of instrumental soundscapes and electronic music in duo and trios.
Film materials will be processed live turning inks into tonal and dronal sound bursts utilizing the Oramic method of cine-sound, LIVE. Intense /profound Knob twisting /free radical expressive electronic music and non-musics to be heard with the flicker of analog films & hand manipulated projected light paintings.

Thursday, September 26 2019 8:00 PM
8:15 pm Joel Nelson - guitar/electronics
8:45 pm Feral Luggage
- Free improvisation meets Metal Noisescapes in the land of wild luggage...
9:30 pm Hartyga - (Republic of Tuva)
Nachyn CHOREVE - vocal, igil, doshpuluur,
Nayys DULUSH - drums, Sergek SANDYK - saxophone,
Shoraan OCHUR - bass-guitar, Nail SALCHAK - guitar

HARTYGA is a Tuvan rock band, which was formed in Kyzyl in 2003.
In 2002 Salchak Orlan, Ondar Angyr - ool, Sergek Sandyk, Nachyn Choreve, Naiys Dulush (the present members of the band) - entered the Kyzyl Art College named in honor of Chyrgal - Ool. In the evenings and after the lessons participants gathered "under the stairs" and played the personally called "their music" (from the very beginning they practiced rock and jazz with the Tuvan folk songs). The first performance of the group was held on May 9, 2003, in the basement of the dormitory of the Tuva State University, and after this event,the collective has changed its name into "MOM". The leader of the group and an initiator of its inception was guitarist and vocalist Salchak Orlan.
In 2004, another legendary Tuvan music festival "Ustuu Huree" was organized, in which the fabulous represented of American jazz, the composer and multi-instrumentalist Sun Ra was invited as headliner with the support of his collective “The Arkestra”. The drummer Naiys Dulush says: "It was such a discovery for us! After that, everything has changed. " The performance of the modern jazz legend influenced almost the entire modern Tuvan musical scene, including the group "IOM". After this festival, the group has increasingly inclined to jazz - rock and funk, with some features of of traditional tuvan songs.
In 2008 the first performance of the group called "HARTYGA" (translated from Tuvinian means "Falcon") was held at the festival "Ustuu-Khuree".

Feral Luggage is Kersti Abrams - alto saxophone/thumb piano, Mika Pontecorvo - guitar/electronics/voice, Colleen Kelly T - cello/ electronics, Mark Pino- drums/percussion, Elijah Pontecorvo - bass/vocals, Lorenzo Arreguin - drums/guitar

Joel Nelson is a musician who makes use of the guitar, computer, electronics, and trash to create music.

Thursday, October 3 2019 8:00 PM
SF Noise Night @ the Luggage Store
8:15 pm Lucidbeaming
8:40 pm Dendera Bloodbath
9:10 pm Endometrium Cuntplow
9:35 pm Ninja McTits

Endometrium Cuntplow is the forest electronics queen and goddess of nectar. Queer noise from the valley. Plants and animals. Tree hugging devil music from everybody's least favorite ghost. Touching for sure and perhaps even a kiss or two. Get in there super close, please. Tip her, always.

Ninja McTits, often known as Himeko Katagiri, is a harsh noise artist based out of Richmond, CA. They run the net-label Tsundere Violence, have thousands of songs, and are a Bay Area native. A Ninja McTits show is full of raw emotion, lots of screaming, and banging and scraping of various instruments and objects. Expect it to be loud. Ninja McTits aims to deliver intense and memorable shows fun for nobody. They also give out free CDrs and floppy disks limited to one show only.

Lucidbeaming (Joshua Curry) is a multimedia artist and musician living in San Jose, CA. His work combines found sounds and repurposed technology to create evocative soundscapes.

In 2010 Verge Bliss separated from husband and bandmate Trey Bliss. This split served as the catalyst for a new period of musical experimentation and the launch of solo project Dendera Bloodbath. Inspired by a lifelong obsession with ancient Egypt, the name is derived from a story detailing the destruction of mankind by the Eye of Ra. Much of the composition is performed on autoharp and sequencer with a variety of synthesizers and noise machines blended throughout. Though Verge has been making experimental sounds their entire life the defining moment for this project occurred while playing shows in Florida. Though robust and exciting pockets of noise exist throughout the southeast, nothing is quite like the Florida noise scene. Gradually more harsh, weird ideas began crawling between Verge’s ears until they began building their own devices – some from other pedals, some from kits, some from specs online, and one inspired by Mickey Hart’s blaster beam.
This project covers two main genres – darkwave and harsh noise. Some industrial or country vibes do get thrown around. Magick and spellwork comprise a lot of the subject matter, and ritual is very intertwined with Dendera Bloodbath’s purpose.

Thursday, October 10 2019 8:00 PM
8:00 pm ENS EKT
Paul Stapleton sound sculpture, Mad Pulse Maybe double bass, David Bud baritone saxophone
8:50 pm Hauras
Howard Ryan - multi-media
9:30 pm Shachar/Weeks Quartet
Yeonathan Shachar - Guitar, Tom Weeks - Saxophone, Tim Duff - Bass, Tim DeCillis - Drums

Ens Ekt features the experimental musical inventions of Paul Stapleton (Californian born, Belfast-based) placed in dialogue with the circular breathed multiphonics and harmonic textures and the resonant gestural and spectrally focused playing of the other band members. The group explores emergent timbral, dynamic and social musical structures through improvisation. Having worked together more frequently in duo settings (see below), the trio configuration offers an opportunity to explore new modes of interactions in part facilitated by purpose built technologies that intertwine metallic, wooden and electronic resonances in real time.

Hauras is the experimental, multi-media project of Howard Ryan, based in San Francisco. Finnish for “fragile”, Hauras is interested in employing time, repetition, decay and chaos to help find a space where a song could exist. Elements of Early Music, Ancient Chant, Experimental Pop and Modern Drone appear alongside shortwave, AM radio and live police scanner feeds. Delayed, effected viola and vocals, low tuned, overdriven electric guitars and distorted keyboards provide a distinctive palette for a new kind of chamber music, A music at once cinematic and static. Minimalist and abstract. Improvisatory and precise. Secular and psychedelic. Full of bravado and restraint.

"Crescendo as road trip"
A conceptual undertaking that started with Snickers (his remote collaboration with Sam Sharp described by Byron Coley in Wire Magazine as “recorded underwater, then sent into submarines via broken transmitters”) as a way to deal with PTSD and the end of civilization, Hauras is a coping mechanism as well as a lot of fucking fun. Howard has appeared on recordings with Richard Youngs, Supersilent, Devendra Banhart, Will Oldham and Joan Shelley. He has performed on bills with Sarah Davachi, Laraaji, Alan Sparhawk, Mary Lattimore and Nels Cline. Utilizing a loose narrative of the anti-hero, each Hauras performance is a strange visit to one or more recurring themes. Loss. Journey. Memory. Trauma. Love. The Void. Occasionally using local filmmakers, unknown dead still photographers, radio stations and other visual artists and musicians as collaborators, Hauras often ends up relying heavily on his community when he thought all along he could do it all himself.

Tom Weeks (Oakland) and Yeonathan Shachar (Tel Aviv) have collaborated for many years in a wide variety of projects. Having first met in Boston in 2019, the two both relocated to New York City in 2012, where they worked together to develop the foundations of their deep relationships to creative improvised music. The two reunite for their first ever Bay Area performance.  More...

Thursday, October 24 2019 8:00 PM
8:15 pm Gardener
Dashiell Lewis - voice/electronics
modular synth drones, rhythms, and textures
9:00 pm Instagon

Instagon: is an ongoing experiment in audio participation and chaos theory. It is a conceptual project that sometimes appears to be masquerading as a band. Founded in 1993, and so far performing over 675 shows. The project has never repeated the same line up on stage ever... boasting over 660 "members". The foundation and organization of this project is created by the artist & bassist known as LOB. Founded in Orange County, and moved to Sacramento in 2005, Instagon continues to explore new territory and interaction of players as a fundamental conceptual idea with no boundaries of genre or style. Each show or session is particularly scrutinized to put forth a unique experience for the band and the audience alike. Styles have included noise, experimentation, instrumental, improvisation, space rock, jams, jazz.

Under the name Gardener, Richmond, VA-based Dash Lewis uses a modular synthesizer, effects pedals, and his own voice to create intricately layered, rhythmically complex slabs of trance-inducing psychedelia, weaving looped vocal passages into thick, textured drones. Deeply influenced by German kosmiche music of the 1970s, mid-career Beach Boys, and spiritual jazz, Lewis’s interest lies in the organic interplay between electronics and the human voice. With Gardener, he works to meld seemingly disparate elements into a single instrument.

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