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, August 22 2019 8:00 PM
8:15 pm Theresa Wong solo cello & voice
9:00 pm Rodrigo Barriga Quartet: Emily Cardwell, Patrick Talesfore Jr., Ben Westfall

Theresa Wong is a composer, cellist and vocalist active at the intersection of music, experimentation, improvisation and the synergy of multiple disciplines. Bridging sound, movement, theater and visual art, her primary interest lies in finding the potential for transformation for both the artist and receiver alike.
Her works include The Unlearning (Tzadik), 21 songs for violin, cello and 2 voices inspired by Goya's Disasters of War etchings, O Sleep, an improvised opera for an 8 piece ensemble exploring the conundrum of sleep and dream life and Venice Is A Fish, a collection of solo songs. Her commissioned works include pieces for Splinter Reeds, Vajra Voices, pianist Sarah Cahill and Del Sol string quartet. At the heart of her work is a desire to expand the sonic possibilities of materials and to explore their potential in many modes of performance.
As a solo performer, Theresa Wong takes the listener into the molecules of the materials at hand. A relentless digging to unearth the raw vibrations of the cello and voice, her work draws upon the question: "how can I rediscover the core of the cello as wood and string and hair, or even simply as a tree?". Drawing upon sounds of the natural world, noise and the sensations of genetic sonic memory, a timbral merging of the voice and cello gives birth to new acoustically synthesized sounds. Her solo performances have been included in the FOCO Festival in Morelia, Mexico, Cafe Oto in London, Fabbrica Europa Festival in Florence, Italy and The Stone in New York City.

Rodrigo Barriga is a Mexican composer and performer. His work explores group relationship and communication through the use of openness and guided improvisation. As a performer and improviser, his playing explores extended techniques on his main instrument, the electric bass. Barriga has played at many different venues in Mexico City, Puebla, and Xalapa, including the 2011 Vive Latino Festival, and in the United States.
Barriga is currently a graduate student at Mills College in Oakland, California, where he studies with Roscoe Mitchell, Zeena Parkins, William Winant and others.

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
9:00 pm Feral Luggage
- Free improvisation meets Metal Noisescapes in the land of wild luggage...
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.

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