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, April 25 2019 8:00 PM
8:15 pm Atchley/Heglin duo
Kattt Atchley, Ron Heglin - voice
9:00 pm Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer - voice (Norway)

Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer in Vinje in Telemark is a Norwegian sound-based vocal artist and multivocalist. Meyer's sound expression has traces of larynx, opera, contemporary music and folk music from various parts of the world. Meyer's character lies in the nonverbal expression, as well as her vocal scope, which spans 6.5 octaves. Meyer is a graduate of the Grieg Academy and from the Orff Institute at the Mozarteum / Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Salzburg , Austria . Meyer is a college lecturer at the Department of Performing Arts NTA | Østfold University College , and hourly teacher at the Ole Bull Academy . She has been employed at the Grieg Academy, the Norwegian Academy of Music , and is a sought-after course holder in Norway and at educational institutions abroad. She has sung in The Norwegian Soloist Choir for 7 years and had the state's 3-year artistic grant 2013-2016.

Over the last 20 years, the music improvisation duo of Kattt Atchley and Ron Heglin have gradually developed a vocal sound that integrates language and vocal sung traditions. With a focus on experimentation, they have shaped a signature sound from imagined landscapes, melodies, multiple tunings, and amplification. Kattt and Ron plan to release their first duo recording (recorded and mixed by Phillip Perkins) sometime early 2019.Kattt Atchley is an experimental musical vocalist, composer, and improvisor who creates a blended sound using her voice, pitches (multiple tunings), amplification, and imagination. Since the mid 90’s, she has performed solo and with others at various venues, from theaters to radio stations to galleries to museums to back yards. She has longtime collaborations with Ron Heglin and, with her husband, K. Atchley. Kattt studies voice and Hindustani classical music theory and is a member of the Vasundhara Choir directed by her teacher, Rita Sahai.

Ron Heglin is a Vocalist and Trombonist exploring the broad sound palette of the human voice as expressed in many languages and musical traditions. This has led to the evolution of an imaginal or fictional language which is presented spoken and/or sung in performance either solo or in ensemble. Mr. Heglin has been a student of North Indian Vocal Music and credits this study with providing a musical grounding to his present work. As a Trombonist and as a Vocalist he has a long history of performance both locally and internationally as a part of the improvisation and new music community.  More...

Thursday, May 2 2019 8:00 PM
8:15 pm Vinkeloe/Robinson
Biggi Vinkeloe -alto saxophone, flute , Donald Robinson - drums
9:00 pm Cellista - cello/pedals

Biggi Vinkeloe lives in Oakland, CA and tours frequently in Europe and North America. She plays alto saxophone and flute, both as main instruments. She is one of the very few jazzwomen working internationally. She is involved in many different projects, both as a sideman and as a leader. She composes for her own groups, and occasionally for musicians from other music fields. Whenever possible, she collaborates with dancers and painters. She has recorded almost 20 albums with European and American musicians.

Working bands: Trio REV, with Lisle Ellis and Donald Robinson / Duo Robinson – Vinkeloe / Duo with Magnus Rosén / Trio Chris Brown, Donald Robinson, Biggi Vinkeloe / Chaos Butterfly + Biggi Vinkeloe / The Diplomats, with Harris Eisenstadt and Steve Swell / She performs as a soloist as well.

Cellista is an American cellist, performance artist & the artistic director of the interdisciplinary performing arts group Juxtapositions. She is known for her collaborations with artists across various media, as well self-producing stage poems (live performances staged in unconventional spaces that incorporate elements of classical music, theater, improvisation and visual art across a range of genres including pop, hip-hop, classical and more). These performances often feature a carbon fiber cello and loop station.

Thursday, May 9 2019 8:00 PM
8:15 pm Cheryl Leonard
sound art/vocals/invented and natural instruments produced in surround sound
8:50 pm Citizen Fly 2
Honor Monaco, Joel Nelson, Dylan Burchett
9:30 pm TJ Thompson 5
Karl Evangelista - guitar, gabby fluke-mogul - violin, Bruce Ackley - saxophones, Kevin Robinson - saxophones, TJ Thompson - drums

Cheryl E. Leonard presents Slough, a piece in quadraphonic sound for water, sand, rocks, and shells, plus field recordings of water. Slough was inspired by the San Francisco Bay Estuary and explores transformations from water channel to mud flat and vice versa.

Citizen Fly 2 met at Mills College in 2016 and have been playing together since 2016. This project formed in 2018, and focus on the difficulties of trio playing, especially with a computer.
They have a big bag of walnuts. Sometimes they bounce them on a little speaker. We named our band Citizen Fly 2 because Honor has a Citizen Kane poster on her wall, and the movie The Fly is really scary, and they like to play scary.

TJ Thompson is an enthusiastic drummer//improviser//sound artist based in Portland, OR active in a diversity of creative music collaborations with poets, members of Oregon Koto-Khai, butoh dancers and various other musicians in the creative music community.

Thursday, May 23 2019 8:00 PM
8:15 pm Infinexhuma - dark ambient/industrial
9:00 pm 99 HOOKER - Kaoss Enhancer

99 Hooker has been performing live media for many years. In 2000 he founded the pioneering media group rev.99 . He most recently toured Japan with Akio Mokuno. He has not played LSG for 15 years or so.

SF Bay Area based dark ambient artist ranging in stylistic approach from ritual, drone, cinematic, horror, space, dark ambient, film score style, nature ambient, noise and industrial. The project officially began in 2016 under the name "Infinexhuma" and was formerly known as "Exhuma" in 2013. An album “Chaotic Depth” was release in 2016 strictly to Bandcamp and was not mastered. Subsequently two albums "Crossing" and "Unasan" were officially released in 2018 to all platforms, digitally and physically. “Infinexhuma” follows the afterlife of a physically manifested spirit awoken in a transitional state between the death of its’ human host by suicide and full passing. Currently lost and seeking the reason it was detached from the host’s primary being, Infinexhuma must travel through tangible worlds as well as other darker undefined worlds to ultimately join the host and continue to the afterlife. It is to be taken literally as a dark narrative which is in itself subjective and objective, and as well from an outer and alternate perspective, as a partial mockery of the flaws of an over industrialized society and the subsequent "dead" repetitions of human life (Infin = infinitely / Exhuma = exhumed).  More...

Thursday, May 30 2019 8:00 PM
8:15 pm Josh Allen - solo tenor saxophone
9:00 pm Josh Martin - solo electric bass

Joshua Allen has created his own personal language on the tenor saxophone, with an emphasis on polytonal and asymmetrical phrasing, as well as extending the range and sonic ability of the instrument. He does this with constant emphasis and study of the overtone series, and the generation of multiphonics from the application of this process. He is currently teaching Fellowship students at the Brubeck Institute at the University of Pacific. He was born in Berkeley, California in 1972. Like many of today’s prominent musicians, Mr. Allen was a product of the Berkeley public school system, studying saxophone starting at the age of nine under Phil Hardymon. He went on to study with such prominent Bay Area musicians as Bill Aron, Joe Henderson, and Rory Snyder. With his focus squarely on jazz composition and performance, Mr. Allen moved to Southern California in the early nineties to study with Rick Helzer at San Diego State. He became active in the Latin Jazz community, and worked with various musicians such as Dennis Chambers, and Eddie Palmieri. Mr. Allen’s return to the Bay Area in the mid 90s to finish his Bachelors degree at Sonoma State. His association with saxophonist Marco Eneidi led to working relationships with musicians such as Glen Spearmann, Matthew Goodheart, Damon Smith, and eventually Cecil Taylor.

Josh Martin is 1/3 of the band VOCO and 1/2 of the experimental unit Conan The Barbiturate- both heavily amplified endeavors. This will be his first formal solo bass set, and will use no effects or looping of any kind. Only a 1968 well-weathered Univox bass and a tiny amp.  More...

Thursday, June 6 2019 8:00 PM
8:15 pm Stevie Richards - Modular Synth and Alto saxophone, Doug Lynner - modular mystery serge synth
9:00 pm Robert Lopez - drums, Shanna Sordahl - cello, Stevie Richards - Modular Synth and Alto Sax

Stevie Richards is a Modular Synth Improviser and Saxophonist based in Melbourne , Australia. After retiring from full time work at age 18 and dedicating his life to being a lifetime musician, he was part of the 80’s Independent scene in Sydney, where he developed an appreciation for improvisation and electronic music. He has played for many years across Australia , USA , Europe and South East Asia working in many musical genres including : Noise , Free Jazz , Ambient , Electroacoustic and many more. His 2014 tour of Europe and USA featured DIY Serge Modular synth and collaborations performances with Ben Vida , Nicola Ratti, E-Da (ex Boredoms) as well as many solo performances. He played at Cave 12 in Geneva , Noodlebar in Rotterdam, DA Centre for the Arts in LA , Control Voltage in Seattle and many other venues across US and Europe. He toured Europe and USA again in May 2017 making return visits to Luggage Store in SF with a trio he established there in 2014 with Shanna Sordahl and Robert Lopez, also playing Coaxial in LA, Turn, Turn, Turn in Portland and performed live to air on Portland Radio station XRAY FM. In Europe he made return visits to Noodlebar in Rotterdam and established new connections in the London Free Jazz Scene playing with several projects in the SKRONK event schedule. Stevie has been involved with Make It Up Club (the worlds longest running weekly night of avant garde and improvised musical performance) in Melbourne for over 16 years as committee member and Sound Engineer. Seven years ago, he began to build DIY Analog Synthesizers , which he now performs on regularly in solo and ensemble contexts on DIY Buchla Music Easel and DIY Serge Modular. Outside of playing music he is busy developing skills in Audio Production and tutoring Ableton Live to disabled young people in Melbourne , Australia.  More...

Thursday, June 13 2019 8:00 PM
8:15 pm David Leikam - NS Design CR 6-string electric cello, electronic pedals
9:00 pm Antonic/Fischer
Thomas Antonic - text, recitation
Michael Fischer - ad-hoc soundscaping
A morphological text- and soundscape, richly allusive, drawn, sculpture-like, filmic, cross-linking, floating. Whirring visions form a coup of poetic escalation.

David Leikam is a San Francisco-based composer-performer and bandleader. Being born with cerebral palsy has affected his body and speech, giving him a distinct view into his creative arts/music process and being largely a self-taught multi-instrumentalist. He has performed and/or recorded with: Wadada Leo Smith, Pamela Z, Eddie Gale, Kidd Jordan, John Bergamo, Doug Ellington, Muruga Booker, James Gurley, Perry Robinson, Sikiru Adepoju, Jon Raskin, Timothy Orr, Patrick Cress, Sheila Bosco, amongst others.

Michael Fischer, musician, composer, improvised and experimental music / noise / soundscapes, instant composition conducting, working with the immanence of language within sounds and the electro-acoustic phenomenon of the feedback since 1999; developer of the “feedback_saxophone”. Founder of the Vienna Improvisers Orchestra (2004), cooperating with experimental and sound poetry. Numerous international collaborations with improvising musicians, composers and artist collectives such as Baby-Q dance comp. Tokyo, The Meeting Point Amsterdam, and others. Performances and tours in and through
Europe, Lebanon, Canada, USA, Japan, etc., Globale – ZKM Karlsruhe, Wien Modern, High Zero Festival Baltimore, Irtijal Festival Beirut, Bunka Kaikan Tokyo, STEIM, Muziekgebouw
Amsterdam; guest-lectures at The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Newcastle University UK, University for Architecture at Vaduz, Liechtenstein, a.m.o.

Thomas Antonic, poet, musician, writer, filmmaker, PhD in german literature and philosophy, working with and about experimental literature, multi-media intersections of music, visual arts, poetry, cut-up, improvisation, spontaneous prose and other principles of
coincidence. Numerous publications in German and English, most recent book in English language: Flickering Cave Paintings of Noxious Nightbirds (2017, published in Austria), plays several instruments and sings in different band projects, among them: William S. Burroughs Hurts, Night on Earth, The Sorry. Performances as writer and musician all over Europe, USA,
Morrocco, Chile. Visiting Researcher at Stanford University (2013) and Research Fellow at the University of California in Berkeley (2014/15). Lives and works mostly in Vienna, Austria.  More...

Thursday, June 20 2019 8:00 PM
VauxFlores Industrial Label Showcase
Usufruct, [ruidobello], Oa, Travis Johns

Usufruct (YOO-zoo-fruckt) is the right of the people to harvest the fruits of common property. The duo Usufruct, consisting of flutist, composer, vocalist/improviser Polly Moller Springhorn and computer musician Tim Walters, deconstructs, lovingly reassembles, and improvises around found texts and musical materials in the public domain.

[ruidobello] is Jorge Bachmann, a Sound Artist living and working in
San Francisco, California.

oa is Hugh Behm-Steinberg and Matt Davignon
Hugh Behm-Steinberg is the author of two books of poetry and two libretti: Terrible Things Will Happen But It’s Going to Be Okay: A Donner Party Opera with composer Guillermo Galindo, and a children’s
opera based on the Chinese folktale, The Clever Wife, which was commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera for their Opera to Go series. In 2015 his short story “Taylor Swift” won the Barthelme Prize for short fiction. He is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in creative writing at Stanford University and the recipient of an NEA fellowship. He’s a shop steward for the California College of the Arts Adjunct Faculty Union/SEIU 1021, where he teaches in the MFA Writing and BA Writing and Literature Programs.
Matt Davignon’s music is “fragile and gorgeous and stubbornly weird,” according to the SF Bay Guardian. He’s best known for combining drum machine and pre-recorded source material with a variety of electronic
processing devices to create shifting layers of organic and expressive sounds. His music is inspired by field recordings, natural sound phenomena, irregular and imperfect rhythms, and psychedelic, drone and
space music.

Travis Johns is a sound artist residing in Ithaca, NY, whose work includes performance, installation and printmaking, often incorporating electronic instruments of his own design. Active in the San Francisco Bay Area experimental music scene for several years, Johns moved to Costa Rica in 2011 where he collaborated extensively with visual artist Paulina Velazquez-Solis on Raro, an immersive sound and sculpture installation that represented Costa Rica in the 2013 Biennial of the Central American Isthmus (BAVIC). Since returning to
the states, first to Baltimore and later to Ithaca, he’s continued to apply his trade as a composer, educator and sound artist under the nom de plume of VauxFlores. He holds a B.M. In Technology in Music and Related Arts from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, studies conducted with Tom Lopez, as well as an MFA from Mills College in Electronic Music and Recording Media, studies conducted with Chris Brown, Les Stuck and Hilda Paredes. He has participated in residencies at such places as the Atlantic Center for the Arts and RPI’s Create @ iEar, and has had work featured by/at el Museo Centroamericano de Arte Video (MUCEVI), the
Electronic Music Foundation, Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), the Bienarte 8 Costa Rican Biennial, el Museo Nacional de Costa Rica, MAC Panama, The California Academy of Sciences, Alianza Francesa de Guatemala, The Lab (San Francisco), Battery Townsley (Marin County, Ca), Rhizome DC (Washington DC) and Cornell University.

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