DRUMMER
PERCUSSIONIST

Watching Robert Gates play drums is a study in passionate musicianship. He puts his all into every piece - body, mind, and soul. Ranging from blues to rock, funk to gospel, Robert finds the heart in each and every song he plays.

"Brother Robert is one of the hardest working drummers in the business!" - Gregg Wright

 




HISTORY:  THE MAN BEHIND THE KIT

Performance Styles: Chicago Style Blues, Jazz, R & B, Funk, Classic Rock, Gospel, Latin.

  • 2019 Los Angeles Black Music & Film Festival Awards (Drum Technician)

  • 2019 Lawndale Blues Festival, LA

  • 2019 Leimert Park Village Heritage Festival, LA

  • Feb/Mar 2019 Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine "On The Road" First Call L.A. Drummer

  • 2019 San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta, BC, Mexico

  • 2018 Leimert Park Village Heritage Festival, LA

  • 2018 Baja Blues Fest, Rosarito, BC, Mexico

  • 2018 San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta, BC, Mexico

  • In LA: Performed with: Gregg Wright King of the Rockin' Blues, Awesome Blue Band, Southside Slim, Gee Mack, Rosa Lee Brooks, Tutu Jones (Cadillac Zack LA Tour)

  • In Illinois: '91 Chicago Blues Fest w/Betty Everett, '98 w/Nolan Struck and King Edward, '15 Illinois State Fair w/Carrie Lyn Infusion

  • In Iowa: Waterloo Music Festival w/Avey Brothers

  • Performed with: Iowa Hall of Famers George & Gil Davis of Sumpin' Doo, Tina Haase Findlay, Janey Hooper, Scot Sutherland

  • Toured with Stan Mosley Blues Band

  • Recorded with: Gregg Wright, Carrie Lyn Infusion, Emery Williams, John Bruhnke, Tina Haase Findlay

  • Performed with: Buddy Guy, Linsey Alexander, Howard and Sir Walter Scott and the World Band, John Bruhnke, Professor Eddie Lusk, Charles Crane, Chicago Bears Band, Valerie Wellington, Holle 'THEE' Maxwell

  • Opened for: Lil' Milton, Otis Clay

  • Exodus Drum & Bugle Corps Instructor

  • Johnny Lee Lane at Eastern Illinois University

  • Private Clinics: Billy Cobham, Ed Shaughnessy (Tonight Show), Art Farmer

  • Mardi Gras Rex Parade, New Orleans

  • American Conservatory of Music, Chicago

  • Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with Michael Hanes

  • U.S. Army Band

  • Centralia, IL HS with David Drillinger

 

"Music is the variation of sound and silence. I believe silence has as much value as sound...because the meter keeps going.”

Robert Gates

 
 

Upcoming Dates

Mike Wheeler Blues Review - Mexico/SoCal Tour 2020
POSTPONED
La Ventana Del Mar Golf and Beach Resort
POSTPONED
La Ventana Del Mar Golf and Beach Resort, San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico
The San Felipe Blues and Arts Fiesta has been POSTPONED until October 2nd & 3rd with dates for the Mike Wheeler Tour TBD!
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Michael Gliona's 1st Thursday BLUES
Thu, Jul 02
Barbara Morrison's Facebook page
Jul 02, 7:00 PM
Barbara Morrison's Facebook page
SPECIAL STREAMING-ONLY EDITION LIVE from the Barbara Morrison Center
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Losin' Hand
Fri, Jun 12
The Mixx
Jun 12, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
The Mixx, 443 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA
With Guitar Jack, Matt Bragg, Adolphus Beal, and Jimmy James Powers
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Moondogg
Sat, Mar 07
New Starboard Attitude
Mar 07, 9:00 PM – Mar 08, 1:30 AM
New Starboard Attitude, 202 The Pier, Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
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Southside Slim's Musical Gumbo
Sat, Feb 29
Roscoe's Jazz Lounge
Feb 29, 8:00 PM – Mar 01, 12:00 AM
Roscoe's Jazz Lounge, 730 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
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Rosa Lee Brooks, Gregg Wright, and the Brooks Project Band
Wed, Feb 19
Seven Grand DTLA
Feb 19, 10:00 PM – Feb 20, 1:00 AM
Seven Grand DTLA, 515 W 7th St 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA
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The Midnight Blues Revue feat. Sonny Green
Sat, Feb 15
Seven Grand (DTLA)
Feb 15, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Seven Grand (DTLA), 515 W 7th St 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA
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The Midnight Blues Revue feat. Sonny Green
Sat, Feb 08
Seven Grand (DTLA)
Feb 08, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Seven Grand (DTLA), 515 W 7th St 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA
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Southside Slim's Musical Gumbo
Fri, Feb 07
Roscoe's Jazz Lounge
Feb 07, 8:00 PM – Feb 08, 12:00 AM
Roscoe's Jazz Lounge, 730 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
feat. The 3 Diamonds
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Rockin' Johnny Burgin - Private Party, Phoenix, AZ
Fri, Jan 24
Private Party
Jan 24, 7:00 PM
Private Party, Phoenix, AZ, USA
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Awesome Blue @ Starboard Attitude (Redondo Beach)
Sat, Jan 11
Starboard Attitude
Jan 11, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Starboard Attitude, 202 Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
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Moondogg
Sat, Jan 04
New Starboard Attitude
Jan 04, 9:00 PM – Jan 05, 1:30 AM
New Starboard Attitude, 202 The Pier, Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
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Seven Grand with Sonny Green, Lester Lands & Rick Taub
Sat, Dec 14
Seven Grand (DTLA)
Dec 14, 2019, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Seven Grand (DTLA), 515 W 7th St 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA
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Moondogg
Sat, Dec 07
New Starboard Attitude
Dec 07, 2019, 9:00 PM – Dec 08, 2019, 1:30 AM
New Starboard Attitude, 202 The Pier, Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
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Southside Slim's Musical Gumbo
Fri, Dec 06
Roscoe's Jazz Lounge
Dec 06, 2019, 8:00 PM – Dec 07, 2019, 12:00 AM
Roscoe's Jazz Lounge, 730 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
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Awesome Blue
Sun, Nov 24
New Starboard Attitude
Nov 24, 2019, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
New Starboard Attitude, 202 Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
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Moondogg
Sat, Nov 23
New Starboard Attitude
Nov 23, 2019, 9:00 PM – Nov 24, 2019, 1:30 AM
New Starboard Attitude, 202 The Pier, Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
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Awesome Blue - Jan Williams' 80th Bday Party
Sat, Nov 16
Early Riders MC
Nov 16, 2019, 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Early Riders MC, 22900 Roscoe Blvd, Canoga Park, CA 91304, USA
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Seven Grand with Sonny Green, Lester Lands & Rick Taub
Sat, Nov 02
Seven Grand
Nov 02, 2019, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Seven Grand, 515 W 7th St 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA
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Private Party
Sat, Oct 26
Location is TBD
Oct 26, 2019, 8:00 PM – Oct 27, 2019, 12:00 AM
Location is TBD
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Awesome Blue CD Release Party
Sat, Oct 19
American Legion Post 507
Oct 19, 2019, 8:00 PM – Oct 20, 2019, 12:00 AM
American Legion Post 507, Santa Clarita, CA, USA
Jam to follow
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Moondogg
Sat, Oct 05
New Starboard Attitude
Oct 05, 2019, 9:00 PM – Oct 06, 2019, 1:30 AM
New Starboard Attitude, 202 The Pier, Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
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Los Angeles Black Music and Film Awards
Sun, Sep 29
Globe Theatre
Sep 29, 2019, 5:00 PM
Globe Theatre, 740 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA
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Guitar Jack Band
Tue, Sep 24
The Mixx
Sep 24, 2019, 8:00 PM – Sep 25, 2019, 12:00 AM
The Mixx, 443 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA
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Seven Grand with Sonny Green, Lester Lands & Rick Taub
Sat, Sep 21
Seven Grand
Sep 21, 2019, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Seven Grand, 515 W 7th St 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA
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Awesome Blue
Sun, Sep 15
New Starboard Attitude
Sep 15, 2019, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
New Starboard Attitude, 202 Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
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Rockin' Blues in Lawndale 7th Annual Blues Festival - with Awesome Blue
Sat, Sep 14
Jane Addams Park
Sep 14, 2019, 4:00 PM
Jane Addams Park, 15114 Firmona Ave, Lawndale, CA 90260, USA
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Nasty Bad Habit
Sun, Sep 08
New Starboard Attitude
Sep 08, 2019, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
New Starboard Attitude, 202 Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277, USA
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Moondogg
Sat, Sep 07
New Starboard Attitude
Sep 07, 2019, 9:00 PM – Sep 08, 2019, 1:00 AM
New Starboard Attitude, 202 The Pier, Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277, USA
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Awesome Blue
Sat, Sep 07
New Starboard Attitude
Sep 07, 2019, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
New Starboard Attitude, 202 The Pier, Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277, USA
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Roy Jones Sr.
Thu, Sep 05
The Little Easy
Sep 05, 2019, 9:00 PM – Sep 06, 2019, 12:00 AM
The Little Easy, 216 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA
With Dr. Alphonso White and Ron Battle
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Gregg Wright King of the Rockin' Blues Band
Mon, Sep 02
Leimert Park Village Festival
Sep 02, 2019, 6:00 PM
Leimert Park Village Festival, Leimert Park, Los Angeles, CA, USA
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CONTACT ROBERT:

 

224-600-4229

Los Angeles, CA

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