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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

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Robert Gates  |  Drumming

Robert Gates | Drumming

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Gregg Wright . Cry Myself A River, August. 2018.

Mike Wheeler Blues Revue - That's What Love'll Make You Do - Oct '21

Tate Simms. I Wanna Be Your Lover. Naja's Place - Redondo Beach, May 21, 2023

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HISTORY:  THE MAN BEHIND THE KIT

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

  • 2023 Oropeza Middle School (Unified School District of Long Beach) Taught Semester of Percussion Workshop 

  • Oct 2023 San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta (Mike Wheeler Blues Revue, Headliner), Demetria Taylor Band, OJB Blues Revue, Austin Thomason Band

  • Oct 2022 San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta (Laurie Morvan Band, Headliner), Gregg Wright Band, Mike Wheeler Blues Revue

  • 2022 Touring with Laurie Morvan Band: NorCal Tour, BC & AB Canada Tour, Midwest Tour, and Southern Tour

  • 2021 San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta, BC, Mexico (Gregg Wright Band, Headliner) Mike Wheeler Blues Revue, Casey Hensley Band

  • 2021 Produced, Promoted, and Performed the Mike Wheeler Blues Revue SoCal/Mexico Tour '21

  • 2019 & 2018 Leimert Park Village Heritage Festival, LA (The Gregg Wright Band, Headliner)

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

  • 2019 San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta, BC, Mexico (Gregg Wright, and Michele Lundeen & Blues Streak)

  • 2018 Baja Blues Fest, Rosarito, BC, Mexico (Gregg Wright)

  • 2018 San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta, BC, Mexico (Gregg Wright)

  • In LA: Performed with: Gregg Wright King of the Rockin' Blues, Rosa Lee Brooks, Tutu Jones (Cadillac Zack LA Tour), Bernie Pearl, Sonny "Thee Bluesman" Green

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

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

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

  • Toured with Stan Mosley Blues Band

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

  • Exodus Drum & Bugle Corps Instructor

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

  • American Conservatory of Music, Chicago

  • Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with Michael Hanes

  • Mardi Gras Rex Parade, New Orleans

  • U. S. Army Band School of Music

  • Johnny Lee Lane at Eastern Illinois University (Summer band camps)

  • 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/Past Performances

  • In The Groove feat. La Rhonda Lewis
    In The Groove feat. La Rhonda Lewis
    Sun, Jun 16
    La Louisanne
    Jun 16, 2024, 8:00 PM – Jun 17, 2024, 12:00 AM
    La Louisanne, 5812 Overhill Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90043
    Jun 16, 2024, 8:00 PM – Jun 17, 2024, 12:00 AM
    La Louisanne, 5812 Overhill Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90043
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  • In The Groove feat. La Rhonda Lewis
    In The Groove feat. La Rhonda Lewis
    Mon, Jun 17
    La Louisanne
    Jun 17, 2024, 8:00 PM – Jun 18, 2024, 12:00 AM
    La Louisanne, 5812 Overhill Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90043
    Jun 17, 2024, 8:00 PM – Jun 18, 2024, 12:00 AM
    La Louisanne, 5812 Overhill Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90043
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  • In The Groove feat. La Rhonda Lewis
    In The Groove feat. La Rhonda Lewis
    Wed, Jun 19
    La Louisanne
    Jun 19, 2024, 8:00 PM – Jun 20, 2024, 12:00 AM
    La Louisanne, 5812 Overhill Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90043
    Jun 19, 2024, 8:00 PM – Jun 20, 2024, 12:00 AM
    La Louisanne, 5812 Overhill Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90043
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  • Latrice Cartwright Band
    Latrice Cartwright Band
    Sat, Jun 22
    4806 Colfax Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601
    Jun 22, 2024, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    4806 Colfax Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601
    Jun 22, 2024, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    4806 Colfax Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601
    Smooth Operator's "Chic" Hair Boutique 25th Anniversary - Comedian Host, Giveaways, Raffles, Live Music, Food & Fun!
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  • In The Groove feat. La Rhonda Lewis
    In The Groove feat. La Rhonda Lewis
    Sun, Jun 23
    La Louisanne
    Jun 23, 2024, 8:00 PM – Jun 24, 2024, 12:00 AM
    La Louisanne, 5812 Overhill Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90043
    Jun 23, 2024, 8:00 PM – Jun 24, 2024, 12:00 AM
    La Louisanne, 5812 Overhill Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90043
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  • In The Groove feat. La Rhonda Lewis
    In The Groove feat. La Rhonda Lewis
    Mon, Jun 24
    La Louisanne
    Jun 24, 2024, 8:00 PM – Jun 25, 2024, 12:00 AM
    La Louisanne, 5812 Overhill Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90043
    Jun 24, 2024, 8:00 PM – Jun 25, 2024, 12:00 AM
    La Louisanne, 5812 Overhill Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90043
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  • In The Groove feat. La Rhonda Lewis
    In The Groove feat. La Rhonda Lewis
    Wed, Jun 26
    La Louisanne
    Jun 26, 2024, 8:00 PM – Jun 27, 2024, 12:00 AM
    La Louisanne, 5812 Overhill Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90043
    Jun 26, 2024, 8:00 PM – Jun 27, 2024, 12:00 AM
    La Louisanne, 5812 Overhill Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90043
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  • Awesome Blue
    Awesome Blue
    Sat, Jun 29
    American Legion
    Jun 29, 2024, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    American Legion, 9026 Sunland Blvd, Sun Valley, CA 91352
    Jun 29, 2024, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    American Legion, 9026 Sunland Blvd, Sun Valley, CA 91352
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  • In The Groove feat. La Rhonda Lewis
    In The Groove feat. La Rhonda Lewis
    Sun, Jun 30
    La Louisanne
    Jun 30, 2024, 8:00 PM – Jul 01, 2024, 12:00 AM
    La Louisanne, 5812 Overhill Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90043
    Jun 30, 2024, 8:00 PM – Jul 01, 2024, 12:00 AM
    La Louisanne, 5812 Overhill Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90043
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  • The Score - Private Party
    The Score - Private Party
    Thu, Jul 04
    Huntington Beach, CA
    Jul 04, 2024, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Huntington Beach, CA
    Jul 04, 2024, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Huntington Beach, CA
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  • Orange County Blues Festival feat. Infinite Soul w/GINA GRAHAM
    Orange County Blues Festival feat. Infinite Soul w/GINA GRAHAM
    Sun, Aug 25
    Orange County Blues Festival
    Aug 25, 2024, 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Orange County Blues Festival, 604 E. Dyer Rd, Santa Ana, CA 92705
    Aug 25, 2024, 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Orange County Blues Festival, 604 E. Dyer Rd, Santa Ana, CA 92705
    Doors Open at 1:30pm For tickets: orangecountybluesfestival.com
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  • San Felipe International Blues and Arts Festival
    San Felipe International Blues and Arts Festival
    Fri, Oct 04
    San Felipe Int'l Blues & Arts Festival
    Oct 04, 2024, 12:00 PM – Oct 05, 2024, 6:00 PM
    San Felipe Int'l Blues & Arts Festival, 21850 San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico
    Oct 04, 2024, 12:00 PM – Oct 05, 2024, 6:00 PM
    San Felipe Int'l Blues & Arts Festival, 21850 San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico
    OJB Blues Revue (Headliner) & Austin Thomason Band
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  • Ky Michael Band
    Ky Michael Band
    Sat, Jun 15
    Starboard Attitude
    Jun 15, 2024, 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    Starboard Attitude, 202 The Pier, Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
    Jun 15, 2024, 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    Starboard Attitude, 202 The Pier, Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
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  • In The Groove feat. La Rhonda Lewis
    In The Groove feat. La Rhonda Lewis
    Wed, Jun 12
    La Louisanne
    Jun 12, 2024, 8:00 PM – Jun 13, 2024, 12:00 AM
    La Louisanne, 5812 Overhill Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90043
    Jun 12, 2024, 8:00 PM – Jun 13, 2024, 12:00 AM
    La Louisanne, 5812 Overhill Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90043
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  • In The Groove feat. La Rhonda Lewis
    In The Groove feat. La Rhonda Lewis
    Mon, Jun 10
    La Louisanne
    Jun 10, 2024, 8:00 PM – Jun 11, 2024, 12:00 AM
    La Louisanne, 5812 Overhill Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90043
    Jun 10, 2024, 8:00 PM – Jun 11, 2024, 12:00 AM
    La Louisanne, 5812 Overhill Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90043
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  • In The Groove feat. La Rhonda Lewis
    In The Groove feat. La Rhonda Lewis
    Sun, Jun 09
    La Louisanne
    Jun 09, 2024, 8:00 PM – Jun 10, 2024, 12:00 AM
    La Louisanne, 5812 Overhill Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90043
    Jun 09, 2024, 8:00 PM – Jun 10, 2024, 12:00 AM
    La Louisanne, 5812 Overhill Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90043
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  • Awesome Blue
    Awesome Blue
    Sat, Jun 08
    Vincent Hill Station
    Jun 08, 2024, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Vincent Hill Station, 553 Sierra Hwy, Acton, CA 93510
    Jun 08, 2024, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Vincent Hill Station, 553 Sierra Hwy, Acton, CA 93510
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  • Sonny Green, Lester Lands  -  Michael Gliona's 1st Thursday
    Sonny Green, Lester Lands  -  Michael Gliona's 1st Thursday
    Thu, Jun 06
    Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center
    Jun 06, 2024, 8:00 PM
    Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, 4305 Degnan Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008
    Jun 06, 2024, 8:00 PM
    Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, 4305 Degnan Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008
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