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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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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)

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

  • 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, Mike Wheeler, 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

 
Baja Blues Fest
Baja Blues Fest

New Starboard Attitude - Redondo Beach
New Starboard Attitude - Redondo Beach

Baja Blues Fest
Baja Blues Fest

Baja Blues Fest
Baja Blues Fest

"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

  • Bernie Pearl Trio
    Mon, Jul 26
    Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center
    Jul 26, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, 4305 Degnan Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008
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  • "BLUES FOR ALL" FREE CONCERT
    Sat, Jul 31
    Cesar Chavez Park
    Jul 31, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Cesar Chavez Park, 401 Golden Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
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  • Michael Gliona's 1st Thursday BLUES with Sonny "Thee Bluesman" Green
    Thu, Aug 05
    Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center
    Aug 05, 8:30 PM PDT
    Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, 4305 Degnan Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008, USA
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  • Lester and Friends
    Sun, Aug 22
    Rudy's LA
    Aug 22, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Rudy's LA, 5226 Pomona Blvd, East Los Angeles, CA 90022, USA
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  • San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta
    Fri, Oct 15
    La Ventana Del Mar Golf and Beach Resort
    Oct 15, 5:00 PM – Oct 16, 6:00 PM
    La Ventana Del Mar Golf and Beach Resort, San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico
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  • 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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  • Bernie Pearl Trio
    Mon, Jul 19
    Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center
    Jul 19, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, 4305 Degnan Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008
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  • Bernie Pearl Trio
    Mon, Jul 12
    Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center
    Jul 12, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, 4305 Degnan Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008
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  • TRIPLE BLUES BLAST!!!
    Sun, Jul 11
    Rudy's LA
    Jul 11, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Rudy's LA, 5226 Pomona Blvd, East Los Angeles, CA 90022, USA
    Playing with Cisco Kid Blues Band 4-5pm Opening up for Ledbetter Blues, and The Tall Guy Blues Band Stay late for the jam to follow!
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  • Birthday Bash for Robert Watts
    Sat, Jul 03
    Private Party
    Jul 03, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Private Party, CA USA
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