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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.

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

  • 2021 San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta, BC, Mexico (Gregg Wright Band, Headliner)

  • 2021 San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta, BC, Mexico (Mike Wheeler)

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

  • 2019 Lawndale Blues Festival, LA (Awesome Blue Band)

  • 2019 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 Leimert Park Village Heritage Festival, LA (Gregg Wright)

  • 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, Gee Mack, 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

  • 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

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

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Baja Blues Fest
Baja Blues Fest

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Baja Blues Fest
Baja Blues Fest

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"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

  • Laurie Morvan Band
    Sun, May 29
    Big Blue Music & Brews Festival
    May 29, 3:00 PM
    Big Blue Music & Brews Festival, South Lake Tahoe, CA
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  • Laurie Morvan Band
    Sat, Jun 11
    Casuelas Cafe
    Jun 11, 7:00 PM
    Casuelas Cafe, 73703 Hwy 111, Palm Desert, CA 92260
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  • Laurie Morvan Band
    Sun, Jun 19
    Old Town Blues Club
    Jun 19, 1:30 PM
    Old Town Blues Club, 28636 Old Town Front St, Temecula, CA 92590
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  • Laurie Morvan Band
    Fri, Jul 01
    Sly McFly's
    Jul 01, 9:00 PM
    Sly McFly's, 700 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940
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  • Laurie Morvan Band
    Sat, Jul 02
    Murphys Irish Pub
    Jul 02, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Murphys Irish Pub, 415 Main St, Murphys, CA 95247
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  • Laurie Morvan Band
    Tue, Jul 05
    The Village at Palisades Tahoe
    Jul 05, 6:00 PM
    The Village at Palisades Tahoe, 1960 Palisades Tahoe Rd, Olympic Valley, CA 96146
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  • Laurie Morvan Band
    Wed, Jul 06
    The Barlow
    Jul 06, 5:00 PM – Jul 07, 7:30 PM
    The Barlow, 6770 McKinley St, Sebastopol, CA 95472
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  • Laurie Morvan Band
    Thu, Jul 07
    Fairytale Town
    Jul 07, 7:00 PM
    Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Dr, Sacramento, CA 95822
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  • Laurie Morvan Band
    Fri, Jul 08
    Twin Pine Casino
    Jul 08, 9:00 PM – Jul 09, 1:00 AM
    Twin Pine Casino, 22223 California 29, MIddletown, CA 95461
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  • Laurie Morvan Band
    Sat, Jul 09
    Twin Pine Casino
    Jul 09, 9:00 PM – Jul 10, 1:00 AM
    Twin Pine Casino, 22223 California 29, MIddletown, CA 95461
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  • Laurie Morvan Band
    Sun, Jul 10
    Powerhouse Pub
    Jul 10, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Powerhouse Pub, 614 Sutter St, Folsom, CA 95630
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  • Laurie Morvan Band
    Sat, Jul 16
    Casuelas Cafe
    Jul 16, 7:00 PM
    Casuelas Cafe, 73703 Hwy 111, Palm Desert, CA 92260
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  • Laurie Morvan Band
    Wed, Jul 20
    Club Fox
    Jul 20, 7:00 PM
    Club Fox, 2209 Broadway, Redwood City, CA 94063
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  • Laurie Morvan Band
    Fri, Jul 22
    BlueFrog Studios
    Jul 22, 7:00 PM
    BlueFrog Studios, 1328 Johnston Rd, White Rock, BC V4B 3Z2, Canada
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  • Laurie Morvan Band
    Sat, Jul 23
    Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival
    Jul 23, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival, 9167 Glover Rd, Langley, BC V1M 4G2, Canada
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  • Laurie Morvan Band
    Sun, Jul 24
    Rocky Point Park
    Jul 24, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Rocky Point Park, 2800 Murray St, 2800 Port Moody, BC V3H 1X2, Canada
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  • Laurie Morvan Band
    Tue, Jul 26
    Riverside Park Band Shell
    Jul 26, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Riverside Park Band Shell, 100 Lorne St, Kamloops, BC V2C 1V9, Canada
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  • Laurie Morvan Band
    Thu, Jul 28
    Balfour Beach Inn
    Jul 28, 8:00 PM
    Balfour Beach Inn, 8406 Busk Road, Balfour, BC V0G 1C1, Canada
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