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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

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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

  • 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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  • Mike Wheeler Blues Revue - SoCal/Mexico Tour: 2021
    Oct 15, 6:00 PM – Oct 16, 6:00 PM
    El Dorado Ranch, 21850, San Felípe, B.C., Mexico
    San Felipe BLUES & Arts Fiesta
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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 Revue - SoCal/Mexico Tour: 2021
    Oct 13, 10:00 PM – Oct 14, 1:00 AM
    Seven Grand, 515 W 7th St #200, Los Angeles, CA 90014
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  • Mike Wheeler Blues Revue - SoCal/Mexico Tour: 2021
    Oct 11, 8:00 PM
    Maui Sugar Mill Saloon, 18389 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356
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  • Mike Wheeler Blues Revue SoCal/Mexico Tour:  2021
    Oct 10, 5:30 PM – Oct 16, 6:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    Tarzana, Long Beach, Los Angeles, CA, & San Felipe, MX Venues! Stay Tuned!!!
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  • Mike Wheeler Blues Revue - SoCal/Mexico Tour: 2021
    Oct 10, 5:30 PM
    Malainey's Grill, 168 N Marina Dr, Long Beach, CA 90803
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  • A Day of Music - 8 Hours of FREE Live Music! Supporting Long Beach NonProfits
    Sep 23, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
    DiPiazza's (or Stream Online), 5205 E. Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90804
    Playing with Bill Grisolia, Lester Lands, and the New Blues Festival All Stars!!! My Performance Time - TBA
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  • SOM Jam Night - featuring Robert Gates and Leo "Thunder" Hopkins
    Sep 21, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Roscoe's Seabird Jazz Lounge, 730 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802
    Sign up at 7:30 Open Mic starts at 8 Music, Comedy, Poetry
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  • Bill Grisolia & the New Blues Festival All Stars
    Sat, Sep 11
    Taps Brewery & Barrel Room
    Sep 11, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Taps Brewery & Barrel Room, 15501 Red Hill Ave, Tustin, CA 92780, USA
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  • Renown Band
    Fri, Sep 10
    La Puente Farmers Market
    Sep 10, 7:15 PM – 9:15 PM
    La Puente Farmers Market, 15900 Central Ave, La Puente, CA 91744
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  • Lester & Friends with Roy Jones, Sr.
    Sep 08, 10:00 PM – Sep 09, 1:00 AM
    SEVEN GRAND, 515 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
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  • Labor Day Funk Jam with Charlie Lake
    Sep 06, 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Rudy's LA, 5226 Pomona Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022
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  • SUNDAY BLUES & FUNK SHOW w/The Cisco Kid Blues Band
    Aug 29, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Rudy's LA, 5226 Pomona Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022
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  • Block Party
    Sat, Aug 28
    Block Party
    Aug 28, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PDT
    Block Party, 1115 W 81st Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90044
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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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  • Mozell's 80th Birthday with Bill Grisolia & The New Blues Festival All Stars
    Aug 07, 3:30 PM
    Location is TBD
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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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