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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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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.

  • Feb 2023 "Forever Motown" with New York Original Cast; Merced, CA & Lancaster, CA

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

  • 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

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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

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Upcoming/Past Performances

  • In The Groove feat. La Rhonda Lewis
    In The Groove feat. La Rhonda Lewis
    Sun, Mar 03
    La Louisanne
    Mar 03, 2024, 8:00 PM – Mar 04, 2024, 12:00 AM
    La Louisanne, 5812 Overhill Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90043
    Mar 03, 2024, 8:00 PM – Mar 04, 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, Mar 04
    La Louisanne
    Mar 04, 2024, 8:00 PM – Mar 05, 2024, 12:00 AM
    La Louisanne, 5812 Overhill Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90043
    Mar 04, 2024, 8:00 PM – Mar 05, 2024, 12:00 AM
    La Louisanne, 5812 Overhill Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90043
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  • Johnny Burgin
    Johnny Burgin
    Tue, Mar 05
    Coomber Craft Wines
    Mar 05, 2024, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Coomber Craft Wines, 611 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92054, USA
    Mar 05, 2024, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Coomber Craft Wines, 611 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92054, USA
    Email lisa@coomberwines.com for reservations. $20. Rob Lamonica opens. Johnny hits 7:30
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  • In The Groove feat. La Rhonda Lewis
    In The Groove feat. La Rhonda Lewis
    Wed, Mar 06
    La Louisanne
    Mar 06, 2024, 8:00 PM – Mar 07, 2024, 12:00 AM
    La Louisanne, 5812 Overhill Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90043
    Mar 06, 2024, 8:00 PM – Mar 07, 2024, 12:00 AM
    La Louisanne, 5812 Overhill Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90043
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  • Lowdown Knights
    Lowdown Knights
    Sat, Mar 09
    Doc's Inn
    Mar 09, 2024, 8:00 PM – Mar 10, 2024, 12:00 AM
    Doc's Inn, 23912 Lyons Ave, Santa Clarita, CA 91321
    Mar 09, 2024, 8:00 PM – Mar 10, 2024, 12:00 AM
    Doc's Inn, 23912 Lyons Ave, Santa Clarita, CA 91321
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  • In The Groove feat. La Rhonda Lewis
    In The Groove feat. La Rhonda Lewis
    Sun, Mar 10
    La Louisanne
    Mar 10, 2024, 8:00 PM – Mar 11, 2024, 12:00 AM
    La Louisanne, 5812 Overhill Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90043
    Mar 10, 2024, 8:00 PM – Mar 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
    Mon, Mar 11
    La Louisanne
    Mar 11, 2024, 8:00 PM – Mar 12, 2024, 12:00 AM
    La Louisanne, 5812 Overhill Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90043
    Mar 11, 2024, 8:00 PM – Mar 12, 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, Mar 13
    La Louisanne
    Mar 13, 2024, 8:00 PM – Mar 14, 2024, 12:00 AM
    La Louisanne, 5812 Overhill Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90043
    Mar 13, 2024, 8:00 PM – Mar 14, 2024, 12:00 AM
    La Louisanne, 5812 Overhill Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90043
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  • Lowdown Knights
    Lowdown Knights
    Sat, Apr 13
    Doc's Inn
    Apr 13, 2024, 8:00 PM – Apr 14, 2024, 12:00 AM
    Doc's Inn, 23912 Lyons Ave, Santa Clarita, CA 91321
    Apr 13, 2024, 8:00 PM – Apr 14, 2024, 12:00 AM
    Doc's Inn, 23912 Lyons Ave, Santa Clarita, CA 91321
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  • Chicago's Melvin Taylor Tour
    Chicago's Melvin Taylor Tour
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, May 11
    Topanga Blues Fest;Malaineys;Maui Sugar
    May 11, 2024, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Topanga Blues Fest;Malaineys;Maui Sugar, 1419 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, CA 90290, USA
    May 11, 2024, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Topanga Blues Fest;Malaineys;Maui Sugar, 1419 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, CA 90290, USA
    Visit: https://cadillaczackpresents.com/ for more info, tickets
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  • Chicago's Melvin Taylor Tour
    Chicago's Melvin Taylor Tour
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, May 12
    Topanga Blues Fest;Malaineys;Maui Sugar
    May 12, 2024, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Topanga Blues Fest;Malaineys;Maui Sugar, 1419 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, CA 90290, USA
    May 12, 2024, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Topanga Blues Fest;Malaineys;Maui Sugar, 1419 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, CA 90290, USA
    Visit: https://cadillaczackpresents.com/ for more info, tickets
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  • Chicago's Melvin Taylor Tour
    Chicago's Melvin Taylor Tour
    Multiple Dates
    Mon, May 13
    Topanga Blues Fest;Malaineys;Maui Sugar
    May 13, 2024, 8:00 PM – May 14, 2024, 12:00 AM
    Topanga Blues Fest;Malaineys;Maui Sugar, 1419 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, CA 90290, USA
    May 13, 2024, 8:00 PM – May 14, 2024, 12:00 AM
    Topanga Blues Fest;Malaineys;Maui Sugar, 1419 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, CA 90290, USA
    Visit: https://cadillaczackpresents.com/ for more info, tickets
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  • Chicago's Luke Pytel Tour
    Chicago's Luke Pytel Tour
    Multiple Dates
    Fri, May 31
    Location is TBD
    May 31, 2024, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    May 31, 2024, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Location is TBD
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  • Chicago's Luke Pytel Tour
    Chicago's Luke Pytel Tour
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Jun 01
    Location is TBD
    Jun 01, 2024, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    Jun 01, 2024, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Location is TBD
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  • Chicago's Luke Pytel Tour
    Chicago's Luke Pytel Tour
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, Jun 02
    Location is TBD
    Jun 02, 2024, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    Jun 02, 2024, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Location is TBD
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  • Chicago's Luke Pytel Tour
    Chicago's Luke Pytel Tour
    Multiple Dates
    Mon, Jun 03
    Location is TBD
    Jun 03, 2024, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    Jun 03, 2024, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Location is TBD
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  • In The Groove feat. La Rhonda Lewis
    In The Groove feat. La Rhonda Lewis
    Wed, Feb 28
    La Louisanne
    Feb 28, 2024, 8:00 PM – Feb 29, 2024, 12:00 AM
    La Louisanne, 5812 Overhill Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90043
    Feb 28, 2024, 8:00 PM – Feb 29, 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, Feb 26
    La Louisanne
    Feb 26, 2024, 8:00 PM – Feb 27, 2024, 12:00 AM
    La Louisanne, 5812 Overhill Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90043
    Feb 26, 2024, 8:00 PM – Feb 27, 2024, 12:00 AM
    La Louisanne, 5812 Overhill Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90043
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