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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

Laurie Morvan Band at The Saloon in San Francisco, April 9, 2022

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

  • 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 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

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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

  • Awesome Blue
    Sun, Feb 12
    Ventura County Fairgrounds
    Feb 12, 10:30 AM
    Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W Harbor Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001
    17th Annual David Mann Chopper Fest: 8am-4pm Awesome Blue plays at 10:30
  • "Bo-Sticks" & The Silky Smooth Band
    Feb 17, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    The Mixx, 443 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101
    Featuring Hank Carbo & Lester Lands Dr. Alphonso White on keys Victor Purvis on bass Robert "Bo-Sticks" Gates on drums