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

 




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)

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

  • In Iowa: Waterloo Music Festival w/Avey Brothers

  • 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, 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

 

"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 Dates

  • 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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  • Michael Gliona's 1st Thursday BLUES
    Thu, Jul 02
    Barbara Morrison's Facebook page
    Jul 02, 2020, 7:00 PM
    Barbara Morrison's Facebook page
    SPECIAL STREAMING-ONLY EDITION LIVE from the Barbara Morrison Center
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  • Losin' Hand
    Fri, Jun 12
    The Mixx
    Jun 12, 2020, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    The Mixx, 443 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA
    With Guitar Jack, Matt Bragg, Adolphus Beal, and Jimmy James Powers
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  • Moondogg
    Sat, Mar 07
    New Starboard Attitude
    Mar 07, 2020, 9:00 PM – Mar 08, 2020, 1:30 AM
    New Starboard Attitude, 202 The Pier, Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
    Share
  • Southside Slim's Musical Gumbo
    Sat, Feb 29
    Roscoe's Jazz Lounge
    Feb 29, 2020, 8:00 PM – Mar 01, 2020, 12:00 AM
    Roscoe's Jazz Lounge, 730 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
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  • Rosa Lee Brooks, Gregg Wright, and the Brooks Project Band
    Wed, Feb 19
    Seven Grand DTLA
    Feb 19, 2020, 10:00 PM – Feb 20, 2020, 1:00 AM
    Seven Grand DTLA, 515 W 7th St 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA
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  • The Midnight Blues Revue feat. Sonny Green
    Sat, Feb 15
    Seven Grand (DTLA)
    Feb 15, 2020, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Seven Grand (DTLA), 515 W 7th St 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA
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  • The Midnight Blues Revue feat. Sonny Green
    Sat, Feb 08
    Seven Grand (DTLA)
    Feb 08, 2020, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Seven Grand (DTLA), 515 W 7th St 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA
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  • Southside Slim's Musical Gumbo
    Fri, Feb 07
    Roscoe's Jazz Lounge
    Feb 07, 2020, 8:00 PM – Feb 08, 2020, 12:00 AM
    Roscoe's Jazz Lounge, 730 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
    feat. The 3 Diamonds
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  • Rockin' Johnny Burgin - Private Party, Phoenix, AZ
    Fri, Jan 24
    Private Party
    Jan 24, 2020, 7:00 PM
    Private Party, Phoenix, AZ, USA
    Share
  • Awesome Blue @ Starboard Attitude (Redondo Beach)
    Sat, Jan 11
    Starboard Attitude
    Jan 11, 2020, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Starboard Attitude, 202 Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
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  • Moondogg
    Sat, Jan 04
    New Starboard Attitude
    Jan 04, 2020, 9:00 PM – Jan 05, 2020, 1:30 AM
    New Starboard Attitude, 202 The Pier, Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
    Share
  • Seven Grand with Sonny Green, Lester Lands & Rick Taub
    Sat, Dec 14
    Seven Grand (DTLA)
    Dec 14, 2019, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Seven Grand (DTLA), 515 W 7th St 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA
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  • Moondogg
    Sat, Dec 07
    New Starboard Attitude
    Dec 07, 2019, 9:00 PM – Dec 08, 2019, 1:30 AM
    New Starboard Attitude, 202 The Pier, Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
    Share
  • Southside Slim's Musical Gumbo
    Fri, Dec 06
    Roscoe's Jazz Lounge
    Dec 06, 2019, 8:00 PM – Dec 07, 2019, 12:00 AM
    Roscoe's Jazz Lounge, 730 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
    Share
  • Awesome Blue
    Sun, Nov 24
    New Starboard Attitude
    Nov 24, 2019, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    New Starboard Attitude, 202 Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
    Share
  • Moondogg
    Sat, Nov 23
    New Starboard Attitude
    Nov 23, 2019, 9:00 PM – Nov 24, 2019, 1:30 AM
    New Starboard Attitude, 202 The Pier, Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
    Share
  • Awesome Blue - Jan Williams' 80th Bday Party
    Sat, Nov 16
    Early Riders MC
    Nov 16, 2019, 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
    Early Riders MC, 22900 Roscoe Blvd, Canoga Park, CA 91304, USA
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  • Seven Grand with Sonny Green, Lester Lands & Rick Taub
    Sat, Nov 02
    Seven Grand
    Nov 02, 2019, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Seven Grand, 515 W 7th St 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA
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  • Private Party
    Sat, Oct 26
    Location is TBD
    Oct 26, 2019, 8:00 PM – Oct 27, 2019, 12:00 AM
    Location is TBD
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  • Awesome Blue CD Release Party
    Sat, Oct 19
    American Legion Post 507
    Oct 19, 2019, 8:00 PM – Oct 20, 2019, 12:00 AM
    American Legion Post 507, Santa Clarita, CA, USA
    Jam to follow
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  • Moondogg
    Sat, Oct 05
    New Starboard Attitude
    Oct 05, 2019, 9:00 PM – Oct 06, 2019, 1:30 AM
    New Starboard Attitude, 202 The Pier, Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
    Share
  • Los Angeles Black Music and Film Awards
    Sun, Sep 29
    Globe Theatre
    Sep 29, 2019, 5:00 PM
    Globe Theatre, 740 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA
    Share
  • Guitar Jack Band
    Tue, Sep 24
    The Mixx
    Sep 24, 2019, 8:00 PM – Sep 25, 2019, 12:00 AM
    The Mixx, 443 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA
    Share
  • Seven Grand with Sonny Green, Lester Lands & Rick Taub
    Sat, Sep 21
    Seven Grand
    Sep 21, 2019, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Seven Grand, 515 W 7th St 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA
    Share
  • Awesome Blue
    Sun, Sep 15
    New Starboard Attitude
    Sep 15, 2019, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    New Starboard Attitude, 202 Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
    Share
  • Rockin' Blues in Lawndale 7th Annual Blues Festival - with Awesome Blue
    Sat, Sep 14
    Jane Addams Park
    Sep 14, 2019, 4:00 PM
    Jane Addams Park, 15114 Firmona Ave, Lawndale, CA 90260, USA
    Share
  • Nasty Bad Habit
    Sun, Sep 08
    New Starboard Attitude
    Sep 08, 2019, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    New Starboard Attitude, 202 Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277, USA
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  • Moondogg
    Sat, Sep 07
    New Starboard Attitude
    Sep 07, 2019, 9:00 PM – Sep 08, 2019, 1:00 AM
    New Starboard Attitude, 202 The Pier, Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277, USA
    Share
  • Awesome Blue
    Sat, Sep 07
    New Starboard Attitude
    Sep 07, 2019, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    New Starboard Attitude, 202 The Pier, Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277, USA
    Share
  • Roy Jones Sr.
    Thu, Sep 05
    The Little Easy
    Sep 05, 2019, 9:00 PM – Sep 06, 2019, 12:00 AM
    The Little Easy, 216 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA
    With Dr. Alphonso White and Ron Battle
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  • Gregg Wright King of the Rockin' Blues Band
    Mon, Sep 02
    Leimert Park Village Festival
    Sep 02, 2019, 6:00 PM
    Leimert Park Village Festival, Leimert Park, Los Angeles, CA, USA
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CONTACT ROBERT:

 

224-600-4229

Los Angeles, CA

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