Scott Gates, the California High Desert's emerging artist, 16, is opening for Steve Smith and Chris Sanders of Las Cruces, New Mexico who are performing four rare California appearances during the first week of November. Steve and Chris bring you a most dynamic acoustic duo of original compositions and old favorites in the traditions of folk, rock, bluegrass and country. Scott Gates will join Steve and Chris during their set as well.
Make your reservations now at one or each of the places below:
Saturday, November 1st, 2008
High Desert Center for the Arts
Scott Gates and Steve Smith - 7:15 PM
15615 8th St. (x C Ave.)
Victorville, CA CA 92395 USA
760 243 7493
Sunday, November 2nd, 2008
Scott Gates and Steve Smith - 3:00 PM
4th Avenue & Island Streets
Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego CA USA
619 233 5008
At 4th Avenue and Island Street in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego,Calif. Historical music, games, arts, traditional trades andmachinery of the wild-west will be demonstrated throughout the day by dozens ofhistorical societies from around the county. Family Friends, $5.00, Kidsunder 2 are free! Look for the Scott Gates and Steve Smith Band. CDsavailable at the event.
Thursday, November 6th, 2008
Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace
Scott Gates opening Show - 7:00 PM
Steve Smith and Chris Sanders
53688 Pioneertown Road
Pioneer Town CA 92268 USA
760 365 5956
Price: No Cover
Scott Gates opens for Steve Smith & Chris Sanders for their first appearance at Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace! Steve and Chris, from New Mexico, and Scott from the High Desert, bring together their talents for a show beyond comparison. You'll hear a plethora of talent on mandolin, mandola, guitar and amazing vocals. Scott will also join Steve on stage for more fun than you have ever seen.
Friday, November 7th, 2008
Coffee Gallery - BACKSTAGE
With Scott Gates opening. - 7:30 PM
Steve Smith and Chris Saunders
2029 N. Lake Ave.
Altadena CA 91001 USA
626 398 7917
A truly great musician is a rare and special breed. The music created indeed holds the power to move and inspire the masses. It's even more awe-inspiring, when an artist of an incredible caliber emerges into the music industry with finely mastered finesse before they are even old enough to drive. Such is Scott Gates, a young but seasoned, professional musician at the ripe old age of 16.
Having begun his professional career at the age of nine, Gates is already a veteran in his field. His immense amount of talent, his accolades, credits and experiences as a professional musician, singer, songwriter and performer is extremely impressive for a veteran artist of any age.
Gates’ effort has earned himself a large fan base with recognition on both a national and worldwide level. Major music-related manufacturers of instruments and effects sponsor Gates with picks to mandolins. He has been featured on many media events and showcases across the nation from university radio programming and nationally syndicated radio shows to main-stage performances and placing first in multiple competitions. Touring throughout California to promote his music career and CD's, Gates’ talent carried him to quickly become a festival favorite, performing at numerous celebrated festivals, venues and private events.
These many credits and accolades do not end there, as his mastery of mandolin, competence as a songwriter and prowess as a performer well beyond his age, has also earned Gates the recognition, respect and the honor of sharing the stage with some of the most esteemed artists of the genre and sub-genre of bluegrass today, including John McEuen of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band fame.
By the age of 13, Gates had released two outstanding CD's. His first "Legacy" (Manzolin Records, January 2005) an absolute astounding folk and bluegrass smoker was recorded at the age of twelve. The second CD “Festival Kids” (Manzolin Records, June 2006) the 13-year-old Gates recorded with his band Pacific Ocean Bluegrass. Gates recently folded this teen band and is rehearsing his all-new Scott Gates Band for recording and touring purposes. The Scott Gates Band was recently hired to open for Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out (Rounder Records). Gates is currently collaborating on a new solo CD with Jonathan McEuen, (not to be confused with dad John McEuen) and preparing to go on a mini-tour of the southwest with Nathan McEuen (not to be confused with brother Jonathan).
When he is not busy pouring all he's got into creating and performing great music; into pursuing wholeheartedly his goals and destiny, Gates is inspiring others to do the same by performing in schools and teaching hands-on workshops.
Even beyond the many styles Gates’ performances already encompass, ranging from traditional bluegrass, Appalachian, folk, early American through to Celtic, Old Country Italian and Classical, he endeavors to pursue further musical goals and delve into performing in the genres of rock, jazz, blues and swing. Though his primary instrument is mandolin, Scott is also accomplished on the guitar, bass and as a vocalist.
Unquestionably, what Gates has already achieved is nothing less than amazing. The measure of success is limitless on what this exceptional young man can accomplish in the years to come.
Gates’ interests for the future lie in going on the road for a full United States tour; in expanding his tours to include Canada, Japan, the Mediterranean, The United Kingdom, and as much of Europe as possible to embrace fans everywhere. Gates is currently seeking and accepting sponsorship. Contact information can be obtained at www.scottgates.com or by visiting www.myspace.com/scottgatesmusic.
Steve Smith and Chris Sanders have been performing together for four years as a duo and in the Las Cruces based group Steve Smith and Hard Road. Their award winning song writing has landed them both best gospel and best instrumental at the New Mexico Music awards in 2006. They’ve continued to compose and perform together and their latest Hard Road CD “Only So Fast” includes ten originals (review in New Mexico Magazine July 2008) and features their strong duo blend that ranges from Old-time to modern along with stellar mandolin.