OutWest Concert Series | Scott Gates and The Salty Suites
OutWest Concert Series
Scott Gates and The Salty Suites
OutWest Boutique & Cultural Center
Old Town Newhall, Santa Clarita, CA
June 25, 2011
ABOUT THE BAND
Scott Gates, Chuck Hailes, Chelsea Williams and Elaine Gregston are Salty Suites. Scott on vocals, mandolin and guitar; Chuck on bass and vocals; Chelsea Williams brings vocals and guitar, all bringing amazing musical expertise in both original compositions and covers ranging from old Ireland to current hits.
Scott Gates was born and raised in Southern California. He began learning piano at age 3, and mandolin at age 7, studying under master mandolinist Evan J. Marshall of Los Angeles for six years. By 13 Scott established his own bluegrass bands (Pacific Ocean Bluegrass; The Scott Gates Band), winning several mandolin and band competitions. At age 16 and 17, Scott was pleased to gain such opportunities as playing with comedian/actor/banjo player Steve Martin on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, guesting with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, performing often with John McEuen, and recording with musical legend Kenny Loggins. Scott placed his own bands on hiatus, finished high school a year early, and joined the traveling Nathan McEuen Band. At 18, Scott and band mate Chuck Hailes began a new collaborative effort, The Salty Suites.
Chuck Hailes brings a background in bluegrass, original musical gems, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classical Music on the Upright Bass. Chuck sings and plays in a way that is uniquely his own, is in great demand as a session player, teaches the bass, and takes his expertise directly to young children in the schools, teaching FUNdamentals of Music and Movement.
Elaine Gregston was born and raised in rural West Texas, and began her education in classical piano at an early age. She participated in many local competitions for classical music and was privileged to attend the Bosendorfer International Academy of Music in Vienna, Austria under the direction of Krassimira Jordan, (Artist in Residence, Baylor University). Elaine believes strongly that music education plays a vital role in the development of young minds. She taught privately for many years, and continues to spread her love of music to children through her work in FUNdamentals of Music and Movement.