Legendary singer, songwriter and guitarist George Benson is returning to Las Vegas for a special performance at the Sunset Amphitheater at Sunset Station on Saturday, September 16, 2017. Doors open at 7 p.m. (Photo credit: Vince Ricardel).
Located outdoors at Sunset Station, the Sunset Amphitheater is the perfect destination for a concert experience under the stars. Tickets for George Benson start at $20 plus tax and applicable fees and go on sale Friday, July 14, 2017 at 10 a.m.
George Benson was born and raised in the Hill District in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At the age of seven, he first played the ukulele in a corner drug store, for which he was paid a few dollars. At the age of eight, he played guitar in an unlicensed nightclub on Friday and Saturday nights, but the police soon closed the club down. At the age of 10, he recorded his first single record, “She Makes Me Mad,” with RCA-Victor in New York, under the name “Little Georgie.”
At the age of 21, he recorded his first album as leader, The New Boss Guitar, featuring McDuff. Benson’s next recording was It’s Uptown with the George Benson Quartet, including Lonnie Smith on organ and Ronnie Cuber on baritone saxophone. Benson followed it up with The George Benson Cookbook, also with Lonnie Smith and Ronnie Cuber on baritone and drummer Marion Booker. Miles Davis employed Benson in the mid-1960s, featuring his guitar on “Paraphernalia” on his 1968 Columbia release, Miles in the Sky before going to Verve Records.
In 1976, George Benson appeared as a guitarist and backup vocalist on Stevie Wonder’s song “Another Star” from Wonder’s album Songs in the Key of Life. His 1976 album Breezin was certified triple platinum, hitting number one on the Billboard charts. Subsequent albums, including In Flight, Livin’ Inside Your Love, Give Me the Night and In Your Eyes all achieved gold certification or higher. Benson has received multiple Grammy Awards, including “Record of the Year” for 1977’s “This Masquerade.” In July 2017, Benson mark’s his 40th anniversary and Ibanez has created a limited run of his signature guitars for the occasion.
Tickets to George Benson are $20, $30, $35 and $45 plus tax and applicable fees for reserved seating. All tickets go on sale Friday, July 14 at 10 a.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at any Station Casinos Reward Center and The Fiestas, by logging onto www.sclv.com/concerts or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. For more information, please visit www.sunsetstation.com.