George Benson has the rare dis/nc/on of being in the pop consciousness while remaining in the pantheon of jazz greats. The iconic guitarist/vocalist/songwriter fearlessly follows his muse—the melody—across genres, eras, and perceived expecta/ons with elegance and imagina/on. Benson embodies jazz’s improvisatory spirit, restlessly shapeshiCing and searching while retaining his own elegant essence: his honeyed vocals, guitar lines that veer from lyrical to dazzling, and his penchant for slick grooves from blazing be-bop to sultry neo-soul.
“When I grab my instrument, I ask myself this ques/on: How come no one has ever explored this? I am constantly puMng new tools in my arsenal, and I’ve also invented a few things along the way,” the pop-jazz-R&B legend says with a good-natured laugh.
With 36 studio albums, and 8 live albums, the 10-/me Grammy-winner has summited the pop, R&B, soul, and jazz charts. His 1976, three-/me Grammy-winning album, Breezin’, boas/ng the pop-jazz vocal smash “This Masquerade,” topped the jazz, pop, and R&B charts and remains one of the best-selling jazz albums of all /me—it has since been cer/fied 3x pla/num. Benson’s 1980 smash, “Give Me The Night,” produced by Quincy Jones and wri]en by Rod Temperton (Michael Jackson), rocketed to the top of the soul single charts. In 2009, Benson was awarded the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship— the highest honor that our na/on bestows on jazz ar/sts. In addi/on, Benson has rightly earned a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star and honorary doctorate degrees from Morris Brown College and the Berklee College of Music.
The Factory at The District no longer requires proof of Covid-19 vaccinations or negative Covid-19 tests, unless otherwise required by an artist for their upcoming show at our venue.
If you are planning to attend or purchase a ticket to an upcoming show, we ask that you visit that show’s event page here on TheFactorySTL.com to see what specific Covid-19 policies might be in place, as each show may have different restrictions. Face masks are still encouraged, but are no longer mandatory.
The following shows observe a Covid-19 policy:
Glass Animals | 03.23
David Spade | 04.02
Olivia Rodrigo | 04.20
Still Woozy | 06.01
For shows that require a negative Covid-19 test, a list of free St. Louis Testing Sites can be found at fctry.live/TESTSITES
Proof of vaccination & negative Covid test can be a physical copy or mobile photo, but must match photo ID and be presented upon entry.
Stay tuned to The Factory’s social media accounts and website for the most up-to-date information.
Please also be aware that The Factory is an almost totally cashless facility. Tickets can be purchased at our box office with all major credit cards and with Apple Pay. Concession at our bars can be purchased with all major credit cards and with Apple Pay. Band merchandise sales will accept all major credit cards and cash.