Rick Wakeman will play a solo piano concert March 12, the latest in a series of benefit performances he is giving for ASSIST, a Christian organization based in Garden Grove.
The rock keyboard virtuoso, best known as a former member of Yes, will play in the main sanctuary of Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa at 3800 Fairview Road in Santa Ana. He will offer a career retrospective, drawing upon his rock years as well as his extensive recent catalogue of religious music.
Admission to the concert, at 7:30 p.m., will be free, although ASSIST will request donations. ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) promotes Christianity in the former Soviet Union. Its founder, Dan Wooding, is a former British music journalist who wrote a biography of Wakeman. (714) 530-6598.
CONTEST: The Yamaha Corp. of America (based in Buena Park) wants contestants for "Soundcheck," its eighth annual national competition for unsigned rock and pop talent. Five finalists will get $3,000 prizes, musical equipment and a chance to perform in Hollywood in August before a judging panel of music industry experts. The winner will get an all-expenses-paid performing trip to Japan.