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Firehouse Arts Center's 7th season begins today

Diverse concerts and shows in 2016-17 lineup

Pleasanton's Firehouse Arts Center begins its seventh theater season Saturday with a lineup of legendary names, Bay Area theater productions, comedy, blues and jazz, and magic.

The 2016-17 season opens with vocal powerhouse Ariana Savalas (Telly's daughter) at 8 p.m., Saturday. Also in September are the Bird Dogs with their tribute to the Everly Brothers on Sept. 10, and the Young Dubliners on Sept. 30.

"We have a lot of recognizable, iconic names and sounds this season, juxtaposed against exciting names people may not know but who will blow your socks off," said Rob Vogt, who supervises the intimate 227-seat theater.

Marc Broussard and his band, billed as "Soulful Bayou Blues, will perform Oct. 14.

"Just Broussard alone with his guitar can make the walls rumble," Vogt said.

WeBanjo3, which holds All-Ireland titles due to its "flamboyant mix of Irish, bluegrass and old-time music," will come in mid-February, then folk music will continue with the Hunts from the southlands of Virginia on April 22.

The Firehouse's popular tribute concert lineup, in addition to the Everly Brothers, includes the music of the Kingston Trio, Barbra Streisand, John Denver, Elvis and Led Zeppelin. Another returning favorite will be Spencer Day in March.

The season will also include the Cashore Marionettes, Oct. 21-22, which perform to music without dialogue.

"With the intricacy of the marionettes and simple hand gestures, what they are able to convey is incredible and profound," Vogt said.

Comedians taking to the stage include 3 Blonde Moms, Four Bitchin' Babes, and a Big Fat Year-End Kiss-Off.

Musicals by resident professional troupe Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre will be "My Fair Lady," "Anything Goes" and "Evita!"

Civic Arts Stage Company, the city's children's theater program in collaboration with Bay Area Children's Theatre, is staging "The Phantom Tollbooth Jr." in September, "Getting to Know ... The Sound of Music" in December, and "Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr." in March.

Pleasanton's teen improv troupe Creatures of Impulse will round out the theater programming with long- and short-form improv shows.

The season wraps up May 21 with Women of the World, the international a cappella quartet that performs original and traditional music with contemporary twists -- and in 29 languages.

A plus for everyone attending shows in the theater is the chance to view the current exhibits at the Harrington Gallery in the arts center. Also, in the lobby, Pleasanton's own Cellar Door Wine Bar offers a variety of wine, beer and noshes, which can be enjoyed inside the theater.

Tickets for Season 7 are now for sale; go to www.firehousearts.org, call 931-4848 or purchase at the theater box office, 4444 Railroad Ave.

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