ZZ Top plays Aug. 15 at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts.

The Wells Fargo Center for the Arts will open its 31st season with a concert Aug. 15 by ZZ Top and close it May 8, 2013, with a performance of “The Pirates of Penzance” by New York’s Gilbert & Sullivan Players.

The season includes 45 new shows in all. Other highlights include jazz singer and pianist Diana Krall on Aug. 28, blues legend B.B. King on Nov. 2, and comedian Bill Cosby on Feb. 8.

Series offerings include National Geographic Live, Family Fun and Copperfield’s Books Renowned Speaker Series.

Tickets go on Friday, June 15, at the center. Information  and full schedule: wellsfargocenterarts.org, 536-3600.