The local hangout, known for packing its downstairs bar on weekends, wants to class it up upstairs for an older generation.
The bar will host its Friday Night Live Music Series in its moody upstairs lounge, with brick walls lit up by colored lights and a corner stage.
On Saturdays, upstairs will host comedians from the Bay Area.
Mike Corbett, marketing director, said he hopes classic music will bring in the 30 to 50 set who have been heading out of town for entertainment.
On Feb. 26, Aja Vu, a San Francisco-based Steely Dan tribute band, is the first to play the series.
The venue is booked for a couple months with Beatles and Boston tributes and other cover acts.
Steely Dan, a Grammy-winning 1970s rock band, is perhaps most popular for hits like “Do It Again,” “Reelin’ in the Years” and “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number.” It last toured in 2007 and occasionally plays festivals and shows around the world.
Ron Jamison, Aja Vu’s guitarist, said he looks forward to playing the intimate Great Plate show.
He said Aja Vu’s magic as a cover band lies in its vocalist Jim Starr, whose croon is a dead on Donald Fagen, singer for the real Steely Dan. The band retains the sound of original Steely Dan records the best it can, he said.
“Steely Dan is complicated, with all the chord changes, vocals and horn parts, and we’ve gone a little further than most bands on our approach,” he said. “We can duplicate it like they remember it, which seems to be how people prefer tribute acts.”
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WHAT: Friday Night Live Music Series
WHERE: Great Plate Bar and Grill, 714 Central Ave.
WHEN: 9 p.m., doors at 8 p.m.
COST: $10, unless specified
Feb. 26: Aja Vu (Steely Dan tribute)
March 5 The Department of Rock (classic rock tribute)
March 12: The Cocktail Monkeys (variety tribute)
March 19: Last Stage (Boston tribute)
March 26: The Sun Kings (Beatles tribute)