Opus Shutters On Sour Note

A West Nyack, N.Y., club shut its doors May 1st, less than two years after opening and with concerts on the books through July.

Metropolitan Talent Presents spokeswoman Renee Pfefer told Pollstar the company had just started promoting shows at the 260-seat Opus when the closure was announced.

"Metropolitan was caught off guard. We thought it was the right place to book shows and tickets were selling well," Pfefer explained, adding the company wasn’t the only promoter out of luck.

Concerts scrapped include Bo Bice May 16th and Colin Hay July 15th. A show with The Radiators hadn’t gone on sale yet, she said.

The 16,000-square-foot club, located in the Palisades Center Mall, advertised all-ages shows and other events featuring state-of-the-art audio, video and concert lighting. The West Nyack location was the first of what was to be a national chain, according to the facility’s Web site.

Palisades GM Peter Janoff told the Journal News of Rockland that Opus management didn’t seem to have a focused plan on how to market the venue.

"They didn’t get word out on time and in the right manner," Janoff said. "Their message was not – in our opinion – a consistent message."

Janoff said Opus was originally advertised as a restaurant, lounge and theatre, but later turned into a special events and party facility, according to the News.