John Wojas, formerly VP for House of Blues Concerts in San Diego, has joined Viejas Entertainment, based in nearby La Mesa, Calif., in a move that could heat up the promoter competition in the market.

John Wojas, formerly VP for House of Blues Concerts in San Diego, has joined Viejas Entertainment, based in nearby La Mesa, Calif., in a move that could heat up the promoter competition in the market.

HOB's Chris Moore, Southwest Region VP, and Candace Mandracia, Southwest Region talent buyer, will continue to handle booking and promotion duties for HOB in the San Diego market, including programming the Coors Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, Calif.

Viejas has now severed its booking/promotion relationship with HOB and has entered into a new two-year deal with Avalon Attractions, the Southern California operation of Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE), headed by Avalon president Brian Murphy.

Under the new CCE deal, Viejas will book concerts at the San Diego Sports Arena beginning in 2005.

Viejas Entertainment is owned by the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, and has specialized in booking Native American-owned casino venues. Steve Redfearn, like Wojas a veteran of San Diego promoter Bill Silva Presents, is president of Viejas.

Meanwhile, HOB is the exclusive promoter for such San Diego venues as Cox Arena and Open Air Theatre at San Diego State University, and is owner/operator of the Coors Amphitheatre. Other venues HOB promotes at in the market include Symphony Hall, Canes Ballroom and the Del Mar Fair.

Alex Hodges, executive VP of House Of Blues in L.A., says HOB remains committed to the San Diego market, as well as the entire Southwest region, including Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico.

"Chris Moore and Candace Mandracia will continue to provide the excellent service to the touring artists and the concert-goers in San Diego that is signature to all the House of Blues offices and teams," Hodges tells Billboard.biz. "Candace and Chris will coordinate with the House Of Blues talent teams in Los Angeles, as well as [act] independently in the market."