(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — John Wojas, vice president of House of Blues Concerts San Diego, has left the company and has joined La Mesa, CA-based Viejas Entertainment. Subsequently, Viejas Entertainment has entered into a two-year deal with Clear Channel Entertainment's Avalon Attractions to book and promote pop concerts at the San Diego Sports Arena beginning next year.
Viejas Entertainment is also ending its booking and concert promotion relationship with House of Blues Concerts, following Wojas' departure. Wojas' contract with HOB called for termination of the Viejas-HOB agreement if he left HOB, reports the Union-Tribune.
While at House of Blues, Wojas booked shows into Coors Amphitheatre, SDSU's Cox Arena and Open Air Theatre, and Copley Symphony Hall and Spreckels Theater downtown.
Wojas, who previously worked at Bill Silva Presents, is reunited with another BSP alum, Steve Redfern, who is president of Viejas Entertainment, owned by the Alpine-based Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians.
Viejas Entertainment says its mission is to assist Native American Tribes in achieving entertainment success in their own venues, and Redfern told the paper they will continue this line of work. Viejas Entertainment currently has out-of-state relationships with: Potawatomi Casino (Milwaukee); Oneida Casino (Green Bay, WI); Desert Diamond (Tucson, AZ); and Spirit Mountain (near Portland, OR).
Viejas Entertainment also expects to begin booking shows at Copley Symphony Hall, 4th & B, and SOMA. "We will be the only locally owned and operated concert promotions business in San Diego County," Redfern said. "There hasn't been one here since Bill Silva Presents." — Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner