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HOB Names GM, VP/Talent At Blossom

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — House of Blues has made two appointments at Blossom Music Center: Mark Girton to general manager and Chris Moore to vice president of talent.

"I've landed my dream job," said Girton, who began his career in the live event industry in 1988 at Richfield Coliseum while still in college. "Blossom is a community treasure, the premier live music venue in Ohio and one of the most spectacular amphitheatres in the world. What better place for a music lover from northeast Ohio to end up? I am looking forward to working with Chris and to continuing our longstanding relationship with the Cleveland Orchestra."

Girton worked as a contractor for many special events in Ohio, including the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame grand opening ceremonies, Celebration 200 and the City of Cleveland Bicentennial. His 13-year history with Blossom Music Center began as a contractor in 1992 before he officially joined HOB Concerts in 1999 as the venue's operations manager. He assisted in the recently completed $17 million redevelopment of Blossom.

Moore will oversee programming several venues for HOB Concerts and will serve as the primary talent buyer for the award-winning Blossom Music Center. Prior to his move, Moore acted as vice president of talent for HOB Concerts in San Diego, where he booked Coors Amphitheatre and oversaw bookings at Cox Arena, Open Air Theatre and various outside promotions within the San Diego market.

Before joining House of Blues Concerts, Moore enjoyed a nine-year tenure at Frank Productions in Madison, WI, booking international touring acts at high-profile venues while developing and managing the motor-sports division for the company. Prior to his position with Frank Productions, he also worked with the Yakima Valley Sun Dome in Washington.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to return back to the Midwest. Most important, the existing team is fantastic and I look forward to continued successes in the market with them," said Moore. "We at House of Blues Concerts have such fantastic facilities at all levels to promote shows in, including Blossom Music Center and Scene Pavilion. I also look forward to expanding our reach in the region." — Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner