Cracker’s Lowery Marries 40 Watt Talent Buyer

Cracker front man David Lowery put his wedding together in a matter of hours.

Lowery married his band manager, Velena Vego, on Thursday during a music business class at the University of Georgia.

Lowery told The Associated Press that the pair exchanged vows in a brief ceremony on the campus in Athens.

Lowery, who began teaching for UGA’s music business program earlier this year, said he and Vego were married a year ago in California but never filed the paperwork.

He said the pair wanted to make their four-year relationship official.

They decided to have the wedding just a few hours before the ceremony and asked David Barbe, a record producer who runs UGA’s music business program, to officiate. But the only time they could fit a wedding into their schedules was during a class, Lowery said.

“This just shows the scrappiness and inventiveness of the people in the music business,” Lowery said, joking that he put on his best sneakers for the wedding.

Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers was best man, and Barrie Buck, who owns the famous 40 Watt club in Athens, was maid of honor, he said.

Lowery started Camper Van Beethoven in 1983 but grew to prominence with Cracker, which produced such hits as “Low” and “Get Off This.” He also founded Sound of Music Studios in Richmond, Va.

Camper Van Beethoven’s “Take the Skinheads Bowling” was the title track for filmmaker Michael Moore’s 2002 Academy Award-winning documentary “Bowling for Columbine.”