Who Wants to Marry the Cousin of The Millionaire?

July 12, 2007 at 12:46 am | Posted in America, Muzak, Video | 4 Comments

Some strive for greatness.  Others have greatness thrust upon them.  And still others marry greatness.

I did none of these. 

But I did marry into a family where greatness exists.  So without further ado, I give you my cousin-in-law, The Millionaire Matt Welz

Though I’ve only met him for about two seconds at my wedding, I beam with pride knowing that my progeny will share some of The Millionaire’s priceless DNA.  If said progeny rocks even one-hundreth as hard as Matt, I will be one proud daddy.  Someday, I can only hope.  Someday.



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  1. Does Ted Dibiase know about your cousin? More importantly, is your cousin aware of the reach of the million dollar man. This could all end so terrifyingly

  2. This performer would benefit from a more polished MC. Perhaps a park ranger.

    “Let’s hear it for this boy.”

  3. Might this guy suit your fancy?


    Lowell Sun: Rock ‘n’ roll is what this park employee has in mind
    By David Perry

    LOWELL — By the time John Marciano shows up onstage to introduce the Lowell Summer Music Series performers, he has logged more than a full day’s work.

    That would be just fine with his dad.

    Marciano, 43, a longtime Lowell National Historical Park employee, has been with the summer music series for three years. He is the series’ director and programmer. A specialist in logistics, he also helps direct the park’s end of the Lowell Folk Festival.

    The wiry Marciano is given to enthusiastic bursts when discussing the series.

    Sitting amid the clutter of the Kirk Street office to which he recently moved, the West Andover resident credits Peter Aucella, the park’s assistant superintendent, with being the glue that has held the series in place since its inception, and with lining up sponsorships.

    “What people get is really a mix of Peter’s and my influence,” he says. “It’s been his baby.”

    But since Marciano joined him in the driver’s seat, a new, “improved” sound company has been added, and much of the basic infrastructure has been upgraded. Season buttons, which were often passed between fans, have been replaced with photo-ID passes. And the acts are drawn from a roster of better-known, more contemporary artists.

    Marciano says that with most dates pushed inside to Lowell High School’s auditorium, the series “nearly tanked” in 2003. His goal is to “rain-proof” the series, where every show would make money and draw crowds, whether it heads inside on rainy nights or not.

    “The idea has been to take a little step forward each year,” says Marciano. “We’re very proud of where we are right now.”

    A particular point of pride, especially in an age of mega-concert promoter agencies, is the “little collective” of smaller concert producers Marciano has joined and helped foster. It gives the series the buying power to land big-name artists.

    As a venue, “we are in demand now,” says Marciano. “We have management calling us. We’ve created a strong partnership, a sort of New England booking collective where we and others go in on artists together, booking a string of dates. Last year, that’s what yielded the biggest shows we’d ever had. This year, too. Between us, we booked three Indigo Girls dates and multiple shows to get Bela Fleck. If you can book three shows together, I can’t think of many artists who take them.”

    He’s always loved music. Years ago, Marciano’s father noticed his son’s swelling collection and said, “you sure spend a lot of money on music. If would be different if it was a business.”

    Hmm, thought Marciano. “If it’s a business, it’s OK with Dad.”

    He bought DJ equipment, and later programmed concerts and other events at Bridgewater State College.

    After joining Lowell’s park service as a ranger in 1983, he promoted club and concert events under the banners of John Marciano Productions and Mill City Productions after work.

    His tastes run to “all kinds of stuff. Neil Young was the biggest thing, which led me to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, then the Grateful Dead.”

    He books not for himself, but the masses who settle onto the green blanket of Boardinghouse Park each weekend.

    So as this year’s schedule is packed with the likes of Buddy Guy, Nickel Creek, Dickey Betts and a double-bill of John Hiatt and Shawn Colvin, prices have also gone up.


    “Not as many as you’d think,” says Marciano. “We have a very vocal clientele. We get tons of feedback and it’s 20-1 positive. We do occasionally get a comment, but this is a self-sustaining series. Eighteen years ago, it was funded 100 percent by the Lowell Historic Preservation Commission. It was free, but it was also usually local acts with one regional name.”

    Each show begins and ends with a staff meeting. Workers are encouraged to offer suggestions on what could be done better, or differently. The best suggestion gets “John’s Money,” a $5 bill.

  4. Just a follow up!


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