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Former Muscatine man comes home to croon some tunes

2013-01-30T21:11:00Z Former Muscatine man comes home to croon some tunesCynthia Beaudette Muscatine Journal
January 30, 2013 9:11 pm  • 
  • A few weeks after singing and swinging for an audience that included Vice President Biden, Craig Boche will be back in Muscatine to perform

WASHINGTON, D.C. — While the world watched the pageantry and pomp of presidential inauguration galas unfold on TV last week, a former Muscatine man witnessed it firsthand.

Singer Craig Boche was  at the Iowa State Society’s inaugural ball in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, where he was one of the performers who entertained the crowd — including at least one very special guest.

Vice President Joe Biden was among the political luminaries at the “First in the Nation” inaugural ball. And he managed to be both the entertained, and the entertainment, at least for a moment.

Biden’s gaff during the ball — where he told the audience “I’m proud to be President” — elicited chuckles and applause from the audience and made media headlines for a while.

“That was pretty funny,” Boche said Monday evening. “We were all  laughing and  it was funny to him (Biden) too.”

Boche will bring his talent back home Saturday, Feb. 9, when he performs more classic crooning with the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra for the Orchestra’s MasterWorks III: “Swooning and Crooning,” annual Delicious Combinations, dinner and concert.  

The Quad-City-based  Josh Duffee Swing Orchestra will also be part of the concert.

Boche said his enjoyment of the music of  Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Dean Martin, Julie London, Nat King Cole and other popular singers of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, began in his childhood.

He developed his own style by studying their recordings and TV appearances. It’s a style that’s served him well, taking him from the Pearl City to a presidential gala.

At the ball, Boche sang to the music of  Iowa’s own Steve Shanley Trio in an act that included the music of Sinatra, Darin, Harry Connick Jr. and Michael Buble.

According to Boche’s publicist Kathleen Kelley, Boche and the Steve Shanley Trio were invited to perform at the inaugural ball by Iowa native Cory Crowley who serves as an officer on the Inauguration Board.

Other guests at the event included First Lady Michelle Obama, Iowa Representa-tives Bruce Braley and David Loebsack and Sen. Tom Harkin.

According to Kelley, the event included Midwest cuisine as well as a VIP “speakeasy” room sponsored by Templeton Rye,  a liquor made in Templeton, Iowa, which was said to be Al Capone’s drink of choice in the Prohibition era.

Boche said he enjoyed meeting many VIPS and he was impressed by the gracious way he and the band were treated.

And he even may have managed to score a gig or two.

The musicians and Boche also spoke with guests who were interested in booking them for parties and weddings on the East Coast.

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