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2017 NIBA Officers & Board of Directors

· President:           Kim Kraemer    (815-383-9329)


· Vice President:  Tom Gerber     (815-312-3964)


· Treasurer:           Cindy Kline      (224-569-6210)                     

· Secretary:           Mary Krasko    (815-879-2414)                


Board Members

Jim Berkland            630-479-6610

Bill Fulton                815-673-8694

Joyce Kraemer

Rich Krasko             815-879-2414 

Dave Erickson          630-746-1445





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Hello Bluegrass Enththusiasts!

Key Dates to Remember:



Text Box: Jun 2      : Bluegrass Festival 
                  of Northern Illinois
                (formerly known as the NIBA Festival)
Jun 16       : RR Crossing & Country Fair Day in Mendota
Jun 23       :  Earlville Lyon’s Club
Jul 14,15: Frankfort Bluegrass Festival
Aug 9      : Sycamore Steam Show
Aug 18    : Plano Smallville Superfest
Sep 23    : NIBA Picnic
Sep 29    : NIBA Scholarship Jam Fundraiser









































Local Bluegrass Radio:


Strictly Bluegrass & When Country Wasn't Cool with Larry Robinson returns to the airwaves of WCSF 88.7 after a holiday break. The shows are heard every Sunday from Noon til 2pm (CT) at 88.7 fm locally (Joliet, Il) or world-wide on direct requests and comments to

Text Box: A Note from your Pres

Greetings to our Bluegrass Community!

The NIBA festival has been renamed to the Bluegrass Festival of Northern Illinois. This year we will feature the extremely talented Eric Lambert, Mackville and Trumans Ridge as well we will have other great member bands! Please be sure to attend this year’s festival and encourage your friends/family to attend as well!

Hope to see you all there!

Kim Kraemer
President, Northern Illinois Bluegrass Association

Text Box: Bluegrass Pickin and Guitar Workshop by Eric Lambert
at the Festival!

Performer, Musician, Educator

Eric Lambert, a 2015 Chicago Music Awards winner, is a renowned flatpicker who delivers his original elixir of feel-good Americana infused with bluegrass, blues, roots, rock, & soul. Lambert’s enthusiasm, palpable joy, earthy voice, and precision licks leave audiences energized and inspired.

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