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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: Sep 23    : NIBA Picnic
Sep 29    : NIBA Scholarship Jam Fundraiser


The NIBA Picnic


The NIBA members only picnic will be held Noon on Sunday September 23rd at Illini State Park at the Mallard Bay pavilion. This event is for NIBA members only and paid for by your membership dues.


Please bring a dish to pass

Fried Chicken and drinks will be supplied


The picnic starts at noon. Bring lawn chairs although there will be some picnic tables as well.


Of course, bring your instruments. It should be a great jam right on the Illinois River!







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Text Box: A Note from your Pres

Greetings to our Bluegrass Community!

Two NIBA Events are a must! The NIBA Picnic and Jam at Illini State Park right on the Illinois river. The NIBA Scholarship Jam at the Paw Paw library in Paw Paw, Il. We had a number of students become members this year and are hoping to give out 2 scholarships this year. Come to the jam, bring a dish to pass and give what you can to help support the scholarship.

I am sitting here at the Two Rivers Jam/Festival after listening to some great music and jamminí off and on throughout the day. Vivian Gaines does a wonderful job and I am very grateful to her and her volunteers. She mentioned today that there will be a Two Rivers Jam again next year and that also is very good news.

The next event I will be attending is the Chet Kingery Memorial Festival in Arthur, Il. on Sept 1st. This is a one day event with a terrific lineup (See Flyer). This event is run by the host band, Mackville. If you havenít been to this event, I highly recommend it. Great bands and jamminí as well!

The Northern Indiana Bluegrass Association (NIBGA) Festival is happening over the labor day weekend as well. Check out the Events page  and flyer for more details.

Also there is a lot of Bluegrass to be seen at performances by our great local bluegrass bands (See Events Page).  Be sure to attend some of these performances as well. Itís important to attend these events to help support our member bands. The venues will continue to book the bands if you show up and enthusiastically support them.

Finally I have a personal request, get a friend to join the NIBA. A strong robust membership allows us to publish this newsletter as well as sponsor other events throughout the year.

Kim Kraemer
Text Box: 35th Annual
Two Rivers Bluegrass Festival

This years festival was simply amazing as usual. Many, many  bands performed Thursday, Friday and Saturday. So many bands there is not enough room to show pictures of them all! Even though the river was flooding, the festival went on! Thank you Vivian Gaines for all you do!


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