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NIBA Members!

It appears we may have just filled our board! See the request below for your vote on approving Claudia Seed to the board of the NIBA. Thank you so much Claudia! We are looking for the next president! We would want our next president to be from the board so that he/she knows our organization. So join the board if interested.

The NIBA Festival is on July 16th . We are looking for someone to chair the Festival this year. Please let me know if you are willing to pitch in in any way. We have some great bands! There will again be camping Friday and Saturday nights with lots of jamming! Come out for a great day and enjoy the music, jammin’ and friendship!

The NIBA is looking for someone who would be interested in either taking over the newsletter or being a contributor to its content. Local Bluegrass events and happenings and/or any festivals/concerts you may have been to are great material to share. Some folks have written songs, opinion pieces and poems. Use your imagination! If it is appropriate, we will publish it.

The Naperville Bluegrass Festival was an amazing event! Great venue, great jammin’ and great performances!  Keep an eye out for the March 24-25, 2023 lineup and reserve that date on your calendars. 

If you came to NBF to jam and did not buy a concert ticket and a large number of folks did not buy a concert ticket, please consider buying a ticket in 2023. If everyone who came to jam bought a single concert ticket, I would have come close to breaking even. If folks do not buy tickets in 2023, I regret saying that that will likely be the last Naperville Festival.

Kim Kraemer 
President, Northern Illinois Bluegrass Association


NIBA Board


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


· Vice President:   Ted Seed         (815-246-6333)


·  Treasurer:            James Kardelis (708-633-9854)


· Secretary:           Margaret Seed  (815-246-6333)



Board Members

William Seed            815-252-4673

Mellisa Nickel           815-228-9856

Joe Michelotti           630-290-1675





Please make all submissions for this newsletter by the 15th of each month to Send all printed copy and photos to:  NIBA, PO Box 495, Ottawa, IL 61350. This newsletter is copyrighted by the NIBA. 


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