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2017 NIBA Officers & Board of Directors

· President:           Kim Kraemer    (312-730-7469)


· 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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NIBA Dates to Remember:


 Mar 1-4: Shorty’s Strickly Bluegrass Festival

 Jun 1-3: NIBA Annual Bluegrass Festival


Put the NIBA Festival on your calendar!






Call to Start a New Bluegrass Jam

in the

Hampshire/Huntley Area!




Russ Ginn of “Bluegrass Escape” is excited about moving to the area but is not aware of any periodic gathering of the area’s greatest bluegrass pickers and singers.


Email Russ at if you would enjoy a new jam session in this area and include your preference for a day and time, and any other item you deem important for a fun and enjoyable jam.


Further any suggestions about a potential gathering place for the jam would be greatly appreciated.


Finally, please pass the word on to anyone in the Hampshire/Huntley area who you think would be interested.


Thank you so very much any help is appreciated!

Russ Ginn






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: Note from your Pres.

Greetings to our Bluegrass Community!

Shorty’s Strickly Bluegrass Festival is coming up soon (Mar1-4)! They have a great lineup and it is one of the best festivals for pickin’. Just about every place you can imagine around the Stoney Creek Inn has a jam going on. If you like pickin’ this is the festival for you!

A few of the jams have been cancelled due to weather. Make sure you attend the ones that are not cancelled or you will miss the season! J

The Annual NIBA Festival (Jun 2) promises to be a great one again this year. Keep posted for details.

Joyce and I went to the Spring Palatka Bluegrass Festival again this year. It is an amazing festival. This is likely to be an annual event for us. Tom Gerber, Glen Carlson, Cheryl Moredich and I opened the festival on Thursday on the open stage (we were the only ones on Thursday J). I have some pics later in this Newsletter.

See you soon at a jam and/or at Shorty’s!

Kim Kraemer
President, Northern Illinois Bluegrass Association

Text Box: Lillie Mae Capes
1937 - 2018

Lillie M. Capes, 80, of Rochelle, passed away Thursday, February 8, 2018 at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford, IL with her family by her side. Lillie was born August 25, 1937 to Dairel and Minnie (Edmison) Wilson in Four Mile Township, IL. She married Reuben "Pete" Capes on April 9, 1955 in Rochelle. Lillie enjoyed playing music and spending time with her family. Those who knew her called her "Dobro Lil" and considered her the best dobro guitar player in Northern Illinois.
Lillie is survived by her husband, Pete; her two daughters, Rhonda (Pete) O’Rorke and Christina Warner; five grandchildren, Brandi (Pat) McBride, Peter O’Rorke Jr., Amanda O’Rorke, Katie O’Rorke, and Jeffrey Warner; and five great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sister, Dorothy Gonzales and brother, Glenn Johnson.
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Lillie’s family would like to thank all the folks who came out to the funeral home and to all who performed at Lillie’s wake. Lillie’s Dobro was buried with her so she can continue playing her sweet music in the angel band. Lillie will be greatly missed. Pictured below are the entertainers who played at Lillie’s Memorial Jam.

Text Box: Palatka 2018
The Northern Illinois Bluegrass Band opened 
the Palatka Festival!

Russell Moore and IIIrd Time Out

Rhonda Vincent and the Rage

Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers

Flat Lonesome

See Newsletter for more news and pictures!



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