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2017 NIBA Officers & Board of Directors

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


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


Treasurer:              James Kardelis (708-633-9854)                                               


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


Board Members

Jim Berkland            630-479-6610

Dave Erickson          630-746-1445

Joyce Kraemer          630 852-8088

Rich Krasko             815-879-2414 

Ted Seed                 815-246-6333





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Greetings Bluegrassers!

The board is looking for a new place to hold the NIBA Festival. Please let us know if you have a suggestion. We have started discussions with Pontiac Thresherman’s Reunion since they have better camping facilities as well as attracting more central Illinois participation. Please let us know what you think at a board meeting, call us, or at 

Thank you to Jim Kardellis for volunteering to be our new treasurer!

The winter jams have started with Triumph in Sept and then the rest to start in October.

Dan Knutson has decided to retire from doing the sound for Harding, Triumph and Streator after 20 years! Words cannot express our gratitude for performing this valued service for so many Saturdays!

 Tom Gerber has decided to do the sound for Harding, Triumph and Streator going forward. Thank you Tom for helping to keep these jams going!

Unfortunately, the NIBA Picnic was cancelled due to weather concerns.  The weather gods were not with us this year.

Kim Kraemer
President, NIBA

Hello Bluegrass Enthusiasts!

NIBA Key Dates to Remember


  Dec 15 : NIBA Christmas Party – Sugar Grove

Other Key Dates


 9/27-28 Heritage Bluegrass Festival, Bloomington

10/11-10/13 Eden Valley


Vivian Gaines does a marvelous job once again hosting the Two Rivers Bluegrass Festival in Harrison, Il. It is amazing how many talented musicians perform at this festival and no one gets paid! She has entertainment Thursday Through Saturday. On top of that there are people jamming all over the place!


Vivian, thank you so much for putting on this great free festival!



Two Rivers Bluegrass Festival



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