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NIBA Members!

Thank you to Bob and Kemedy Hauser for entertaining at the Mendota Railroad Days event!

Musicians are needed for the Sycamore Steam Show on Thursday Aug 11th starting around 10 am. Et them know at gate youíre a musician.

The NIBA Festival is on July 16th . We are looking for some folks to help out at the Festival. 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, jamminí and friendship!

Another amazing Frankfort Festival is July 9-10! If you have never been, itís an absolute must! There are three stages and lots of fabulous bands. Most importantly it FREE!
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Go see and/or stream live music and help support musicians! Musicians make money by performing, selling merchandise and tips. Please purchase their wares to keep live music alive and well. They spend a great deal of time to provide us with great music, letís show them that we appreciate and recognize them!

Kim Kraemer 
President, Northern Illinois Bluegrass Association


NIBA Board


 President:           Kim Kraemer    (815-383-9329)


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


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 Secretary:           Margaret Seed  (815-246-6333)

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William Seed            815-252-4673

Mellisa Nickel           815-228-9856

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Text Box: Directions and Details on the
 NIBA Bluegrass Festival

From rt 34 in Sandwich,  go North on Gletty Rd., turn left on Center Rd. Turn right at main entrance to the fairgrounds and follow the NIBA signs.

If you are planning to camp at the NIBA Bluegrass Festival enter at the same spot and follow the NIBA signs. Do not go to the Sandwich Fairgorunds campground.  

The Fairgrounds may charge $20/night for camping.

We get to camp near the pavillions and close to the music. There are two bath houses open all night. Plenty of electric and water for RVís. Jamming will be all weekend.

Come camp with us and jam all weekend. Bring a dish to pass to participate in a potluck dinner Saturday night.

A food truck will be available on Saturday during the day.

We have some amazing entertainment Saturday noon to 6ish.  The lineup is as follows:

Donít miss this great

NIBA Bluegrass Festival Talent!


The show starts at noon with Trumanís Ridge!†

Organized in 2008, the band consists of four members: Bruce Wallace (banjo); Steve Sarver (guitar); Chris Johnson (upright bass), Charley Smart (dobro) and Max Winkels (mandolin). Truman's Ridge is known for its classic style, high energy, and tight harmonies and instrumentation.


Next up is Mike and Lisa Templeton is an acoustic American Roots duet that plays Folk, Traditional Bluegrass, and Old Time music. Mike plays a clawhammer (frailing) style banjo and I play fiddle, bass guitar, ukulele and spoons. Facebook: The Templeton's


Misspent Youth is comprised of DK Kolars (the 1st NIBA President), Dale Ludewig, and Mike Warfel playing traditional Bluegrass music. The name says it all!


The Henry Torpedo Boys play traditional and contemporary bluegrass music. Terry Feldott (Banjo and Guitar), Rich Selquist (Resnophonic (dobro) and guitar), Tom Bogner (Bass guitar)
Todd Witek (guitar), Dave "Barney" Erickson (mandolin, fiddle and guitar). HTB has been delighting audiences of all ages for over 20 years.


Mackville is made up of the following folks. Jeff Lee plays mandolin and clawhammer banjo and sings lead/harmony. Gary Schlabach plays guitar and sings tenor/harmony. Larry Schlabach plays fiddle and sings baritone/lead. Lori Schlabach sings lead/harmony. Mike Waddell plays banjo, mandolin, dobro and sings bass. Terry Schlabach plays upright bass and sings lead/harmony.


Butterfield Creek hales from Chicago's southland. We're an acoustic bluegrass and Americana band, that when full-forced are a 5-piece with astounding female lead vocals, so expect musicianship and a healthy dose of vocal harmonies. Instruments include, guitars, banjo, violin/fiddle and upright bass, but audiences can expect accordion, mandolin and various percussion instruments.


Eric Lambert Bluegrass Trio consists of: Eric Lambert, a three time Chicago Music Awards winner and a renowned flatpicker; Char Fietz Buchanan lends guitar and beautiful vocals; and the great Josh McPartland on mandolin.

Eric Lambert | Facebook

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Truman's Ridge

12:00 PM

Mike & Lisa Templeton

12:50 PM

Misspent Youth

1:30 PM

Henry Torpedo Boys

2:20 PM


3:10 PM

Butterfield Creek

4:00 PM

Eric Lambert Bluegrass Trio

4:50 PM