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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: Jul 14,15: Frankfort Bluegrass Festival
Aug 9      : Sycamore Steam Show
Aug 18    : Plano Smallville Superfest
Sep 23    : NIBA Picnic
Sep 29    : NIBA Scholarship Jam Fundraiser

    Put the NIBA Festival on your calendar!


A note from Audre Carlson


Thanks for all the time-work-effort, you & so many put into Last Sat.'s Festival at Lyons Farm.  A fun day, and good music. Thank you for the opportunity to win the 50/50 drawing at the recent Northwest IL Festival, at Lyons Farm.  The 50/50 Drawing was a good way to help fund the NIBA Scholarship Program.  (win or lose, every little dollar donation helps) Thanks for drawing my lucky ticket.

 [Thank you Audre for the nice note and thank you for donating your 50/50 proceeds to the NIBA Scholarship Fund]


This was just ½ of a great audience!


Did you notuce Mary Bayer with Red?

It was so very nice to see Mary again!



Text Box: A Note from your Pres

Greetings to our Bluegrass Community!

    The Bluegrass Festival of Northern Illinois on Jun 2nd was a huge success! There were great performances, perfect weather and a very large audience. Thank you to all the folks that made this event so successful.  A special thank you to Rose Gerber, Rich Krasko, Bill Fulton and Tom Bohling for working the tables. I’d also like to thank Tom Gerber and Jim Berkland for their hard work. As well, Dave ‘Barney’ Erickson did an outstanding job as MC! Finally, a huge THANK YOU to Eric Lambert and Mackville for their outstanding performances!
    As you can see we ran a little thin on crew this year, so if you can help out next year, please let a board member know. 
    We have Special Consensus performing at our festival on Jun 1st 2019 along with a number of other great member bands! We will start presales of festival tickets soon, watch the newsletter for details.
    The NIBA membership funds are not enough to cover the festival costs. Therefore the festival is independently funded by gate fees and sponsorship. If you are willing to help us out and be a festival sponsor or if you know a business that would sponsor the festival please tell one of the board members.
    Coming up in July is the Frankfort  Bluegrass on the Green Festival. If you have never been to this festival, you really need to go! They have many top name National Touring bands and it is free! Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy!
    Be sure to attend other great Bluegrass performances and festivals this summer!

Kim Kraemer
President, Northern Illinois Bluegrass Association
Text Box:    Bluegrass Festival of Northern Illinois 

Eric Lambert

Sweet Country

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Foggy Memory Boys

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