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2017 NIBA Officers & Board of Directors

 President: ††††††††† Tom Gerber† †† (815-312-3964)


 Vice President:† † Kim Kraemer† † (312-730-7469)


 Treasurer: ††††††††† Cindy Kline †††† (224-569-6210) †† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††

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


Board Members

Jim Berkland††††††††††† 630-479-6610

Bill Fulton††††††††††††††† 818-673-8694

Joyce Kraemer†††††††††

Rich Krasko†††††††††††† 815-879-2414†

Ray Ward†††††††††††††††† 815-732-4641




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Pics from the

2017 NIBA Festival


Kim & Friends


Foggy Memory Boys


Fox Valley Grass


Sweet Country


The Grass Hoopers


NIBA Dates to Remember:


Jul 16 : Country Music Show, Dekalb


Aug 10 : Sycamore Steam Show


Aug 20 : Plano Superfest


Sept 17 : NIBA Picnic, Illini State Park


Dec 2††† : NIBA Christmas Party,

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Member Submission: Larry Gesiakowski


††† A good time was had by all at the annual NIBA festival at Lyons Farm in Yorkville. Joe J. and I arrived around 12:45 Saturday afternoon to a full parking lot and hall. It was good to see and speak to many of the bluegrass friends I haven't seen in quite a while.


††† The festival committee worked hard on this yearís event and it showed. A great line up of bands, food and music. After checking in my first stop was outside to see who was jamming where. It was refreshing to see the entire Lyons Farm site being used. The camping area, the old town, the barn area was all in full bluegrass mode. 


††† There was some good pickiní down by the general store during the afternoon. When I finally ventured back to the hall a couple of hours later things were moving right along. I stayed listened to the last several performers and groups.


††† Chris Walz did an outstanding one man performance, followed by the great harmonies of Truman Ridge, Bluegrass Escape set the mark with their set. The Templeton Family finished up the show. I would like to know Mom and Dadís secret to teaching, inspiring and raising such a fine group of youngsters and musicians. Hope to see everyone at the next gathering. 


Larry G.


Chris Walz


Trumanís Ridge


Trumanís Ridge (after their performance)


Bluegrass Escape


The Templetons




Text Box: Wow!

    The NIBA Festival was a terrific success with great talent and a wonderful audience! Check out some of the pictures later in the Newsletter! The weather was perfect! There was camping, jamming at the campfire and outside in the shade during the festival. We had a very well attended workshop run by Chris Walz (the largest attendance of any workshop since I have been involved)!

    Please let one of the board members or better yet, send us an email telling us what you liked or disliked about the event! We received overwhelming praise from the attendees many of whom stayed to the very end! As well, if you did not attend, please tell us why. We are always looking to make this event better and better.
    Our next events are Sycamore Steam Show (Aug 10) and the Plano Superfest (Aug 19th). Please consider attending those events, NIBA musicians are encouraged to come and perform!

    Donít forget to send us your thoughts about any of the NIBA events or some details on any other Bluegrass event you attend this summer. We are always happy to put them in the newsletter.

   The NIBA picnic is Sep 17th in beautiful Illini State Park, right on the Illinois River. A great venue for this event. Please be sure to put it on your schedules!

    Joyce and I attended an amazing Gibson Brothers Brashler Barn concert! The barn and property is a great venue and Lois bakes and supplies apple pies! Check out their ad in this newsletter for future concerts.

    On a personal note: I would like to thank all the people who volunteered to make this a great event; Tom & Rose Gerber, Rich (sound) & Mary Krasko, Joyce Kraemer, Jim Berkland and Bernice Dent. Hopefully I left no one out.

Kim A. Kraemer NIBA VP & Newsletter Editor

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2017 NIBA Festival






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