A newly-announced symposium will examine the unique sub-culture associated with jam bands. Billed as “Sharing in the Groove: Jam Music & Culture Through the Years,” the one-day gathering will offer “a chance to hear from the jam community across disciplines, from those working behind the scenes to those approaching the music and culture from academic perspectives.” Sharing in the Groove will take place on Saturday, April 21st at the Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center in Burlington, VT, a city that has some serious jam band history of its own (hint: Phish). Many of the scheduled speakers are people who have written about the jam band community from an academic and/or cultural angle, such as Melvin Backstrom (The Music Played the Band: The Jamband Genre and Musical Sociality) and Taraleigh Weathers (How to Rock Your Life: Maintain the Magic of Live Music in Your Everyday Experience). Other speakers include Brando Rich of CashOrTrade and Kevin Statesir of Burlington venue Higher Ground.”I’m looking forward to framing jam band discourse in a symposium setting,” says symposium organizer Isaac Slone. “We will hear from those involved with different eras of jam culture and will pass the mic as much as we can to drive a holistic discussion. Talks will range from exploring the anarchist aspects and attitudes that can be found in Phish’s music and career to learning about the development of facets of our scene like CashorTrade.”In addition to the speakers and panelists, Sharing in the Groove will also feature a set of music as well as an after party. Tickets for the event are currently on sale, and more information can be found via the Facebook event page.