J. D. Crowe and the New South will play a free opening-day concert Sept. 8 at the Bluegrass Music Symposium at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. The three-day event — a series of scholarly speeches, panel discussions and exhibits — is being sponsored by the university’s department of folk studies and anthropology under the direction of Dr. Erika Brady. Among the specific artists whose music will be discussed are Crowe, Bill Monroe, John Hartford, Gloria Belle, Melvin Goins and Ralph Stanley. Topics to be covered include the history and importance of Nashville’s Station Inn club and bluegrass music’s connection to Nashville’s MuzikMafia. Neil V. Rosenberg, the author of Bluegrass: A History, will give the keynote address on Sept. 9.