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Jan. 26, 2024: Blue Bacchus for the soul

Art for the Soul Gallery has launched a series of workshops to connect artists with local youth through free lectures and hands-on activities. Here to talk more about the Youth Social Justice Art series is Rosemary Tracy Woods, the gallery's co-founder and executive director. We are also joined by Jason Montgomery, local artist and Attack Bear Press co-founder, as he prepares for his social justice collage workshop on Jan. 27 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the UMASS Amherst Center in Springfield. We talk with the two about the importance of fostering artistic community among young people, especially when centering social justice issues.

It's Live Music Friday and members from northern Berkshire County's Misty Blues band, led by vocalist Gina Coleman, are here to preview some of their music live on air. We talk about their upcoming performance on Feb. 3 at the Drake in Amherst, where they will deliver their tribute, "Queens of the Blues," featuring works by Ruth Brown, Coco Taylor, Big Mama Thorton, and many more.

And we go to Greece with folx from Provisions in Longmeadow for today's wine Thunderdome. We compare a bottle of xinomavro, wine from the Naousa region, with a bottle of agiorgitiko, wine from the Peloponnese peninsula, and decide which Greek region comes out on top.

Christopher “Monte'' Belmonte is host and executive producer of NEPM's The Fabulous 413. He was born and raised in Massachusetts and has been a radio host in western Massachusetts for the last 20 years — the last 17 of them as host of Mornings with Monte on The River 93.9/WRSI.
Kaliis Smith is a radio host and producer for NEPM's The Fabulous 413. She was most recently host and producer at The River 93.9/WRSI where she appeared on Mornings with Monte for the Nerdwatch segment and hosted weekday evenings.