Author Archive: Monica Barber

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BargainView – Hello July!

BargainView – Hello July!

BargainView By Monica Barber Hello July! Hope you’re ready for the Summer, Modesto because it’s ready for you. Today finds Ms. M by the pool sipping iced tea and reading a murder mystery. She’s been trying her hand at the Summer Reading Challenge at the Downtown Modesto Library this year. Good news dolls, the challenge […]

By June 28, 2018 Read More →
5 questions with Josephine Johnson

5 questions with Josephine Johnson

5 questions with Josephine Johnson Written by Monica Barber   As a singer-songwriter, Josephine Johnson has continued to create music that resonates with the hearts of her listeners. Josephine is a talented instrumentalist switching between ukulele and guitar in her live performances. More often than not her songs are an insight into her life and tell the tales […]

By June 21, 2018 Read More →
5 Questions with The Spicy Latina, Serena Gamboa

5 Questions with The Spicy Latina, Serena Gamboa

5 Questions with The Spicy Latina, Serena Gamboa By Monica Barber   Some people have a better knack at being completely comfortable with themselves than others are. They’re the types who are at ease instantly in a new situation, and seem as natural to the environment the way the sun looks perfect no matter where […]

By June 11, 2018 Read More →
5 questions with Zodiac Gallery’s Dustin Carpenter

5 questions with Zodiac Gallery’s Dustin Carpenter

5 questions with Zodiac Gallery’s Dustin Carpenter by Monica Barber   Six to eight months ago, Dustin Carpenter was playing an art walk at Colossal tattoo in Turlock and I might’ve have overlooked him, but the music & beats he was playing caught my ear and blew my mind. Musically known by the moniker, Zodiac […]

By April 29, 2018 Read More →
BargainView – April Showers

BargainView – April Showers

BargainView By Monica Barber April Showers of Savings! April Showers Bring May Flowers and with generous amounts of rain lately and intermittent sunshine, this month may start off a bit irregular. However, the recent rain has brought many beautiful things with it, rainbows, flowers that keep on poking through the dirt and all the beautiful […]

March BargainView Spring Into Savings!

March BargainView Spring Into Savings!

Spring Into Savings by Monica Barber There’s something magical about the month of March that makes it a special time of year. It marks the end of the long winter days and warmly welcomes the shorter days of Spring. Admiring the new blooms, Ms. M thinks it’s a perfect time to get out of the house and see the town. It’s […]

By February 26, 2018 Read More →
Looking to the future of music with Mr. Mumfest: Aaron Rowan

Looking to the future of music with Mr. Mumfest: Aaron Rowan

Looking to the future of music with Mr. Mumfest Aaron Rowan   By Monica Barber   ”We could look back and say, ‘Oh, my it’s come that far in that short a time?” Yet in the last 6 years since the start of MUMfest and the frenzy of change it’s hard to argue that Aaron […]

By January 19, 2018 Read More →
BargainView- New Year’s Savings

BargainView- New Year’s Savings

BargainView By Monica Barber Start the New Year by Saving! Start off the New Year with a fresh mindset and fill it with new experiences. The month of January welcomes great ways to embrace & spread positivity and joy as brightly as you can. Ms. M finds herself slinking into an oversized chair in a […]

5 Questions with Mattéa Overstreet

5 Questions with Mattéa Overstreet

5 Questions with Mattéa Overstreet By Monica Barber Mattéa Overstreet’s soothing voice and songs are loved by many fans in the Central Valley and growing in numbers every day, but she seems to have a very quiet and earthly presence to herself and her life out of the spotlight. Mattéa is foremost a singer and […]

By December 14, 2017 Read More →
BargainView: The Holiday’s don’t have to be expensive!

BargainView: The Holiday’s don’t have to be expensive!

  Watching the winter fog rolls in this evening, makes Ms. M question, “Where did 2017 go?” and smile. I hope it’s been as good to you as it has been to moi. The holidays bring home the friends and family we haven’t seen most of the year and it’s wonderful to share all our […]

By December 1, 2017 Read More →
5 Questions with The Panduhs’ Neil Cassidy

5 Questions with The Panduhs’ Neil Cassidy

5 Questions with The Panduhs’ Neil Cassidy  By Monica Barber     For The Panduhs new album, frontman Neil Cassidy found his muse on the basketball court. Switching up your aesthetic is a sure way to get the attention of your audience but the transformation of The Panduhs on the new album is so effortless […]

By October 18, 2017 Read More →
BargainView – Fall Back In

BargainView – Fall Back In

BargainView By Monica Barber Fall back in! School is back in and summer is on the way out. As the cooler autumn temperatures slowly inch closer the sound of children making their way to and from school fills the air. Ms. M has begun stocking up on her school supplies and recalling the challenge of […]

By September 6, 2017 Read More →
5 Questions with Jake Yates

5 Questions with Jake Yates

5 Questions with Jake Yates by Monica Barber     When it comes to mainstream music there is much to question regarding the current evolution of spoken word, hip hop and wordplay, minus a few, fresh glimmers of hope. One such glimmer is wordsmith, lyricist and local performer, Jake Yates. Where other artists become monotonous […]

By July 25, 2017 Read More →
5 Questions with The Black Sheep’s Ink

5 Questions with The Black Sheep’s Ink

5 Questions with The Black Sheep’s Ink            By Monica Barber   Standing out from the ordinary definitely gets the attention of others, which is something that The Black Sheep’s Ink has transformed into an asset. Kristy Moore and Patrick Barr met many years ago and have been working together ever since. Both strong personalities with […]

By July 2, 2017 Read More →
5 Questions with Gillian Wegener

5 Questions with Gillian Wegener

5 Questions with Gillian Wegener By Monica Barber       As many poets in Modesto are tentatively trying to get their work out there, there is one person they are all fortunate to become acquainted with, Gillian Wegener. Wegener coordinates and is the co-founder of the Modesto-Stanislaus Poetry Center, MoST, has served as the […]

By June 7, 2017 Read More →