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June 2nd ARTHOP The Brick Wall at JA Photography Artist Linda Lloyd Pitts and Musician Steve Ono 5 to 8 PM Free

Artist Linda Lloyd Pitts exhibits some of her smaller works in our cozy little space accompanied by the guitar music of Steve Ono.


POST ARTHOP SPECIAL EVENT at The Brick Wall at JA Photography Free to the public 

The Fresno Folklore Society Presents the Atomic Antics DVD Release Party June 2nd 8:00 PM


The Atomic Antics Show took place…


Added by Steve Ono on May 24, 2011 at 7:38am — No Comments

Brick Wall videos

I've posted a sampling of the performances I've been recording on video at the Brick Wall @ JA Photography. More vids are available for viewing at All of the shows since February have been recorded and archived for the Fresno Folklore Society by Onomuse Productions.

Added by Steve Ono on October 25, 2010 at 8:11am — No Comments

Carolina Chocolate Drops w/ Lance Canales and the Flood

The Fresno Folklore Society proudly presents

The Carolina Chocolate Drops w/ Lance Canales and the Flood

on June 27 2010 6:30 PM at Frank's Place at the Warnors Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets are $15 in advance and for Fresno Folklore Society members and $20 general admission on day of

show. They are on sale at Patrick's Music, National…


Added by Steve Ono on June 16, 2010 at 7:11am — 2 Comments

Folk? whose folk? which folk? All folk!

Multi-ethnic Folk music should be a BIG thing in Fresno. Our talent pool is larger and more diverse than most places on earth. Call me, Steve Ono, to book a show at The Brick Wall @ JA Photography 559-307-3610

Added by Steve Ono on April 22, 2010 at 7:21pm — No Comments

Reverbnation Store has my tunes

Reverbnation Store widget makes my music available through this site.…


Added by Steve Ono on April 5, 2010 at 9:48am — No Comments

Arthop at the Brick Wall has Steve Ball, Dennis Ivans and the Red Rag Andy Band

Arthop Apr 1 (no foolin'!)
Steven Ball and Dennis Ivans are bringing their art works in for display while the Red Rag Andy Band jams as a preview of their April 9th concert.…

Added by Steve Ono on March 30, 2010 at 12:43pm — No Comments

Whitney Steele w/ Justin Froese

I found a post on craigslist Fresno looking for a acoustic venue in Fresno a few days after the Fresno Folklore Society decided to open the Brick Wall. It seemed like serendipity to me. I checked out her myspace and called her up. We are the kick off of her Pacific Northwest Tour.

Whitney Steele won the best singer/songwriter, best pop single of the year, and best music video of the year at the 2008 Phoenix Music Awards. She has also been nominated for the Hollywood F.A.M.E. Awards… Continue

Added by Steve Ono on February 3, 2010 at 11:52am — 1 Comment

Folksinger 101

I was 13 and I just HAD to learn that great new Simon and Garfunkle song, Sounds of Silence. I traded my Crown Red Sparkle drumset for an acoustic guitar and a Mel Bay Chord Book. I had absolutely no idea what I was getting into. How was I to know the song was way more complicated than most mid 60s pop rock? So I learned the chords to play Sounds of Silence and then discovered there dozens of easier songs that used some of the same chords just fewer.

Years later I learned that all of those… Continue

Added by Steve Ono on February 1, 2010 at 9:08am — 2 Comments

Percussionist JM III and Friends at the Brick Wall Tonite

John Martin III and Friends

Steve Ono, Frank Giordano, and Brian Garcia, Chris Acree

In concert at the Brick Wall @ JA Photography

Tonight! Fri. Jan 22nd 7:30 pm (2 sets)

$10 FFS members $12 general

2003 N Van Ness Blvd

Fresno, CA

Just North of Fresno High

info 559-307-3610

This will be the premier solo concert of a person who has played professionally for more than 20 years. John Martin III brings to the stage for the first time… Continue

Added by Steve Ono on January 22, 2010 at 9:40am — No Comments

The Brick Wall

The Fresno Folklore Society has a new office space at J A Photography 2003 N Van Ness Ave just north of Fresno High. We are using John Alden's studio space for acoustic music concerts beginning with the David Arthur Brown Show on Jan 7. John Martin III will be there on Jan 22nd at &:30 $10 advance/$12 day of show.

Here's Sue Wirt's piece in the FFS Newsletter.

Concerts At The Brick Wall

John Alden of JA Photography has made a small venue site available to FFS for… Continue

Added by Steve Ono on December 26, 2009 at 11:01am — 1 Comment

Bio By request

STEVE ONO is a guitarist with extensive Jazz, Folk, Rock, Blues and World music influences and experience. He is also a talented Singer/Songwriter, arranger and producer. His self produced CD, "Voice of a Friend", and his collaboration with Harmonica Master Eddie Gordon, “Smokin’”, are available at

Steve is currently offering Classes in a variety of guitar techniques for all levels, even kids as young as 6, at the California Arts Academy at 4750 N Blackstone. The website… Continue

Added by Steve Ono on August 28, 2009 at 9:47am — No Comments

Thursday Lunch Jam at Milano

Every Thursday at noon I'm hosting an acoustic jam at Milano on the Fulton Mall. Anybody on any instrument is welcome to play. I'd like to thank regulars Louis and Tom and , lately Nye, for dropping by.

This jam started three or four years ago when Tom Walzem, of the Neptunes, posted a note at FresnoFamous. That Thursday at noon Tom and I met at the Fulton Mall clocktower with the young Patrick Contreras (still at Fresno State). It was hot out there. There was a loud preacher guy on… Continue

Added by Steve Ono on July 2, 2009 at 8:25am — No Comments

Summer Guitar Classes 2009

Summer Guitar Classes 2009

California ARTS Academy

4750 N Blackstone Ave

Fresno, CA 93726


Enroll online at

Steve Ono Instructor

Group Guitar Lessons for Kids as young as 5 years old (older kids and adults too) cost

$96 for 8 weeks of one hour classes ($48 per month). Enroll by online for a discount.

Kid’s Guitar

Thursdays at 4 PM (Severance)

Class length: 60 minutes… Continue

Added by Steve Ono on June 8, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Saturday Evening in the Garden

Diana Jones here at the Wolk Garden June 6. 6661 N. Forkner Steve Ono opens

Check out the latest news!

The Arts & Leisure magazine of the New York Times of Sunday, May 31 has a feature article about Diana Jones - see these links: (just zoom in to read)

Fresno pulls off another coup. Come see… Continue

Added by Steve Ono on June 3, 2009 at 2:05pm — No Comments

FCASH Music Directory

I was handed a FCASH Music Directory that seemed mostly from the 20th century. I was asked to add my contacts to the list and help get it up to date.

"The Fresno Coalition for Arts, Science & History is a 501 (c) (c) nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring the health of the arts and cultural community through advocacy, communication, cooperation and collaboration.

The mission of the Coalition is a thriving cultural… Continue

Added by Steve Ono on February 9, 2009 at 10:36am — 1 Comment

Do you have a song to sing?

I am an enabler. An enabler of musical dreams. If you can sing it I can find the chords for it and even write it down in music notation. I can create a music track composed of a guitar and voice all the way to a full band sound.
Check out the demos at

Added by Steve Ono on January 22, 2009 at 10:28am — 2 Comments

One More Time

Playing the blues is a great release. I am so grateful to my mentors, teachers and musical inspirations like BB King, Albert King, Clapton, Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael, Mancini, Jerry Goldsmith, Bird, Coltrane, Mingus, Joni Mitchell and all.

My wife is six years into a fight against ovarian cancer. This tune started with a scat vocal over a guitar and the intention to write a lyric.

All I have come up with is a refrain: This is the last blues, my last blues for you. Come on, baby,… Continue

Added by Steve Ono on December 26, 2008 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

New tunes give 'em a listen

I've uploaded four new tunes to exclusively. Any comment or reviews are welcome.

Added by Steve Ono on November 18, 2008 at 8:39am — No Comments

Guitar Classes and Private Lessons

I teach at the California ARTS Academy (formerly Cynthia Merril's). The oldest performing arts school in Fresno.

The Academy is located at 4750 N Blackstone near Shaw and at 1401 N Wishon in the Tower District. The website is The phone number is 559-222-6539 to get more info.

I am currently offering Group Guitar Classes, for kids as young as 6, on Mondays and Tuesdays at the Blackstone Location and on Thursdays at the Severance Building in the Tower… Continue

Added by Steve Ono on August 15, 2008 at 7:22am — No Comments

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