by craig eddy
This weeks Face of Local Music subject Jeff Ring is one of those mild-mannered types that you might not have noticed but you probably notice many of the contributions he has made to the local music scene. Jeff has been involved in putting on the La Honda Fair for many years. Even though he no longer books the Fair music schedule he is still a behind the scenes organizer. Jeff was born in San Francisco, moved immediately to Pacifica and at eight years old ended up in La Honda. He grew up hearing the local music in town but didn't catch the bug till his early twenties. His first band was the very authentic Reggae band Holy Smoke. They played for several years at the local venues and La Honda Fair. Currently Jeff plays with his band Lighthouse. They play a mix of Rock, Blues, and Country. Jeff started out playing guitar but one day his friend Perry handed him a bass and for several years Jeff was known as the town bassist. He subbed in as a bass player for several of the local bands. More lately he has returned to playing guitar and singing. Jeff doesn't make a big deal out of it but he is an excellent songwriter too. He was influenced by classic rock bands like the Beatles and Led Zepplin however, he feels he was influenced more by the local bands such as The Loma Mar Store Band, The Swindlers, and Rhythm Method than the commercial bands on the radio. Jeff is currently handling the booking of bands for Cafe Cuesta. You can see what Jeff is up to by checking out The Lighthouse Band on Facebook. He might be softspoken but he does love to turn it up and jam with his local musical buds. Catch Jeff and Lighthouse March 17th at Cafe Cuesta and at the upcoming La Honda Fair June 16 and 17th.