In Nate Euhus's humble opinion the son of God would dig bands with a "positive vibe," like the Polyphonic Spree or the Flaming Lips. When Euhus, a picture framer, dressed as Christ for Halloween a couple years ago, a fellow partygoer took stock of his beard, long hair, and laid-back attitude and dubbed him LA Jesus. Euhus liked the response he got so much he started wearing the costume to shows. Decked out in a white robe and a crown of Christmas lights (powered by eight D batteries strapped onto a belt under his robe), he went backstage at a Lips show last year, then "just invited myself onstage," he says. "They didn't seem to mind at all." In fact the Lips invited him to reprise his performance at several shows here and in LA that year. These days Euhus is using his limited celebrity to send a message of "self-awareness," passing out cards with mottoes like "I'll believe in me if you believe in you" and "You too are a star" (these are also posted on his Web site, lajc.com). Euhus says his divine persona is respectfully intended, but he's faced at least one angry concertgoer: "He was like, 'There's a place for you, and it's hot.'" His response? "People are smiling and loving what I'm doing. Who is doing God's work here?"
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Saverio Truglia.