Eccentric Jerry Paper kicks off North American tour at Soda Bar

Indie musician stops by San Diego to promote his hard-to-define album ‘Like a Baby’


If you’re looking for something weird to do this weekend, Jerry Paper begs you to stop by Soda Bar.

Equal parts singer-songwriter and producer, this one-man show is quite the spectacle. And lucky for San Diegans, the first show of his North American tour — touting the chuckle-worthy title “I am begging you to come to these shows” — just so happens to be here on Friday, Sept. 6.


Lucas Nathan (aka Jerry Paper) is a multi-genre, experimental musician from Los Angeles. His sound is hard to pinpoint — likely due to his wide range of influences and desire for constant change — but can be described as lo-fi, synth-pop and electronic. Nathan pairs easy-listening beats with absurd lyrics and bizarre music videos. Many songs explore issues in the modern world such as technology and politics. Yet Nathan’s use of zany humor and quirky storytelling techniques usually keep things on the lighter side.

On stage, Nathan utilizes his eclectic alter-ego of Jerry Paper to play an exaggerated version of himself. His physical presence matches this persona — often clad in colorful robes, sparkly garlands or flowy dresses — with funky dance moves to boot.

Top tracks

“Chameleon World”
“Kill the Dream”
“Grey Area”
“Everything Borrowed”

(Video credit: Jam In The Van)

Fun fact

Jerry Paper collaborated with rapper Tyler The Creator for genre-blending, light-hearted holiday song “Hot Chocolate,” released last November.


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When: 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6
Where: Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Blvd., City Heights
Tickets: $12 online, $15 at the door