First Jason

First Jason

ARI LEHMAN is the actor/singer who has the unique honor of having played the role of the First Jason Voorhees in the Paramount Classic Horror Film "Friday the 13th" (1980). The original "Boy In The Lake" himself, Ari played a crucial role in the film's famous final scene, in which he suddenly emerges from the icy waters of Crystal Lake. Working with Special Effects Master Tom Savini at an early age gave Ari a deep appreciation for the Horror Greats including Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff and Vincent Price. Ari currently records and tours the US and Europe with his Horror Rock Band, FIRSTJASON. A native New Yorker, Ari grew up in Westport, CT, where he trained in Classical music and Jazz Piano. Recognized at an early age for his musical abilities, Ari was presented with an All-State Award for Excellence in Jazz Piano and a generous scholarship to Berklee School of Music by the famous jazz educator, Dr. Billy Taylor. Also actively engaged in performance and theatre, Ari heard about an audition being held in Westport, for a new movie, "Manny's Orphan's", about a group of inner-city orphans who play Soccer, directed by Sean S. Cunnngham. Ari snuck into the audition and landed the 80-line role of "Roger", a pre-pubecent comic character who is obsessed with girls. This role led to Ari getting the call to play Jason Voorhees in "Friday the 13th" from Sean S. Cunningham himself, who famously asked him "Can you swim?", Ari replied "Yes!" and the rest is Horror History. After the release of "Friday the 13th", Ari returned to New York City where he studied Jazz Piano in its breeding ground with the great Joanne Brackeen and enrolled in NYU studying Big Band Orchestration and Jazz Piano with recognized Masters Jim McNeely and Vladmir Shafranov. Interestingly, Ari's career led him to become a prominent touring Keyboardist for some of the top names in Reggae and African music, with whom he toured throught the US, Europe and West Africa, working for Bob Marley's own Tuff Gong Records and Interscope Records. As a seasoned recording artist and professional musician, Ari went on to receive acclaim with his own World Rock and Reggae band, when, upon moving to Chicago in late 2002, he was contacted by Horror fans who eagerly invited him to attend an East Coast Horror Convention. In response to their enthusiasm, Ari became a regular on the Horror Convention Circuit, and immediately saw a great opportunity to give Jason Voorhees a musical voice on the Punk and Metal scene. Ari proceeded to draw upon his 20 years' experience as a professional musician and recording artist and created FIRSTJASON specifically for Horror Fans, especially the fans of Jason Voorhees and "Friday the 13th". FIRSTJASON has performed in Punk/Metal clubs, Film Festivals, and Horror Conventions throughout the United States. The engaging showmanship and superior musicianship have consistently received enthusiastic response and have developed a strong following. Here is an exerpt from a recent review of a show on their 11-city Midwest tour in the Early Spring of 2009: "Like young Jason rising from the deep to take his prey, First Jason caught me by surprise. Lehman didn’t just play the keytar, he melted that motherfucker. He didn’t just sing songs about Jason, he sang them with a passion and a power that was above and beyond what the subject matter called for. When, toward the end of the set, he threw a Jason mask my way, I put it on and started banging my head, smiling like a maniac. I was glad I stuck around." (MP Johnson - FREAK TENSION MAGAZINE) FIRSTJASON has performed at HORRORHOUND WEEKEND, FANGORIA WEEKEND OF HORRORS, ROCK AND SHOCK, TEXAS FEAR FEST, and FLASHBACK WEEKEND Horror Conventions, as well as THE MILWAUKEE METAL MASSACRE and many of the top Punk/Metal venues throughout the MidWest. ARI LEHMAN has appeared in E!, Entertainment Weekly, Blender Magazine, Chicago Reader, The Chicago-Sun Times, Illinois Entertainer, Denver CBS4-TV News, and Fangoria Radio. He has also appeared at Horror events in Germany, Holland and the United Kingdom. Ari has also composed, performed and recorded a number of soundtracks for independent films, including Alexia Anastasio's critically acclaimed all-female "SALOME", and VAMP FILMS "VAMPIRA THE MOVIE" which received the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award for the Best Independent Film of 2007. (FIRSTJASON, and www.FirstJason.com, are in NO WAY affiliated with Paramount Pictures, or New Line Entertainment. All rights reserved

The Ugly

"A combination of Misfits-style horror-punk, Slayer-intense thrash-metal and a bit of Rev. Horton Heat psychobilly sounds like an unholy mixture designed to appeal to only the most twisted and self-punishing of palates--the musical equivalent of Elvis' favorite peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwich. But the suburban Chicago trio the Ugly proves to be a delicious and addictive treat." -Jim Derogatis
THE UGLY is the world's only psycho-thrash band. Fugitives from the law, they combine the catchy melodies of horror punk with the aggression and sound of a thrash band. They are wanted in connection with countless violent crimes. Currently wanted by the authorities, and a facility known only as "The Anstalt". In 2006 they released the six song demo EP,"... And Now The Screaming Starts". They followed it up with in 2010 with their first full length CD, "Psycho Thrash Suicide". Buy it. Tell people. Support murder.

The Hallow

Chicago Punk Done Right!

Johnny Vomit

Since Johnny Vomit's inception in December of 1986, the band has created quite a name for itself with its patented brand of musical mayhem. Hailing from Chicago's South Side and south suburbs, Johnny Vomit has attained cult-like status through numerous frenzied live gigs, one-of-a-kind drunken blowouts, and a 1989 demo that unleashed the band throughout the underground.
Influenced by mid-80's speed metal, hardcore and punk rock, the band was formed by John and Roman while attending Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. John took the name Johnny (from his high school screw around band John Doe) and Roman contributed the name Vomit (from his high school project Vomit) to arrive with the moniker Johnny Vomit. Venom, Discharge, D.R.I., Black Flag, Meatmen and the Mentors are cited as the bands's early influences.

In recent years, the band has been relatively idle due to countless lineup changes that have plagued them like some kind of Spinal Tap curse. Fortunately, the band has solved its personnel troubles, solidifying a lineup that has been intact since October of '96. Eric on guitar, Bill on drums and longtime bass mainstay Scott, join Roman (guitar) and John (vocals) for a Johnny Vomit lineup that is ready to take its drun

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Friday, December 20 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at The Abbey Pub