HERO gets musical hand from Human Touch Group

February 12, 1993|By Jean Marbella | Jean Marbella,Staff Writer

Music, poetry, art and politics -- all for $5.

"It'll be a one-room Lollapalooza," promises Greg Schmoke, referring to the traveling alternative rock festival of the past two summers.

Mr. Schmoke -- yes, the son of Mayor Kurt L. -- is one of the organizers of a benefit for HERO, the Baltimore-based AIDS resource organization, at The Bank tonight. The benefit will hTC feature several local bands, poetry readings, an art exhibit and informational booths.

Among the performers will be Mr. Schmoke's own 1-year-old band, Legion Lost, which plays a hybrid of psychedelic rock, jazz and reggae. Its name, he says, refers to his generation's sense of being adrift in an uncertain future.

"We were teen-agers during the excesses of the 1980s," the 21-year-old says. "Just about everyone I know, their parents got divorced in the '80s. There's the constant threat of nuclear Armageddon. The youth of today don't believe in tomorrow."

He hopes the benefit will be the first in a series, with future shows raising money for other causes, such as homelessness and the environment.

"We wanted to get the youth and local artists to work together creatively and influence social causes that we think are important," says Mr. Schmoke, a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts. Toward that end, he and other local artists have formed "The Human Touch Group" to organize such events.

The group chose acquired immune deficiency syndrome as its first cause because "it's unbiased," Mr. Schmoke says. "It affects everyone."

The Human Touch: A Benefit for People Living with AIDS

Who: Local bands, including Whips-n-Furs and ArJuHei.

Where: The Bank, 401 W. Baltimore St.

When: Tonight from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Tickets: $5 at the door. Proceeds go to HERO.

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