A musical mixed bag

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Kelly Ann Richmond wanted something big.

She didn't want to throw a local fashion show or a concert or a dance or a disc-jockey-and-video-projection performance. She wanted them all at once.

After a few months of organizing, Richmond and the rest of Tribe Productions wound up with Saffire, what they call a "multimedia fashion-art-music extravaganza." Sonar hosts the six-hour experience Saturday.

"I think there's a lot of turmoil in the world right now, and my mission with Tribe is to try and bring as many people together and as many different genres of music and art to form a better sense of community," Richmond said.

The result is a collage of culture: four bands, two DJs, about eight designers and 80 models, fire-breathing, body-painting, dancing and video projections. All of the performers are from the area.

"I'm more interested in multimedia because I've never been able to pick a medium that I like best," Richmond said.

Saffire starts with DJ K-RAI's spinning accompanied by a video projection. Then, the first band, Locust Grove, takes the stage. After Locust Grove's set, there will be another audio performance by Telekinesis for Cats, followed by music from Telesma.

The Tribe Productions crew built a roughly 20-foot runway for the models to sashay down and painted a large graffiti backdrop for the fashion show. This part of the night highlights dance troupes Baltimore Dance Attack, Serpentina and Guardian Dance Company, whose members will wear costumes designed by local artists.

During the fashion show, there will be video projections and a musical backdrop by Tryst. The last set is a performance by the All Mighty Senators.

"I want to promote local art and music in Baltimore because the scene is not really competitive compared to other cities, and I think it could be," Richmond said. "It just hasn't happened yet for whatever reason. There's just a huge amount of talent."

Saffire starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at Sonar, 407 E. Saratoga St. Tickets are $17 for all ages and are available through Ticketmaster by calling 410-547-SEAT or going to ticketmaster.com. Visit sonarbaltimore.com for more information.

sam.sessa@baltsun.com

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