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Lee Fields

Lee Fields, a soul performer who's been compared to James Brown, will perform at the first Saudade Arts and Music Weekend at the Badlander.

The Badlander has announced the inaugural Saudade Arts and Music Weekend, which will take place at the Badlander complex in downtown Missoula Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 18-20.

Saudade, which is pronounced "sow-DAH-djee," is the lingering memory of someone or something that is an integral part of yourself.

Saudade is in commemoration of late Badlander owner Aaron Bolton, who devoted his life to art and music and is, to this day, an integral part of the Badlander complex.

As part of the event, the Badlander owners will donate $10,000 on behalf of Bolton and his family to Create Missoula, a nonprofit that funds youth music projects and allows for Missoula County Public Schools students to connect with the arts.

Create Missoula was founded by John Combs, who fostered and inspired many young musicians during his time as Hellgate High School’s band director, including Bolton.

The performers for Saudade include soul act Lee Fields and the Expressions, metal group Red Fang and former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Laila McQueen. 

Rounding out the bill are Uniiqu3, David Starfire, Reverend Slanky, LSDXOXO, Belt of Vapor, Sam Klass, Judgment Hammer, Impossible Girls, Kris Moon, Dead Hipster, Farch, performers from Last Best Records and more.

Saudade will be 18 and over. Tickets are $20 per night or $40 for all three nights. Advance tickets available online at or locally at the Savoy Casino, 123 W. Broadway.

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