The Midlothian ISD Education Foundation’s Denim & Diamonds benefit is becoming a major attraction for heavy hitters in the Texas Red Dirt music scene. Last year for its first benefit, the foundation landed renowned country artist Jack Ingram.

Another Texas country legend will play at the MEF’s second Denim & Diamonds event. MEF has announced that Jason Boland has been lined up to perform at the second-annual benefit concert and auction. Boland will be accompanied by his fiddle player, Nick Worley.

The concert will take place on Thursday, March 5 at Bella Woods Wedding and Event Venue on North 9th Street in Midlothian. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Food trucks and beverages will be available for purchase, and there will be an auction open for bidding. All attendees must be 21 or older.

Boland and his band, the Stragglers, have been Red Dirt fixtures for more than two decades. They have released nine studio albums to date as well as two live albums, “Live and Lit at Billy Bob’s Texas” (2002) and “High in the Rockies: A Live Album” (2010). The studio album “Squelch” (2015) peaked at No. 11 on the U.S. country charts.

Boland and the Stragglers are currently on their “Pearl Snaps” 20th anniversary tour.

Boland’s concert is a benefit for MEF, which according to the MISD website is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt, public charity, philanthropic organization of citizens who share a vision of enhancing education in MISD. It works to increase private support for educational activities at MISD which benefit students and personnel by supporting activities not funded by tax dollars.

MEF fosters creative approaches to education through private grants and involvement, and awards Foundation funds to educational programs and activities that either have not been funded or are underfunded because of budgetary constraints. The foundation’s volunteer Board of Directors is made up of business, community and educational leaders.

Since 2005, MEF has awarded over $500,000 through Innovative Teaching Grants at Midlothian ISD. The grants are designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize and reward innovative and creative instructional approaches to the accomplishment of program objectives.

The Midlothian ISD Education Foundation administers two scholarship funds for MISD employees' continuing education. Since 1997, over $75,000 has been invested in MISD through this scholarship program.

Tickets for the gala are available now at bit.ly/denim_diamonds2020. For more information, email misdedfound@gmail.com.