Jason Boland and the Stragglers

Movers and shakers in the Lake Highlands Exchange Club rocked the neighborhood in 2011 when they proposed a new fundraiser called Oktoberfest. Today it’s hard to imagine life in LH without the fun family event on Flag Pole Hill.

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Exchangites are shaking things up again in March, revamping their traditional spring auction and adding a benefit concert March 28. Popular Texas country band Jason Boland and the Stragglers will perform at Gilley’s South Side Music Hall.

Boland and his band are currently touring nationally, with shows in Chicago, Pittsburg, Atlanta and Nashville, to name a few stops. American Highways magazine calls their ninth album, Hard Times are Relative, “danceable, old-school country tunes combined with lyrics both traditional and introspective.” “The album feels musically tight yet comfortably lived-in,” continues the writer, “befitting a band that’s spent the better part of two decades together.”

You can listen to “Pearl Snaps” via Youtube below.

Online tickets are $50 each and give you access to the concert, open bar and mid-evening breakfast taco bar. Along with live and silent auction items, there’ll be “sign and go” parties, where your donation gets you into another fun event. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9.

Proceeds will go to the ECLH’s great work in the community, including the college scholarships they award in May. Over the past 5 years, more than $500,000 has been received by LHHS seniors. ECLH members also provide leadership and financial support of the Dallas Child Abuse Prevention Center, tutor and mentor students at LH-area schools, provide emergency clothing, medical and dental funds to area children and families and sponsor LH’s Fourth of July Parade and other events. Their awards to deserving LH citizens include Youth of the Month, Character Counts, A.C.E (Accepting the Challenge of Excellence), Young Citizens Awards, Teacher of the Year, Unsung Hero and Police Officers and Fire Fighters Awards.