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Minneapolis boy's handmade front-yard piano concert ad goes viral

Posted at 9:53 AM on July 11, 2014 by Jay Gabler (9 Comments)
Filed under: Events

Dylan Spoering Piano Concert.jpg

Dylan Spoering, a young boy living in Uptown Minneapolis, is planning a piano concert tomorrow afternoon in his front yard — and a hand-made sign has earned him publicity he could never have dreamed of. Well, then again, he seems like the type of kid who dreams big.

Neighbor Thomas Rehbein noticed Dylan's sign in the front yard of the boy's home at 25th and Bryant, and was so charmed that he created a Facebook event to promote Dylan's concert. Rehbein later returned and found Dylan "out in front of the house promoting the concert to everyone within earshot. It will be on the front lawn. He and his whole family are pretty excited about you coming."

As I write, the Facebook event has over 700 invitees and nearly 60 confirmed attendees. The concert has been featured in l'etoile magazine's weekend event recommendations; among those who plan to attend are local musicians Gabriel Douglas (the 4onthefloor) and Cobey Rouse (Batteryboy). Local actress Anna Hickey also talked with Dylan, and reports that he's promising an ice cream social as well.

There's no word yet on what pieces Dylan will play, but the sign indicates that he'll be tickling the ivories from 2:30-3:20 p.m.


Update 7/12, 12:30 p.m.: A day later, Dylan's fame has spread. There are almost 500 attendees confirmed on Facebook, and there are plans to live-stream the concert when it begins at 2:30. Watch the stream, provided by Travis Lee, here.

Comments (9)

I LOVE this Kid already!!! Super!! Good Luck!!

Posted by ginny | July 11, 2014 9:34 PM

He was out promoting as I rode to work at 8am and still there when I rode home at 12:30pm!

Posted by Adam | July 12, 2014 1:01 PM

Break a leg Dylan!

Posted by Joshua | July 12, 2014 2:17 PM

We've lost the video feed. Audio is coming through though. Picture went out right before he started playing.

Posted by Aleka | July 12, 2014 2:46 PM

Got it back. Thanks!

Posted by Aleka | July 12, 2014 2:46 PM

You're going places kid! Keep playing music and promoting your talent! Look how many people you brought together in the rain! Bless you!

Posted by Marla Moszer | July 12, 2014 2:57 PM

What a great time, Dylan! I can say I knew you way back when...

Posted by janet | July 13, 2014 11:16 AM

You go Dylan. You put a huge smile on my face. Thank you.

Posted by Donna | July 16, 2014 12:11 AM

Very cool. Follow your dreams and let know one bring you down! May the lord bless you in all you do.

Posted by Shawn Mac Lean | July 16, 2014 12:42 AM