There are a lot of starving artists out there, but 8-year-old Dylan Spoering definitely won’t be among them.
The little boy’s story began when he decided to put out a handmade sign advertising his very first piano concert:
He was probably only expecting his family – maybe a few friends – to show up. But when his neighbour Thomas Rehbein noticed the sign, he spoke to the boy and decided to create a Facebook event.
On the page, Rehbein wrote “I have no idea who Dylan Spoering is, but he made this sign and put it out in his front yard, which I saw while biking home. Wouldn’t it be cool if a bunch of people showed up for his free concert?”
That’s when word of the little guy’s gig exploded.
When the day finally came, even though it was raining, umbrella-wielding spectators started to line Spoering’s yard chanting “Dylan! Dylan!”
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Emerging all dressed up in a white-collared shirt, the tiny performer played his tune to the masses. A live stream of his performance has already racked up tens of thousands of views.
The crowd went wild. By the end of his show, Spoering was even signing autographs and mingling with new fans:
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“I just wanted to play for people and I just wanted to play for free and now I’m famous,” the eight-year-old told WTXF-TV.
After a quick intermission where he handed out Oreo cookies, the little boy invited everyone to a nearby park for an “ice cream social.”
But not before playing one more song first, as the crowd called for an encore.
Rehbein posted on the event page that Dylan has another concert coming up on Aug 2. Given that the post has already received 113 likes, it looks like another big turnout is on the horizon.
Keep dreaming big, little guy.