The Internet gods have spoken, and the latest viral video sensation is a mystery drummer from La Crosse.
She’s old, she’s adorable, and she shreds like Lars Ulrich. With her fluffy white hair and spectacles, this little old lady looks like she could be your grandma. But get a pair of drumsticks in her hand, and she becomes a rock star.
She has been coming into Coalition Drum Shop, 215 State St., once every few months since the store opened last year, said store manager Dustin Hackworth.
“We don’t know anything about her, except that her name is Mary. She comes in, plays ‘Wipe Out’ for about 10 minutes and leaves,” he said. “She’s awesome.”
On Thursday, drum shop employees posted a YouTube video of Mary drumming, and it became an overnight viral sensation, with more than 100,000 views as of 6 p.m. Friday.
Hackworth fielded dozens of calls Friday from news and entertainment outlets — ranging from “The Steve Harvey Show” to CNN — all inquiring about the identity of the mystery drummer and requesting permission to share the clip.
The video has graced the pages of websites including BuzzFeed Video, Mashable, The Huffington Post and Yahoo News. It also has been shared by dozens of other sites across the nation.
“We hope the media attention will help us find her,” Hackworth said.
As of Friday evening, Coalition Drum Shop gained more than 100 “likes” on Facebook and more than 100 new subscribers to its YouTube channel.
“It’s crazy how much this is blowing up,” Hackworth said.