Video: "Mystery grandma" soloing in La Crosse drum shop will go viral in 3 ... 2 ...


Ever seen an elderly woman - perhaps an octogenarian, no less - whip out a backside-whumpin' drum solo like she was Questlove? You will.

Gawker has the video and the story from Coalition Drum Shop in La Crosse, Wis., where a "mystery grandma" strolled into the shop and laid down some serious skin-pounding law in front of a disbelieving staff, which wisely broke out the smartphones to document the display.

Ok, maybe more like Gene Krupa, but still totally slammin' - with a stylish stick twirl thrown in for good measure. Take a look:

Not clear what day this happened, but the drum shop's web site posted the video Friday.

"She was rocking out before rock was rock," says the Facebook introduction to the video.

There's actually two vids, including one with the woman on another trap set, using a double bass-drum pedal a la Alex Van Halen. (Supposedly for the first time, according to the employees and her reaction at the end of the clip.) Here's that one:

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