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Moorhead teen describes playing with music idol at WE Fest

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Fargo, N.D. (WDAY-TV) – Dan Brekke held only the faintest of hopes that 3 simple words lobbied by a friend from a social media account would land him on a stage with one of his musical idols.

Then, ‘#letbrekkeplay’ took on a life of its own on Twitter.

“"There were people I didn't know that were tweeting the hashtag,” said Brekke.

Thanks to that support from fans, family and friends, Brekke’s wish to meet country music star Brad Paisley was not only noticed but also granted.

Hours before the show, Brekke said one of people working for Paisley sent him a direct message on Twitter, telling him he was going to meet the icon back stage.

"This guy was the easiest guy (to talk to),” said Brekke. “It was like I walked in and I had been best friends with him."

However, the 18-year-old didn’t realize he’d actually get the opportunity to play with Paisley until he was invited on stage during the very last song of the WE Fest concert.

"I can't even describe the emotion I felt on the inside," said Brekke. "It was like heaven raining down. Just lights and smoke. And I'm looking out and people are saying, ‘Well, who is this guy, you know?’ "

Brekke met the opportunity with gusto, even taking Paisley up on an invitation to play a solo during the song.

But his performance should come as no surprise.

Brekke displays no shortage of musical ability (click here for more).

Brekke said he will be using the performance to further his musical ambitions.

“It has given me a whole new taste for something I l already knew I wanted but now I want it so much worse,” said Brekke.

For information about Dan Brekke’s scheduled performances, follow the link in the story.  

Drew Trafton

I joined the WDAY 6 news team in September of 2013 as a weekend anchor and reporter. I am currently the Assitant News Director and 5p.m. anchor. Previous to arriving in the F-M area, I worked as a broadcast journalist at the CBS affiliate (KTVQ) in Billings, Montana (sidenote: my hometown). I have worn many hats in my young broadcast career as an anchor, reporter, producer, sports producer and online producer. However, my favorite role to play is storyteller. Off the clock (are we ever really off the clock?) I enjoy taking in a sporting event on TV or in person. On the professional level, I root for Seattle teams. As a graduate of the University of Montana, I also enjoys FCS football (but forgive my allegiance). I also enjoy reading, watching movies, listening to good music and frolicking in the outdoors. I enjoy those things all the more when I can do them with my wife and our daughter. If you have a story idea for me, or just want to say hello, you can send me an email!

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