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Pop Shop Is Making Rock N' Roll Dreams Come True

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MONONGALIA COUNTY -

At 14 years old, fronting a band playing on huge stages like the Monongalia County fair is a dream come true.

That dream is reality for many local musicians tuning their skills at Pop Shop WV.

"I've always listened to music, since I was a young kid. I listened to Foxy Lady when I was five, so I've always lived music and this is great just being in a band," said Ivy Yost, 15.

For five hours a day this week, a few area teens will "Rock Out" in the Pop Shop WV's studio, during the it's annual intensive summer course.

"It's pretty cool actually, because you get together with kids your own age and learn to jam and do covers," said guitarist Jacob Dobbins, 15.

Pop Shop is truly a school of rock. All year long founder Chris Russell teaches Rock N' Roll to area bands and musicians. Hoping to help a few dreams come true.

"I see a lot of kids in the area want to organize bands, I just try to organize it a bit," said Russell.

Part of Russell's organizing is putting his students in the spotlight.

This weekend 5 Pop Shop Bands will take the stage at the Monongalia County Fair. Last year a pair of bands even opened for the Davisson Brothers Band.

The students have also spent the week Skyping with professional musicians who play with Ke$ha, and in bands like OK Go.

"We always ask them where they came from and a lot of them have humble beginnings," said Russell. They come from places like West Virginia, or suburbs or the country, and they've all made a name for them self by doing what they love to do, and the kids are really embracing that this week."

"I really haven't decided if I want to be in music, but it's a real big passion of mine and I love playing," said Yost.

The bands will play at the fair Saturday starting at noon.