Jul 062010
Authors: Kirsten Silveira

Harley Osterlund started his band, Harley D and the V Twins, to give the people what they want to hear.

The 10-year Fort Collins music teacher said he’s worked with bands for as long as he could remember and “got tried of dealing with lead singers.” So, he learned vocals and started going to open mic nights.

The band, which quickly grew to include a bass and drum player, will kick off the Lagoon Concert Series tonight at 6:30 on CSU’s West Lawn.

The series has been an 18-year staple in the summertime Fort Collins music scene. The Mantooth Company, has produced the festivities for 11 years, according to its website.

Mantooth Company is a marketing firm based in Old Town. The summer concert series is free and event literature recommends bringing a picnic dinner, lawn chairs and blankets.

Local music lovers, Osterlund said, don’t want to hear original music from small-town bands, so his group is genre-less and takes requests.

“I was really tired of s***y original music,” he said. “Nobody wants to hear s***y original music.”

Two-years ago, when Harley D and the V Twins got together, Osterlund said they had five songs on their radar –– that list has expanded to about 500.

“I just tell the crowd, ‘Request a song, pay for it in the tip jar and if I don’t know it, I will next time’,” he said.

Osterlund also owns a local sound company, which travels the West to take care of both small-time and big-name shows. The summer, he said, is when he takes a break from full-time music lessons and kicks travel into high gear.

The Lagoon Concert Series, he said, is a low-budget production that he provides both sound and entertainment for. With a crowd of roughly 1,500, Osterlund says it’s a fun show to do, even if he doesn’t make a ton of money off of it.

“I believe in giving back to the community in any way I can, and my forte is sound,” he said. “I like to wake up in the morning and do what I do.”

The Collegian is among 18 organizations –– including the university –– that are sponsoring The 2010 Lagoon Concert Series.

Assistant News Reporter Kirsten Silveira can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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