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 heâ€™s worked with bands for as long as he could remember and â€œgot tried of dealing with lead singers.â€ 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 CSUâ€™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, donâ€™t want to hear original music from small-town bands, so his group is genre-less and takes requests.
â€œI was really tired of s***y original music,â€ he said. â€œNobody wants to hear s***y original music.â€
Two-years ago, when Harley D and the V Twins got together, Osterlund said they had five songs on their radar â€“â€“ that list has expanded to about 500.
â€œI just tell the crowd, â€˜Request a song, pay for it in the tip jar and if I donâ€™t know it, I will next timeâ€™,â€ 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 itâ€™s a fun show to do, even if he doesnâ€™t make a ton of money off of it.
â€œI believe in giving back to the community in any way I can, and my forte is sound,â€ he said. â€œI like to wake up in the morning and do what I do.â€
The Collegian is among 18 organizations â€“â€“Â including the university â€“â€“Â that are sponsoring The 2010 Lagoon Concert Series.
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