Rick Bocook, also known at Harpman Hatter, has been a fixture of the Spokane downtown for years. This Hillyard native decided to follow his passion of making music after finding himself without a home for a while. Wearing his trade mark top hat, he plays his collection of harmonicas for passers-by in the heart of Spokane, earning change from appreciative pedestrians. However, not everyone likes his presence. At times, certain store owners and the police feel that he's a nuisance and a source of loud noise, with his amplified harmonica. Instead of getting angry, he got educated. After studying the U.S. Constitution and local laws, he knows the rules and knows when his right of expression is being violated. Forming a loose-knit community with other street performers, he fights for the right to perform music in public and accept payment from anyone who digs his earthy, bluesy style. Harpman Hatter will share his music and stories on the Local Lounge this Bloomsday.
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Hear the raw blues and the thoughts of Harpman Hatter on Spokane's 103.1 KCDA Local Lounge on Sunday, May 1st, 2011 at 10 pm PDT. Tune your radio to 103.1 FM in the Spokane/Post Falls/Coeur d'Alene area or listen live to the on-line audio stream at this website. Just click on the "Listen Live" link in the upper-left corner of this page. You can also listen to the live broadcast on your iPhone, Android, or Blackberry with the iheartradio app.
Here is his entire Local Lounge show as high-quality streaming audio:
LISTEN to Part 1 (23:33)
LISTEN to Part 2 (26:20)
airdate: Sunday, May 1st, 2011 at 10 pm PDT
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Here's a video of Harpman Hatter performing his song "Devil, Scat!"
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