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Mother Nature doesn't deter music fans

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - Some folks say it's pretty much inevitable: Rain and the first weekend in May seem to be synonymous in the Bluff City.

Sunday's relentless rain made for a muddy mess in Tom Lee Park on the final night of the Beale Street Music Festival.

But thousands of revelers didn't let the nasty weather keep them from enjoying the wide range of musicians who took to the stage Sunday, including James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Snoop Dogg, Fall Out Boy and Jerry Lee Lewis.

"It's Memphis in May - it always rains," said music fan Richie Pierce. "It's a great time down here." 

Draped in ponchos and holding umbrellas, mud-splashed music lovers braved the downpour to enjoy the sights and sounds of the popular annual event on the banks of the Mississippi.

But treading through the muddy mess posed a challenge for concert-goers like Brittany Ray.

"It's pretty impossible. I almost fell on my face. My friends had to help me up," she said.  

Matt Baahlman decided to take shelter under a festival merchandise tent.

"I wish it were sunnier and warmer," he said.

But music fans like Erica Byrd said putting up with the messy weather was well worth it.

"Where can you go and find 60 bands that are willing to do this and enjoy it rain or shine? It doesn't matter," she said.

Althought the music festival ended Sunday, Memphis in May festivities continue through the month with the International Festival Salute to Chile, World Championship Barbecue Contest and Sunset Symphony.

Click here to visit the official Memphis in May International Festival Web site.

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