Rain holds off for Beale St. Music Festival, storms still coming

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival got a small break Friday night as storms held off, but the rain is still coming.

Despite a cloudy and windy day, a ray of hope was a welcome sight for festival attendees who came prepared for nasty weather.

Those who came out only had one thing on their mind.

"They said hail and tornados, a lot of rain," said Michelle Stuart, "but we're expecting amazing music."

Even rapper Al Capone had his eyes glued to the sky.

"I feel blessed right now because I see glimmers of sun, but feel no rain drops and beautiful breeze," Al Capone said.  "It's a beautiful day for Memphis in May."

Event organizers were also prepared.

"We have a very carefully studied security operations plan which includes all sorts of incidents, including weather," said Diane Hampton, Executive Vice President of Beale Street Music Festival.  "We're not anticipating that but we're ready just in case."

For many in the crowd, the rainy forecast just makes the festival much more fun.

"I'm prepared to stay no matter what," said Dorlisa Davis.  "I have an extra poncho that I'll put on and just rock out."

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