It's Sunday, the last evening of the Beale Street Music festival, and Merek Swaim shows the usual signs of having become a "festival zombie."
He's tired, sweaty, and lowers himself into his desk chair as if he were settling in to a Sleep Number Bed.
But this year, he's also laughing... a lot.
After taking a trouble-free golf cart ride from one end of Tom Lee Park to the other, the vice president of operations for the Memphis in May International Festival had only the sunshine to contend with.
"Man it's hot out there," he says. "But it's great. I'm so happy. We're not hauling tour buses out of the mud. It makes life a lot easier."
A rainless music festival doesn't necessarily mean cost savings for the organization, he says, as his crew of seasonal workers always prepare for the worst.
"You do save a little money in labor," he said. "Especially in the clean-up of the park afterward. It's still a lot of long hours. But it's gone very smooth so far."
For Maryanne Marcy, from Tupelo, and her friend Mary Newman, from Memphis, the sunny weather had a major impact in one crucial regard.
They both simultaneously pointed to their shoes -- high heels, lacy gold straps.
"We got to wear nice clothes," Newman said.
"During the year of Snoop Dogg, I lost a shoe and a purse in the mud," said Marcy, who was also wearing white shorts.
"But I also like the rain," Newman said, wistfully. "Fewer people."
At that moment, Chris Robinson, on hiatus from his band the Black Crowes, happened to be on stage singing "Blue Suede Shoes" -- footwear that might have been worn without fear of being stepped on by muddy boots.
J.W. Whitten had a bittersweet outlook on the weather. Jerry Lee Lewis' manager was backstage to see The Killer's replacement -- rock legend Little Richard -- perform in his place.
"Jerry Lee loves Memphis in May," Whitten said. "It's his favorite concert every year."
Lewis, the last of Memphis' great Million Dollar Quartet, plays the festival, rain or shine, almost every year. He broke his leg in a fall last month.
"He just got out of rehab after 23 days. He's seeing a physical therapist three days a week. He's almost walking," Whitten said. "He'll be back."
Meanwhile, the 79-year-old Little Richard was wheeled onto the stage and played for the classic rock crowd who gathered in close -- as much for the shade as for the proximity to one of the last great men of early rock.