Sun hats, not rain hats at Day 3 of Music Fest

Margeaux Goodfleisch (left) and Niki Cutler of Goorin Bros., makers of bold hats, at  the company's booth at the Beale Street Music Festival.

Jon W. Sparks/Special to The Commercial Appeal

Margeaux Goodfleisch (left) and Niki Cutler of Goorin Bros., makers of bold hats, at the company's booth at the Beale Street Music Festival.

Memphis rockers Prosevere sound checked and girded up for its Bud Light Stage performance kicking off the final day of the Beale Street Music Festival at Tom Lee Park.

"We played the festival in 2009," said vocalist Gary Segars. "This is MUCH nicer weather," he said, recalling the deluges of yesteryear. This afternoon, he said, "We're going to bring the funk. We'll have nothing but a good time."

In the park, hats were doing a brisk business at the Goorin Bros. Hat Shop booth.

The San Francisco-based seller was touting its new store in Nashville by selling its "bold hats" at Music Fest.

"Fedoras are the hot sellers," said Margeaux Goodfleisch, who was staffing the booth full of unusually designed and stylish toppers with Niki Cutler.

The hats -- including ball caps and flat caps -- are designed with attention to detail, including the lining. The various collections and theme of the booth have a retro flavor, hearkening back to the day when neither ladies nor gents left the house without a fine headpiece.

Although it was Goorin's first time to have a booth at the festival, the vendor came prepared. In addition to hats, there were cans of "Raindri" for sale to waterproof headgear in case of rain.

But rain was not planning to make an appearance at the festival for the first time in more than a decade.

Diane Hampton, executive vice president of Memphis in May International Festival, was anticipating not having to go to Plan B for inclement weather. "Today," she said, "we have 100 percent chance of great music.

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