Day 4...The final day of the 20th annual Telluride Blues and Brews festival, although extremely muddy, was certainly not a disappointment.
Festival gates opened at 10:30AM and proceeded with a main stage performance from The Relatives and a "hair of the dog" bloody mary/champagne reception for those with a VIP wristband.
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band was next up on the lineup and brought the traditional New Orleans jazz/blues sound that it has been pumping out since their formation in 1961.
A familiar face to Telluride, Swedish-born rock guitarist/songwriter Anders Osborne followed up PHJB and filled Town Park with face melting blues improv guitar solos.
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe brought notes of funk and hip hop to the festival, as Karl wailed on the saxophone and performed a notable Beastie Boys tune "Sure Shot".
Master songwriter John Hiatt and his band The Combo graced the Blues and Brews main stage bringing soulful vocals and heart melting blues ballads.
Melissa Etheridge took the stage and was immediately greeted by the quintessential, recurrent Telluride rainbow. She rocked the valley with the help from her "ladies" - a double neck 12 and 6 string electric guitar. After the first song, she commented on the overwhelming beauty of her view of the Telluride valley from the stage and her love for the crowd's insatiable energy. Melissa appeased the audience by rocking a traditional blues format and performing old favorites such as "Come to my Window" and "I'm the Only One".
It was bittersweet to see the 20th Annual Blues and Brews come to an end. All we can do now is look forward to next September!