Name your favorite local band, theater collective, dance group and clothing company. They'll likely all be at Independents' Day 2010.

Name your favorite local band, theater collective, dance group and clothing company. They'll likely all be at Independents' Day 2010.

The third-annual Downtown event celebrating all things local and independent will be bigger than ever this year, with about 50 bands and 200 vendor booths.

"We're stepping it up to include more and more independents," said organizer Timothy Wolf Starr, director of the Small Business Beanstalk. Beyond music and theater performances, there'll be live creation of art, cooking demonstrations, a "yardless" sale and even a dance mob performing among the crowd.

CoCo Loupe, local dancer and organizer of the event's dance performances, says ID has a democratic nature that lets everyone join in.

"The fundamental spirit is that if you're doing something interesting and you're experimenting and pushing the edges of your field, then come on out and do your thing," she said.

Dance performances this year will include Anna Sullivan's She-Fire troupe, Dove Arts Project and traditional Chinese dancers from Yu Dance Arts.

The event's a good chance to show that being Downtown can be fun.

"Personally, there's not very many events bringing me into the heart of the city," said Sam Corlett, who performs with Karate Coyote and Maza Blaska. "There'sa special feeling that results from putting a bunch of independentartists and musicians in the middle of a corporate downtown environment."

Carlos Avendano, singer and guitarist for Flotation Walls, likes that ID is "less beer-focused" than other festivals. The Independents' Day veteran finds that he benefits from being exposed to other art forms.

"I'm a big fan of visual and performance art, and while music is my first love, these things ... can be more inspiring musically than seeing other bands," he said.

Exposing folks to these arts and entrepreneurial communities will help build an audience for them, which is essential for their success, Avendano believes.

"If the support for the local music and art scene was even one-eighth of the support for the local sports teams, there would be financial incentive to make better art and music," Avendano said. "High-profile events like Independents' Day are hopefully bridging the gap a bit between the Columbus Crew and Shin Tower Music."