Soul Position and more announced as initial Independents' Day headliners


Beggars performs at last year's Independents' Day in Franklinton

It appears as though Independents' Day will have a bit more soul when it makes its annual return to the city this September.

The ever-evolving music festival, which launched downtown in 2008 and will take over the emerging arts enclave of Franklinton for the second year running on Sept. 19 and 20, just announced its first batch of 2015 headliners, highlighted by an appearance from Soul Position - the pioneering alternative hip-hop duo comprised of rapper Blueprint, currently making the rounds on his excellent new solo album King No Crown, and DJ/producer RJD2.

Other headliners include long-running pop-rock crew Red Wanting Blue, folk-rock collective Saintseneca and shadowy electronic duo RoeVy. Additionally, the event will mark the debut live performance from the Skulx, a newborn collaboration featuring members of Foxy Shazam and Cadaver Dogs - already the odds-on favorite to deliver the booziest set of the weekend despite never having performed a single note of music onstage together.

Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks, along with a full roster of vendors and details on the always-expanding, carnival-esque shenanigans that accompany the event.

"The physical growth of the festival is coming from the understanding that Independents' Day is made of many individual independent efforts, and if everyone does a little then we all have a lot to celebrate," said festival cofounder Adam Brouillette in a press release. "For every band on stage, every comedian and vendor, every mini-golf hole, and every human-sized foosball table, there is someone [who] realized that their contributions matter and can benefit the whole."