Local, independent artists, musicians and comedians. An intimate, historic venue. Diverse, unique and welcoming shows. It's all here, Up Front at Shadowbox Live (formerly known as the Backstage Bistro).

Check out our shows below, learn about our latest display art or book the venue for your next event.


shows up front

Standup. Sketch. Improv. Game Shows...Opera? Yep, that's Up Front at Shadowbox Live, where you'll find independent art, artists and shows that are full of heart, grit and guts. Check out our regular shows below or browse our calendar for something to talk about at the water cooler tomorrow..

Book your next event up front

Looking for a truly unique place to hold your next event? Up Front is versatile, can accommodate up to 120 guests...oh, and did we mention our bar? From casino nights to salsa dancing to corporate meetings, Up Front is Columbus' best kept venue secret. To learn more about what your event might look like Up Front, contact us.