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Welcome to the online home of Warren Nelson - Songwriter, Musician, Entertainer, Poet, Historian, Radio Host and a Tent-show "Man of the Cloth" with a career in show business lasting over 40 years.

A Fairmont, Minnesota native, Warren is the founder of Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua and has led a team of talented musicians, actors, researchers and technicians in the creation of numerous large-scale, historical musicals since the 1970's.  He has had many honors bestowed upon him in his prolific career.

Here are some highlights:

1998 - Commissioned by the State of Wisconsin to write a musical for the state's sesquicentennial.

1999 - Voted "Best Folk Musician" by readers of Wisconsin Trails Magazine.

2005 - Awarded Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree by the University of Wisconsin-Superior, and invited to give their spring commencement address.

2005 - Honored as an official Fellow of the Wisconsin Academy of Arts, Sciences and Letters.

2006 - Honored with the first ever Wisconsin History Award from WI Historical Society for superb storytelling and unforgettable music to make history come alive for the thousands of people who have attended its (Big Top Chautauqua’s) performances.

2007 - Named "Minnesotan of the Year" for his outstanding contribution to the arts in Minnesota by the Minnesota Territorial Pioneers.

2008 - Given the Wisconsin Governor’s Award In Support of the Arts in partnership with Big Top Chautauqua.




Performance Schedule

Play Ball's Chautauqua Debut Was A Grand Slam!

Now Booking Tour Dates: info@warrennelson.com

"Warren Nelson is at the top of his game. Play Ball Is fabulous and well worth traveling to see!" - Dayle Quigley

For full information regarding upcoming performances, be sure to visit the Media page for times and contact information. If you would like to be informed of my future appearances and plans, please send your email address to: info@warrennelson.com

September 16, 17, 18 - Ashland, WI
September 24 - Washburn, WI
October 8, 9 - Bayfield, WI
November 4 - Ironwood, MI
January 21 - Fairmont, MN


From Warren

July 8, 2016

Wide Awake Citizens!

Thanks for coming to my website.  Summer is green and going here on the south shore of Lake Superior and the music is flowing.  Just performed at the Big Top and at Legendary Waters Casino in Red Cliff .. Riding The Wind, The Pond (a night of my Lake Superior songs), and So Many Shows, So Many Songs (a retrospective songs from  the original shows at Big Top.  Good crowds, great time.

Keeper of the Light returns to Big Top Chautauqua on July 14, 15, 16.  Betty Ferris and I put this show together in 1989 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Lighthouse Service.  It’s a staged musical; hope to see you there.

Projects of mine include recording a new original song CD with my son, Rowan, called “Big Fat Daddy and the Mule”.  We’ll start up in August.  Also looking to get shows on the road:  Song For the Wild, Riverpants, 30th Star, and Warren Nelson and Friends.

How I would love to perform house or backyard concerts with the Nelson Outfit.  So bring us to your place .. contact us at info@warrennelson.com.  As always, I thank you for listening to my music.

W P Nelson


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