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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

May 16 - Hayward, WI
June 6 - Highbridge, WI
July 2 - Bayfield, WI
July 10 - Bayfield, WI
July 23-25 - Wasburn, WI
August 23 - Fairmont, MN


From Warren

23 APRIL 2015

Wide Awake Citizens!

Thanks for coming to my website. I hope all is well with you. I’m on a roll writing songs for my new show Green Room To Run, an environmental concert with visuals. The first half features the writings of Sigurd Olson who was one of America’s great Conservationists. The show will be especially keeping with his mission of safekeeping the Boundary Waters Canoe Area a wilderness. I’m putting music to his prose. The second half of the show will feature songs I have written over the years celebrating Mother Earth.

The summer highlight for me will be presenting Souvenir Views, the show that Betty Ferris and I created for Washburn’s Centennial in 1983. We will be playing it three days during Homecoming in July. It was the first big show we did hereabouts and it led to Riding The Wind and Big Top Chautauqua.

Next up for my band is a concert at The Park Theatre in Hayward on May 16, 7:30. The Park is a sweet venue and I hope to see you there as well as at our gigs this summer.

Until we meet again, WN



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