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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

June 28 - Big Top Chautauqua
July 3 - Big Top Chautauqua
July 4 - Madeline Island
July 17 - Big Top Chautauqua
August 1 - Big Top Chautauqua


From Warren

10 May 2014

Wide Awake Citizens,

Spring is sprung!  I hope this note finds you well.

I’ve finished all the songs for my new show Take Me To The Islands which debuts at Big Top Chautauqua June 28 and plays twice more later in the summer. I’m also doing two Riding The Winds and a concert.  Hope to see you there!

THE BIG NEWS IS THE RELEASE OF A NEW CD BY MY SON ROWAN.  It’s entitled The Lost Pilot by Johnny Rowan.  He wrote all the tunes, sang, played all instruments, mixed it and did the artwork.  I highly recommend it.  You can download the songs on CD baby or if you would like a hard copy give him your address at Orders@JohnnyRowan.com   Your address will be kept confidential. $15 plus $3 for mailing.  I have been gigging with him for the past 3 years.  He is an amazing musician.

Until we meet again.  Keep your foot off the brake.



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