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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. 


A Tribute Show to the Lost Nation String Band:




Performance Schedule

November 24 - Washburn, WI
January 19-
Washburn, WI
February 9 - Washburn, WI
March 30 - Washburn, WI

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


From Warren

September 17 2018

Dear Wide Awake Citizens,

Thanks for coming to my website. Fall is in the air around Chequamegon Bay and I’m ready to troll! That also means Applefest in Bayfield is coming up. I will be performing solo in front of the Keeper Of The Light store on Saturday and Sunday. Been doing that for years. Hope to see you there. As for upcoming events, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving I am putting together a Lost Nation String Band Tribute show at the Harbor View Event Center in Washburn. Don Pavel, Bruce Burnside and I formed Lost Nation around Madison in 1978. We became well known around the North in the early 1980s and the band was the centerpole of Big Top Chautauqua which I founded in 1986. At least four members of the group will be playing along with Mason Pavel, son of the late great guitarist and partner of mine Don Pavel. Don’t miss this!

Also I am finished editing a book of poems entitled “Praise This Amazing Air” which will be released in late October.

As for shows at the Harbor View, we will continue next January producing at least one show a month of songs from my shows.

I am grateful every day for your listening to my songs. The email address to contact me is info@warrennelson.com



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