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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

July 2 - Bayfield, WI
July 3 - Ladysmith, WI
July 5 - Spider Lake, WI
July 7 - Bayfield, WI
July 10 - Bayfield, WI
July 11 - Ashland, WI
July 19 - Bayfield, WI
July 23-25 - Washburn, WI
August 8 - Bayfield, WI
August 23 - Fairmont, MN


From Warren

9 June 2015

Wide Awake Citizens!

Summer’s a- comin’ and there’s music to be made. I will be returning to Big Top Chautauqua, the tent show I founded in 1986. Take note of the two dates for Take Me To The Island which debuted last summer. This year my concert with my friends, a big all-star band, will really be a night to remember. Playing with me will be, Jack Gunderson, Rowan Nelson-Ferris, Andy Dee, Randy Sabien, Severin Behnen, Otis McLennon. How’s that for a band? We’ll be dead for millions and zillions of years so be ready to stay up late that night.

Anglin’ Wayne and the Trollers will rock the boat at the “5th annual Musky Ball” in Ladysmith, WI. This is a hoot of a gig with Brad Bohen. champion fly fisherman, as host. Along with a night of music by the Trollers band will be a hog roast, costumes contest, fly casting contest, fishiness and lots of dancing.

At Washburn’s Homecoming on July 23,24,25, Souvenir Views, the first musical Betty Ferris and I produced hereabouts, will play at the St. Louis Parish Hall: admission is free.

Another highlight of the summer will be a performance at the Martin County Fair in my hometown in Minnesota. I grew up running the midway traveling with my dad to county fairs in southern Minnesota. That’s why there’s a tent show in Bayfield. We will be playing songs from A Martin County Hornpipe on the closing date of the fair.

Here’s wishing you a glorious summer and I’m hoping to see you soon.



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