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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

February 20,21 - Cable, WI
March 14 - Fairmont, MN
March 21 - Washburn, WI
May 16 - Hayward, WI
July 23-25 - Wasburn, WI
August 23 - Fairmont, MN


From Warren

Feb. 2, 2015

Wide Awake Citizens!

I hope your new year is off and running, mine is off and singing with the Nelson Outfit. We played a concert at the beautiful Ironwood Theatre in Michigan last weekend and it was a delight. To play a restored vaudeville hall built in 1928 Is right up my alley. They don’t make’em like that anymore. Check out their website- www.ironwoodtheatre.net.

Jack Gunderson, my music partner for 48 years, is now playing with us regularly, joining Otis McLennon the harmonica king and Rowan Nelson-Ferris the American Flyer on banjo and guitar. Jack’s voice and bass playing is a great addition.

My newest project is Green Room To Run, a multi-media concert celebrating wild and wilderness in song for the preservation and stewardship of planet Earth. The compass of the show points North but the new musical is as wide as the world. The message is to honor and preserve the wild land left, the flora and fauna, all habitat that will give our children and our children’s children the experience of first Earth. The wild land can be a backyard as well as pure wilderness.” The first half will focus on the voice of Sigurd Olson who was the leader in the saving The Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It has the blessing of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute of Northland College.

Hope to see you soon.  Take good care and write me a letter in longhand.



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