Performance Schedule

July 2
Big Top Chautauqua, Bayfield WI 7:30 p.m.
TAKE ME TO THE ISLANDS, Warren’s 2014 show about the people Of the Apostle Islands
With: Warren, Rowan Nelson-Ferris, Otis McLennon, Jack Gunderson, Tom Mitchell, Phil Anich, Mary Lou Williams, Ed Willett, Cheryl Leah, Severin Behnen, Michael Charette, Betty Ferris
Tickets: www.bigtop.org 715-373-5552 888-244-8368

July 3
Musky Ball, Ladysmith music starts at 7:00 p.m.
Flambeau Lodge, N7870 Flambeau Road, Ladysmith
ANGLIN’ WAYNE & THE TROLLERS: Warren Nelson, Randy Sabien, Andy Dee, Rowan Nelson-Ferris, Otis McLennon, Jack Gunderson
Opening Act by Jennifer J. Holt
Event includes: hog roast; costume contest with prizes for best costume, (Women / Lady Liberty, Men / Uncle Sam, Kids / Eagle), theme Red/White/Blue; fly casting contest, demos & general fishiness. Weekend camping packages available.
Tickets & info: www.FlambeauLodge.com. Luke Bower @ 715-532-5392

July 5
Spider Lake Volunteer Fire Department Pig Roast Picnic 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Spider Lake Town Hall; 13 miles east of Hayward on Highway 77
With: Warren, Rowan Nelson-Ferris, Otis McLennon
Event is 11:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.
Adults: $8 Kids (10 & under) $5
For more information: kathyfhnbinc@cheqnet.net

July 7
Bayfield, WI, Memorial Park Gazebo 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
TUESDAY CONCERTS BY THE LAKE
With: Warren and Jack Gunderson
FREE. May bring blanket or lawn chair

July 10
Big Top Chautauqua, Bayfield WI 7:30 p.m.
WARREN NELSON & FRIENDS in CONCERT
With: Warren, Jack Gunderson, Rowan Nelson-Ferris, Andy Dee, Randy Sabien, Severin Behnen, Otis McLennon
Tickets: www.bigtop.org 715-373-5552 888-244-8368

July 11
Ashland Oredock Celebration, Ashland WI 5:00 p.m.
With: Warren, Jack Gunderson, Phil Anich, Otis McLennon, Rowan Nelson-Ferris
FREE

July 19
Big Top Chautauqua, Bayfield WI 7:30 p.m.
RIDING THE WIND, The Nelson-Ferris Concert Company Show About Bayfield and area
With: Warren, Phil Anich, Severin Behnen, Gerry DePerry, Betty Ferris, Jack Gunderson, Otis McLennon, Tom Mitchell, Rowan Nelson-Ferris, Danielle Nepstad, Mary Lou Williams, Don Albrecht
Tickets: www.bigtop.org 715-373-5552 888-244-8368

July 23, 24, 25
Washburn, WI, St. Louis Parish Hall, Washington Avenue
Songs & visuals from SOUVENIR VIEWS, Washburn’s Centennial history show created by Warren Nelson and Betty Ferris
With: Warren, Betty Ferris, Jack Gunderson, Otis McLennon, Ed Willett, Rowan Nelson-Ferris
One hour performances: FREE
July 23 7:30 p.m.
July 24 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
July 25 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

August 8
Big Top Chautauqua, Bayfield WI 7:30 p.m.
TAKE ME TO THE ISLANDS, Warren’s 2014 show about the people of the Apostle Islands
With: Warren, Phil Anich, Severin Behnen, Michael Charette, Jack Gunderson, Cheryl Leah, Otis McLennon, Tom Mitchell, Rowan Nelson-Ferris, Mary Lou Williams, Ed Willett
Tickets: www.bigtop.org 715-373-5552 888-244-8368

August 23
Martin County Fair, Fairgrounds, Fairmont MN 1:00 – 3:00
Including songs from the MARTIN COUNTY HORNPIPE
With: Warren, Rowan Nelson-Ferris, Randy Sabien, Otis McLennon, Jack Gunderson Admission: FREE

September 4
Big Top Chautauqua, Bayfield WI 7:00 p.m.
RIDING THE WIND, The Nelson-Ferris Concert Company Show
With: Warren, Phil Anich, Gerry DePerry, Betty Ferris, Jack Gunderson, Otis McLennon, Tom Mitchell, Rowan Nelson-Ferris, Danielle Nepstad, Mary Lou Williams, Don Albrecht
Tickets: www.bigtop.org 715-373-5552 888-244-8368

October 2-5
Bayfield Apple Fest
Details: TBD



Fan Quotes

"You're all lucky to have this man up here." (Tommy Smothers - appearing at Big Top Chautauqua)

"Warren is truly a Man of the Cloth. His canvas shows span the gamut of human emotions that brings one to their knees or soars one to the sky to almost 'touch the face of God' because he has been there." (Richard & Ramona Thearin - Northland Lodge, Hayward, WI)

"Long after the work of others has faded, I'm convinced there will remain this vibrant body of "Big Dang Deals" set in Wisconsin by a unique artist from Washburn.  A  treasure trove of stage presentations... words and music by Warren Nelson... which generations to come will easily and eagerly tap into.  Works steeped in local history, humor, talk and song, perfectly capturing a Wisconsin culture, time and place, reaching beyond the Midwest as well." (Norbert Blei - Door County, WI)

"Warren Nelson has put into song all the things in our hearts that make us proud to be part of the Forest Service.  He took the time to understand our culture and the jobs we do.  The songs reflect the good work done for forests and the people of the country." (Anne Archie - US Forest Service)

"He is a remarkable talent, evidenced by his record of composing and producing so many marvelous shows, most with historic themes." (Hank Sampson - Stillwater, MN)

"Nelson scoops up odd observations and random thoughts like stray critters that wander onto the train track." (Mary Carole McCauly - Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee, WI)

"I would like to add Warren Nelson's name to our small, select list of Honorary New Christy Minstrels.  He has earned it.  (Randy Sparks, Founder)

"Warren is one of the finest songwriters I've ever known."  (Phoebe LeGere - New York City performer/writer)

If you are an old or new fan of Warren's songs, shows and writings, this page is for you. To add to these comments or receive information about new products, performances, projects and news, send an email to fanpage@warrennelson.com

 

Videos and Audio

Warren Nelson Interview

Warren Nelson Interview

A video interview with Warren Nelson about how he got his start in music and how that blossomed into his career in historical musicals. Video by Nick Larsen.

Safe at Home

"Safe at Home"

Warren Nelson performing "Safe at Home" during the debut performance of Play Ball at Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua on August 3, 2012.

 

Circle You Bert

"Circle You Bert"

A song written and performed by Warren Nelson which commemorates Bert Blyleven's induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

 

Ashland Current Interview

Ashland Current Interview

As founder of the Big Top Chautauqua, Nelson is looking to create a new tent show and take it on the road. In this interview, Nelson discusses mistakes of the past, his struggles with addiction, and his hopes for the future. 

 

 

Warren Nelson at Big Top Chautauqua © Sophia Hantzes
Warren Nelson onstage during a performance of Riverpants