Performance Schedule

July 10, Sun

HAYWARD, WI          1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Spider Lake Town Hall, 10896W  Town Hall Road, Hayward
Benefit for Spider Lake Fire Department featuring entertainment by Warren and Rowan Nelson-Ferris
Donations.   Food & Beverages for sale

July 14, 15, 16

BAYFIELD, WI           7:30 p.m.
Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua, Ski Hill Road
KEEPER OF THE LIGHT  with Warren,  Jan Lee, Andy Dee, Jane
Aleckson, Jack Gunderson, Phil Anich, Tom Mitchell, Sally Kessler, Severin Behnen,  Marcie Gephart, Lily Dee, Randy Sabien (except July 16), Don Albrecht, Betty Ferris.
Tickets & Information:   or   715-373-5520

July 29, Fri

BAYFIELD, WI           7:30 p.m.
Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua, Ski Hill Road
RIDING THE WIND   with Warren, Jack Gunderson, Phil Anich, Tom Mitchell, Otis McLennon, Ed Willett, Severin Behnen, Danielle Diamond, Liesel Wilson, Rowan Nelson-Ferris, Betty Ferris.
Tickets & Information:   or   715-373-5520

Aug 10, Sat

ASHLAND, WI           4:30 – 6:00
Oredock on the lake front
CELEBRATION for Oredock,  with music by Warren, Jack Gunderson, Phil Anich

Aug 30, Tues

BAYFIELD, WI           7:00 – 9:00
Lakeside Gazebo - bring lawn chairs or blankets.  (In case of inclement weather, the Concert will be held at the Madeline Island Ferry Terminal building at the Foot of Washington Avenue.)
MUSIC IN THE PARK with Warren and Jack Gunderson

Sept 9, Fri

BAYFIELD, WI           7:30    
Lakeside Pavilion with Warren, Mary Lou Williams, Jack Gunderson, Rowan Nelson-Ferris
WARREN NELSON’S LAKE SUPERIOR SONGS & STORIES with Warren, Jack Gunderson, Rowan Nelson-Ferris, Mary Lou Williams
Tickets:  $10 at the door or online at

Sept 16, 17, 18

ASHLAND WI         
Chequamegon Theatre Association, 210 Fifth Avenue East
WHISTLE COMIN’ IN  Songs & Illuminations  with Warren,  Rowan Nelson-Ferris, Otis McLennon, Jack Gunderson, Tom Mitchell, Ed Willett, Cheryl Leah, Betty Ferris
Details:  TBD

Sept 24, Sat

Benefit for Washburn Historic Civic Center, Bayfield Street
Details:  TBD

Oct 8,9

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)

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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