Performance Schedule

June 23 - BAYFIELD, WI - 7:30 p.m.
Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua; Ski Hill Road
SO MANY YEARS SO MANY SONGS”  with Warren, Jack Gunderson, Severin
Behnen, Ed Willett, Cheryl  Leah, Randy Sabien, Andy Dee
Tickets at the door and:     715-373-5552

June 25 - DRUMMOND, WI
Boy Scouts Picnic

July 2 - 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,
Randy Sabien, Mary Lou Williams, Liesel Wilson, Severin Behnen, Ed Willett,
Gerry DePerry, Otis McLennon, Betty Ferris
Tickets at the door and:     715—373-5552

July 4 - BAYFIELD, WI - 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Memorial Park, Bayfield (in case of inclement weather:  Madeline Island Ferry
Terminal building at foot of Washington Avenue)
Warren with Jack Gunderson, Severin Behnen & Otis McLennon
FREE.  (Concerts By The Lake)

Fireman’s Picnic

July 15 - Private Party

July 29 - WASHBURN, WI - 4:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
Harbor View (formerly Steak Pit)
“SOUVENIR VIEWS” with Warren, Ed Willett, Jack Gunderson, Otis McLennon, Rowan Nelson-Ferris, Betty Ferris
Tickets: $15 at the door / general seating
$20 Reserved Seating:  Washburn Chamber of Commerce
126 W. Bayfield, Washburn;  715-373-5017

August 19 - WASHBURN, WI -7:30 p.m.
Harbor View Event Center, 251 Harbor View Dr.,Washburn WI
TAKE ME TO THE ISLANDS / THE POND”  with Warren, Rowan Nelson-Ferris, Jack Gunderson, Otis McLennon, Ed Willett, Mary Lou Williams, Severin Behnen, Cheryl Leah, Betty Ferris
Tickets:  $15 at the door

August 20 - 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, Randy Sabien, Mary Lou Williams, Liesel Wilson, Severin Behnen, Ed Willett, Gerry DePerry, Betty Ferris
Tickets:  At the door   and:   715-373-5552

Sept. 8 - BAYFIELD, WI - 7:30 p.m.
Part of the Lighthouse Celebration.  Warren & Friends
Lakeside Pavilion, end of Rittenhouse Avenue
Tickets:  $15 at the door; $10 advance @ Keeper of the Light Store in Bayfield or

Sept. 16 - WASHBURN, WI - 7:30 p.m.
Finale of the Apostle Islands Lighthouse Celebration: 
LAKE SONGS & LIGHTHOUSES.  With  Warren, Ed Willett, Cheryl Leah, Rowan Nelson-Ferris, Otis McLennon, Severin Behnen, Kevin Soulier, Betty Ferris
Ticket info:  TBD

Oct. 7, 8 - BAYFIELD, WI
APPLE FEST - Warren & Friends at Keeper of the Light Store
Saturday 11:00 – 4:00   Sunday 11:00 – 2:00

Oct. 14 - CRYSTAL FALLS, MI - 7:30 p.m.
The CRYSTAL THEATRE:  Anglin’ Wayne & the Trollers; with Warren, Rowan Nelson-Ferris, Ed Willett, Randy Sabien, Otis McLennon
Tickets:  $22 / door    $18 advance until Oct. 11:

Oct. 28 - WASHBURN, WI - 7:30 p.m.   
ANGLIN’ WAYNE FISHING SHOW with Warren, Randy Sabien, Ed Willett, Rowan Nelson-Ferris, Jack Gunderson, Otis McLennon,
Tickets: $15 at the door

Nov. 3 - HAYWARD, WI
Musky Ball:  Warren with Rowan Nelson-Ferris, Jack Gunderson, Otis McLennon, Andy Dee, Randy Sabien
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