Performance Schedule

May 21, Sat

FAIRMONT, MN         7:00 p.m
Unke’s Marina Lodge
Warren & Rowan Nelson-Ferris

June 4, Sat

DRUMMOND, WI       5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Drummond Town Park Pavilion
BOY SCOUT CAMPFIRE CONCERT with music by Warren.  Campfire cookout Proceeds to help fund Boy Scout June 17  trip to Yellowstone National Park Tickets:  $15 at the gate.
Advance $10 or $20/family; ; Search Boy Scout Campfire Cookout

June 11, Sat

BAYFIELD, WI           7:30 p.m.
Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua, Ski Hill Road
30th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION.  Warren will participate with the Blue Canvas Orchestra and the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra.
Tickets & Information:   or   715-373-5520

June 24, Fri

BAYFIELD, WI           7:30 p.m.
Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua, Ski Hill Road
SO MANY SHOWS, SO MANY SONGS  with Warren,  Rowan Nelson-Ferris, Jack Gunderson, Otis McLennon, Severin Behnen, Ed Willett, Cheryl Leah, Tom Mitchell, Phillip Anich, Bruce Bowers, Betty Ferris
Tickets & Information:  or   715-373-5520

June 25, Sat

Legendary Waters Casino Hwy 13, north of Bayfield; 3600 Onigamiing Drive
THE POND .. with Warren, Rowan Nelson-Ferris, Jack Gunderson, Otis McLennon, Ed Willett, Cheryl Leah, Severin Behnen, Kevin Soulier
FREE Admission.   Cash Bar.   Information:  800-226-8478

July 3, Sun

BAYFIELD, WI           7:30 p.m.
Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua, Ski Hill Road
RIDING THE WIND  with Warren, Ed Willett, Severin Behnen, Gerry DePerry, Jack Gunderson, Otis McLennon, Tom Mitchell, Rowan Nelson-Ferris, Mary Lou Williams, Phil Anich, Liesel Wilson, Don Albrecht, Betty Ferris.

July 10, Sun

Fireman’s Picnic / Benefit with entertainment by Warren and Rowan Nelson-Ferris
Details:  TBD.

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 same cast as July 3, except Danielle Diamond replacing Mary Lou Williams
Tickets & Information:   or   715-373-5520

Aug 5, Fri

DULUTH, MN     7:30 p.m.
Marshall School Fregeau Auditorium; 1215 Rice Lake Road, Duluth MN 55811
SONG FOR THE WILD  with Warren, Jack Gunderson, Otis McLennon Rowan Nelson-Ferris, Liesel Wilson
Tickets:  $15 ($5 under 18)

Aug 6, Sat

ELY, MN          7:00 p.m.
Vermilion Community College Fine Arts Theatre; 1900 E. Camp St., Ely MN 55731
SONG FOR THE WILD   with Warren, Jack Gunderson, Otis McLennon, Rowan Nelson-Ferris, Liesel Wilson
Tickets:  $15 ($5 under 18)

Aug 30, Tues

BAYFIELD, WI           7:00 – 9:00
Lakeside Gazebo .. bring lawn chairs or blankets
MUSIC IN THE PARK with Warren and Jack Gunderson

Sept 9, Fri

BAYFIELD, WI          
Lakeside Pavilion .. with Warren,  Mary Lou Williams, Jack Gunderson, Rowan Nelson-Ferris,
Details:  TBD

Sept 16, 17, 18

ASHLAND WI         
Cheauamegon Theatre Association, 210 Fifth Avenue East
WHISTLE COMIN’ IN  Songs & Illuminations  with Warren,  Rowan Nelson-Ferris, Otis McLennon, Jack Gunderson, 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