Performance Schedule

March 10 - WASHBURN, WI - 7:30 P.M.  Debut performance
March 11 - WASHBURN, WI - 2:00 P.M.  Matinee

South Shore Chronicles”  debut of Warren’s newest show
Featuring Warren with Liz Woodworth directing this
Series of vignettes, each ending with a song; Sally
Kessler, Tom Mitchell, Jack Gunderson, Randy Sabien,
Michael Charette, and Phil Anich.
TICKETS:  Reserved seats $25 at the Washburn Inn, 128 Harbor View Drive, Washburn; 715-373-5671, email:  General admission $18 at the door.

April 13 & 14 - WASHBURN, WI
At the Harbor View Event Center on the Lake
130 Harbor View Drive, Washburn WI
Presented by:  American Heritage Productions & Otis McLennon

Friday, April 13, 2018

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.              DEJA BLEU
(one two hour set)

9:00 – 12:00 p.m             TOMMY BENTZ BAND
(two seventy five minute sets with 30 minute
break between sets)

Saturday, April 14, 2018

3:00 – 5:30 p.m.              THE SUBTERRANEANS
(Two sixty minute sets with 30 minute break
between sets)

6:00 – 8:30 p.m.              OTIS & THE ALLIGATORS
(Two sixty minute sets with 30 minute break
between sets)       

9:00 – 12:00 p.m.            HOWARD LEUDTKE & BLUE MAX
(Two seventy five minute sets with 30 minute
break between sets)

FOOD & BAR on grounds.  Lodging available at the adjacent  Washburn Inn.

Friday only: $20
Saturday only: $35
Both days: $45

Available at The Washburn Inn ( and The Washburn Chamber of Commerce

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