Performance Schedule


TICKETS: Reserved seating for shows at the Harbor View Event Center are available at the Washburn Inn* :

Phone: 715-373- 5671; email:
General Admission available at the door, one hour before showtime.
Children 12 & under are $5.


July 14 -Private Party in afternoon, Ashland

July 31 - Washburn Historical Society at Harbor View

Warren will give talk on history of Big Top Chautauqua
7:30 p.m.

August 17 - Private Event in Manitowoc; for Open Air Antique Car Group

August 31 - Warren Nelson in Concert

Harbor View Event Center
With: Randy Sabien, Otis McLennon, Jan Lee
“Lake Songs & Lighthouses” (sponsored by Keeper of the Light)
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25 reserved; $20 general admission


(Details TBD)

At Big Top Chautauqua, summer 2018, Warren will appear:

June 23: Warren Nelson & Friends in Concert

July 28, August 12, August 23 - ALL ABOARD (featuring songs from
Warren’s show, “On The Velvet”)

July 1, August 26 - RIDING THE WIND

* LODGING: Available at Washburn Inn, adjacent to venue:

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


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