BIG TOP CHAUTAUQUA 7:30 p.m.
Ski Hill Road, Bayfield WI
Phone: 715-373-5552 888-BIG TENT (244-8368)
June 28 / July 17 / August 1 - “Take Me To The Islands”
Warren’s grand new musical debuts at Big Top on June 28, and plays two more nights with a superb cast which includes: Warren, Severin Behnen, Cheryl Leah, Ed Willett, Jack Gunderson, Mary Lou Williams, Otis McLennon, Phillip Anich, Rowan Nelson-Ferris, Tom Mitchell, Michael Charette.
Other dates for Warren at Big Top Chautauqua, all at 7:30 p.m.:
July 3 / Aug 29 - “Riding the Wind”
August 14 - “Warren & Friends in Concert”
Featuring Warren with Randy Sabien, Andy Dee, Jack Gunderson, Otis McLennon, Rowan Nelson-Ferris
July 4 - MADELINE ISLAND
Various locations throughout the day and evening
August 7 - BAYFIELD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
306 Washington Avenue, Bayfield
“Summer Mostly Thursday” music series
Tribute to Pete Seeger featuring Warren, Otis McLennon, Rowan Nelson-Ferris
August 26 - BAYFIELD MEMORIAL PARK
Manypenny Avenue, on shore of Lake Superior
“Music By The Lake”
Outdoor concert featuring Warren Nelson & Jack Gunderson performing Warren’s Songs about Bayfield and the Apostle Islands.
Free. Bring a chair or blanket.
"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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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.
Warren Nelson performing "Safe at Home" during the debut performance of Play Ball at Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua on August 3, 2012.
A song written and performed by Warren Nelson which commemorates Bert Blyleven's induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
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.