Performance Schedule

Sept 16, 17, 18   ASHLAND WI         
7:30 P.M. Fri/Sat; 2:00 Sun

Chequamegon Theatre Association, 210 Fifth Avenue East
WHISTLE COMIN’ IN  Songs & Illuminations  with Warren,  Rowan Nelson-Ferris, Otis McLennon, Jack Gunderson,  Tom Mitchell, Ed Willett, Cheryl Leah, Betty Ferris
Details:  Performances are sponsored, and FREE to the public as gift to the community and in celebration of 45th Anniversary of CTA.  Reservations Required

Sept 24, Sat    WASHBURN, WI
5:30 – 10:00 The Steak Pit

5:30 Silent Auction/Cocktails; 6:30 Dinner; 8:00 Concert
Warren will MC; band includes Bruce Bowers, Ric Gilman, Rowan Nelson-Ferris, Phil Anich, Liesel Wilson, Ed Willett, Cheryl Leah Tickets:  Advance:  $40/dinner & concert; $20/concert only At the door:  $50/dinner & concert;  $30/concert only Tickets available at:  Washburn Chamber Office, IGA, Steak Pit or Online at:

Oct. 1, Sat.   ASHLAND, WI                      
4:30 – 6:00 Oredock on the lake front
(if needed:  rain day is Oct. 2)

CELEBRATION for the Oredock, with music by Warren, Jack Gunderson, Phil Anich

Oct 8,9 BAYFIELD, WI    

Warren and Rowan Nelson-Ferris will play at the Keeper of the Light Store, 19 Front Street, on the Water Front
Saturday, Oct. 8 11:00 – 4:00
Sunday, Oct. 9 11:00 – 2:00

Nov. 4             

Warren will be a judge at the Historic Ironwood Theatre Idol Contest
Details at

Jan. 21, 2017   FAIRMONT, MN
2:00 p.m.     7:30 p.m.

Fairmont Opera House, 45 Downtown Plaza, Fairmont
MARTIN COUNTY HORNPIPE featuring Warren,  Randy Sabien, Rowan Nelson-Ferris, Jack Gunderson, Ed Willett, Cheryl Leah, Otis McLennon,Betty Ferris
Tickets & information:    507-238-4900

Apr. 22, 2017   STOCKHOLM, WI      
2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Widespot Theatre, N 2030 Spring Street, Second Floor
Warren with Rowan Nelson-Ferris, Jack Gunderson, Otis McLennon
Tickets and Information:

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