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Welcome to the online home of Warren Nelson - Songwriter, Musician, Entertainer, Poet, Historian, Radio Host and a Tent-show "Man of the Cloth" with a career in show business lasting over 40 years.

A Fairmont, Minnesota native, Warren is the founder of Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua and has led a team of talented musicians, actors, researchers and technicians in the creation of numerous large-scale, historical musicals since the 1970's.  He has had many honors bestowed upon him in his prolific career.

Here are some highlights:

1998 - Commissioned by the State of Wisconsin to write a musical for the state's sesquicentennial.

1999 - Voted "Best Folk Musician" by readers of Wisconsin Trails Magazine.

2005 - Awarded Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree by the University of Wisconsin-Superior, and invited to give their spring commencement address.

2005 - Honored as an official Fellow of the Wisconsin Academy of Arts, Sciences and Letters.

2006 - Honored with the first ever Wisconsin History Award from WI Historical Society for superb storytelling and unforgettable music to make history come alive for the thousands of people who have attended its (Big Top Chautauqua’s) performances.

2007 - Named "Minnesotan of the Year" for his outstanding contribution to the arts in Minnesota by the Minnesota Territorial Pioneers.

2008 - Given the Wisconsin Governor’s Award In Support of the Arts in partnership with Big Top Chautauqua.




Performance Schedule

Play Ball's Chautauqua Debut Was A Grand Slam!

Now Booking Tour Dates: info@warrennelson.com

"Warren Nelson is at the top of his game. Play Ball Is fabulous and well worth traveling to see!" - Dayle Quigley

For full information regarding upcoming performances, be sure to visit the Media page for times and contact information. If you would like to be informed of my future appearances and plans, please send your email address to: info@warrennelson.com

September 16, 17, 18 - Ashland, WI
September 24 - Washburn, WI
October 8, 9 - Bayfield, WI
November 4 - Ironwood, MI
January 21 - Fairmont, MN


From Warren

26 September 2016

Dear Wide Awake Citizens - Happy Autumn!

Here are lyrics to my song  “Let The Summer Go”
From the CD Live At Patsy’s Bar

Oh the monarch is up on the butterfly
Migrating back to old Mexico
Clouds of their colors flickering by
Wings in the wind are a-whispering

How can I say so long to you 
So long it will be before we two
See each other again on the common ground
I wish you well in all you do

Oh oh oh let the summer go 
Oh oh oh it’s time for the autumn show

Carpenters sharpen and pack up your tools
Children now step yourselves back into school
Bumblebees I don’t know just what you do
Black bears soon you’ll be asleep in the snow

Oh how I hate to see you drive away
So far you must travel to rise the next day
Think of me often call when you can
Or write me a letter in longhand

Oh oh oh let the summer go  
Oh oh oh it’s time for the autumn show


Warren Nelson Speaking © Sophia Hantzes