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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

November 13, 14 - Hayward, WI
November 15 - Ashland, WI


From Warren

OCTOBER 16 2015

Wide Awake Citizens!

The glory of fall is here…let the summer go. And a great summer it was playing music with my friends.

I am opening a new show entitled “Song For The Wild” at the Park Theatre in Hayward playing November 13 & 14.  Its compass points North and features the writings of Sigurd Olson, one of America’s great environmentalists of the 20th century.  He was the principal savior of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. I have put his lyrical prose to melody. The second half of the show will feature my songs that sing of love for the Earth and waters.

“Song for the Wild” will also be performed at the Northern Great Lakes Visitors Center in Ashland on Sunday November 15th. I am hoping to tour the show with evening concerts and  school performances. Bring “Song For The Wild” to your community!  Email me or call collect!

The winter would also be a great time to book us for a house concert.  We’d love to play our music in your living room.


Warren Nelson


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