Almost every Tuesday evening and many weekends and holidays, the 17-member Talk of the Town Orchestra can be heard playing the most popular swing tunes from the golden era of the “big bands.”
Talk of the Town was formed in 1988 as a volunteer organization from the University of Oklahoma community to keep alive the Glenn Miller tradition of the golden era of the big bands and to bring entertainment to Oklahoma City area nursing homes, senior citizen centers, hospitals, civic clubs, and social service agencies. Since then they have evolved into the premier ballroom dance band in the state and today play for most of the ballroom dance clubs and organizations in Oklahoma.
With their 2700+ tune repertoire of big band arrangements--swing, jitterbug, ballads, waltzes, latins, polkas, Dixie-land, blues, country and western, two-step, patriotic, and gospel styles--ranging in time from the 1800s through today’s music, they can play an entire program from a particular era--perfect for class reunions. A specialty is recreating a WW II USO show complete with US Army Air Corps khaki uniforms, songs, skits, and dances.
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Gordy Wensel and Debbie Kaye are from Branson, MO. They each have spent the last twenty-five years in the entertainment industry. They first met in 2005 and by 2006 their love for music and each other grew into a husband and wife singing duo. They currently perform A Tribute to George Strait Dinner Show at Jackie B. Goode’s Uptown Cafe in Branson. They performed on Mickey Gilley’s Internationally syndicated TV show called “Gilley’s Place” on the RFD-TV Network. They also have made appearances on several Branson stages, The Gordy and Debbie Show at the Branson Mall Center Stage, Branson Country USA, a nationally syndicated LIVE radio show, broadcast from The Grand Country Theatre, The Turkey Creek Opry at the IMAX Little Opry Theatre, as well as their own show recorded LIVE at The Jim Stafford Theatre.
Gordy and Debbie ‘On the Road’ perform an upbeat variety of country, 50’s & 60’s, gospel and patriotic music, splashed with a little comedy, tailored to please audiences of all ages. With a state of the art sound and lighting system they can bring the Branson show experience to your venue at an affordable price!
Gordon Wayne Wensel, Jr. was born October 19, 1963 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where he also was raised. His love for music began at an early age. He started out singing in church when he was 13 years old and has been singing ever since. He sang lead in the gospel quartet, 3rd Generation for 7 years, during which time they had their music released to national southern gospel radio. Although gospel music has been a large part of his life, he still enjoys all types of music. Gordy is a big fan of country music legend, George Strait which explains why he performs so many of George’s songs. In 2005, Gordy competed in the Colgate Country Showdown of which he won the local competition and placed second in the Missouri state competition. Also in 2005, Gordy competed in Doug Gabriel’s Branson Idol competition of which he placed second overall. Gordy moved to Branson, Missouri in the fall of 2005 and began performing at Mel’s Hard Luck Diner as a singing server. 2005 was a big year for Gordy, as it was also the year he met the love of his life, Debbie Kaye. They were married in the main dining room of Mel’s Hard Luck Diner on December 10, 2006. Gordy and Debbie continue to pursue their music career and enjoy traveling and performing on the road in the off season. They currently perform A Tribute to George Strait Dinner Show at Jackie B. Goode’s Uptown Cafe in Branson, MO.
Debbie Kaye grew up in Kimball, South Dakota where she discovered her love of music. Along with her older sister and brother, she worked her high school years waiting tables in their family owned truck stop, where all the stars stopped on their way across South Dakota. She dreamed of someday becoming a country singer. She studied music education in college at South Dakota State University but decided she would rather sing than teach. She moved to Clear Lake, Iowa and formed her own band, THE DEBBIE KAYE BAND. She had the privilege of opening for Bobby Vee, “Take Good Care Of My Baby” at Pufferbilly Days in Boone, IA before a crowd of thousands. What a thrill. Another highlight was headlining several times at the legendary Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, IA. (The site of Buddy Holly’s last concert). She moved to Branson in 1994. Some of her successes include performing in The Showboat Branson Belle Show and in The Pump Boys And Dinettes Show. Several of her songs are heard locally on Branson radio and nationally on XM Radio. She has also been featured in a book about Branson along side the likes of Mickey Gilley, Box Car Willie and Moe Bandy. Debbie spent 11 years at Mel’s Hard Luck Diner as a singing server. She now enjoys performing shows with her husband Gordy at local resorts and numerous road dates throughout the year. They currently perform A Tribute to George Strait Dinner Show at Jackie B. Goode’s Uptown Cafe in Branson, MO.
Injunuity is a Native American flute-centric roots group forged in 2007 by award winning composers Brad Clonch (Mississippi Choctaw) and Jeff Carpenter (Chickasaw). Since their inception Injunuity has released three full length albums; snatched up multiple national music awards; performed across the US and Europe; and has been featured in radio, tv, documentaries, and feature length films.
Injunuity’s primary focus is to preserve the Native American flute, an instrument almost lost to the North American Indians during the turn of the 1900’s. Solo pianist Brad Clonch was gifted his first flute by a Chickasaw in early 2002. His piano work brought him to a career with the Chickasaw Nation tribal government in Oklahoma, where he met fellow band member Jeff Carpenter and a duo was formed.
Immediately this cultural sound and blend of genres drew attention, leading to the addition of other members. Philip Sullivan and Brian Harrison began work with Brad and Jeff through Chickasaw Multimedia, a media group owned and operated by the Chickasaw Nation. Through preserving tribal history with their film work and documentaries, Brian and Philip were a perfect addition to the musical group Injunuity.
All four band members did not grow up traditionally native, as throughout American history, some families censored and suppressed their Native American ancestry. Through their film work and music of Injunuity, each has drawn a deep spiritual connection to the past and to where they came from; even prompting members Philip Sullivan and Brian Harrison to trace their ancestry and roots to both the Choctaw and Cherokee tribes.
The inspiration drawn for all original tracks and compositions are based off the ability to experience tribal culture and life daily in Oklahoma, as well as interaction among other tribes, historians, storytellers, and even trips to the original homelands of the Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Cherokee people. Native Americans have profoundly helped shape the United States. The music of Injunuity helps revisit these times and keep them alive through song.
Injunuity’s music promotes the introduction of Native American music and history into popular culture, helping break stereotypes about Native Americans and the music within the Indian Culture. Simply put, "we're not your grandfather's flute music!"