Food and Music: Tangled together by strings.

Twisted Strings (TS) is all about bringing together unlikely yet amazing things.

TS decided to entangle food from all over Southwest Florida, not sticking to one type. The theme is yummy food and there are three local delights lined up so far.   

The first main course option is real southern barbeque from Smokin R’s BBQ in Bonita Springs. With its perfect ratings across every website and thousands of satisfied reviews, this is some five-star barbeque that you don’t want to miss. Smokin R’s even pairs perfectly with the saucy tunes of the Violectric.  

Once you’ve had your fill of smoky, it’ll be time for something sweet.  

If you love warm and inviting deserts or just want a little something sweet to snack on while watching The Moxie Strings, give Dutchkinz from Naples a try. These folks will be cranking out fresh, never fried, Dutch beignets and poffers. There may even be a hidden apple surprise inside some of them.  

And if powdered sugar and dough aren’t your thing. We have another sweet treat option, Mr. Ed’s Ice Cream & Shaved Ice from North Port. 

Mr. Ed comes fully stocked with all the ice cream bars your mom did (sugar free/ fat free) and didn’t (full calorie goodness) let you have as a kid. In addition, if you’d prefer something refreshing, there will be shaved ice with a flavor station allowing you to twist and tangle your flavors in any manner you choose. This truck even make sure there’s something sweet for your furry friends. Who doesn’t love a classic ice cream truck? 

Twisted Strings is looking for three more delicious food trucks to join the team.   

If you’re interested click here to find contact information to sign up as well as to read more about the vendors.  

Come one, come all and let’s chow down on some local eats while enjoying classical music with a twist!   


Full of joy and ready to see the ensemble in action!

Check out Joyous Sting Ensemble playing the Michael Jackson classic ‘Smooth Criminal’.

This is just a taste of the talent that Justin Yu and bandmates from the Joyous Music School have to offer!

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Pam James loves a good punk version of Mr. Postman






Twisted Strings didn’t just happen overnight. It’s the creation of Pam James and the outcome of some outstanding work by WGCU.  

Pam has been the events manager for 5 years and it’s her job to engage the donors, listeners, and members. Normally this event would have been reserved for a “chicken dinner with fancy potatoes,” but she definitely knew there’s more to offer to the WGCU, NPR, and PBS followers.  

The inspiration for Twisted Strings came from three main sources, the first was understanding that classical music was a binding notion between radio and television.  

The second was when she was searching for a venue, Top Rocker Field asked if WGCU would take over their jazz event. Pam knew that jazz wasn’t quite what she was looking for, but it was definitely moving the ideas forward.  

The third source was watching a group of guys karaoke Mr. Postman.  

“Once they realized they didn’t know the words they turned it into a punk version and it was the coolest thing. Suddenly, Mr. Postman sounded awesome! I absolutely love the juxtaposition of music that’s not in its genre,” Pam said.   

Right then she knew she had her twist and it has blossomed into The Twisted Strings Festival you see today.  

This year each band is classically trained, but have their own flair and performance style giving the audience a little taste of every genre as they enjoy the evening. Plus, with food trucks, drinks, and maybe a balloon animal from Twisty the clown there will be nothing short of good times.  

Pam’s favorite part seeing how Twisted Strings brought the WGCU station together as this is an all hands on deck event and seeing the community enthusiastic to come out for a not-so-traditional night of music.