Lovers of dance and music rejoice!

Kick back on the long hot summer Sundays with a three-hour program of big band swing classics. Relax in RPAC’s air conditioned Auditorium and take in the sights and sounds of the 13-piece Sweet Thunder Jazz Orchestra, returning to RPAC after their sold out 2021 concerts, to help us all swing into 2022.

Sundays are set to swing at RPAC with a three-hour blast of some of the world’s greatest swing tunes performed by the 13-piece titans of brass - Sweet Thunder Jazz Orchestra.

This polished and energetic orchestra is one of the best big band ensembles in south east Queensland. They will have you jumping and jiving your way through Sunday afternoons as they perform all your favourite big band tunes from the 1920s to the present day.

Their repertoire includes works by Ellington and Morton, and performances of the music of the great bands and their arrangers, such as Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Fletcher Henderson, Thad Jones and Neal Hefti. It also features some of today’s masters, such as John Clayton and Gordon Goodwin.

Gather your friends, put on your dancing shoes and join us for cold drinks and hot moves as RPAC comes alive with the glory of swing!


Since her first performance at the Brisbane Jazz Club when she was 9, Jess Spina has become one of the most sought-after vocalists in Queensland. At only 21, she placed 3rd in the National Jazz Awards held at the 2020 Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues and in 2019, she performed at the Siena International Jazz Festival in Italy.

You can enjoy Jess’ stunning voice when she performs all your favourite big band tunes with the 13-piece Sweet Thunder Jazz orchestra at the next Summertime Swing performance on Sunday 28 February.

“Blessed with the finest of instruments (at times angelic and pure and at others rich and full), her voice conveys sincerity, emotional honesty and joy” Kristin Berardi.



This is a new event and many of our regular patrons have had questions. Below are some of the frequently asked questions, but if you have questions in addition to this please don't hesitate to contact the RPAC Box Office via or call 3829 8131.

Q. Is this a dance event or a concert?
A. This is a dance event with a live band. 

Q. How many people can dance at one time?
A. In line with Queensland Health regulations dancing is allowed indoors and outdoors, but with a density of no more than 1 person per 2 square metres in the dancing area and reasonable measures in place to distribute people across the dancing area more info >
Please be mindful of other people on the dance floor and ensure you have adequate space to dance.

Q. Are facemasks required?
A. In line with Queensland Health regulations dancing is allowed indoors and outdoors and facemasks are no longer required. 

Q. Will there be seating?
A. Yes, there will be allocated seating for everyone within the Auditorium, however as this is primarily a dance event the seating is set back from the stage so that dancing can also take place. Your view of the band may therefore be interrupted by dancers. 

Additional seating will be available the foyer and outside in the courtyard area, with both of these areas looking into the event and able to hear the band. The Events Hall will also have extra seating and a live sound feed from the band.

Q. Do I have to dance?
A. No, you don't have to dance. You are welcome to watch the swing dancers who will be of all levels and enjoy the music, but we are sure once you get here you will want to get up and join in all of the action.
Please note, as this is primarily a dance event you may not always have a clear view of the band as there will be dancers on the dance floor, but you will definitely be able to hear the band.

Q. Will there be a professional dance demonstration or lessons?
A. No, there will be no professional dance demonstration or lesson at this event, but we may look at this for future Swing events. 

Event and ticketing details

Date and time

NEXT EVENT: Sunday 28 March - 2pm

Duration:     3hrs


Ticket: $30.00


RPAC Auditorium

2 -16 Middle Street, Cleveland, QLD 4163

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Wheelchair Access
Assistive listening Induction Loop Hearing Assistance

If you require mobility assistance please contact Redland Performing Arts Centre on 3829 8131 so that we can accommodate your needs. Further information can also be found on the 'Access and Facilities' page.

Event notes


Parental guidance recommended to determine suitability for your child

Booking fees:

$5 by phone and $6 online per transaction

Box Office hours:

Monday – Friday 9am to 4pm, and 1 hour prior to performances

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