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Three Keys

Where the defining sounds of the South — jazz, the blues, bounce and rock ‘n’ roll — share the stage.


Found inside Ace Hotel New Orleans, sidled just off the lobby, Three Keys is a venue for any and all in search of a dose of the city’s spellbinding electricity. It’s a magnet for New Orleans’ most welcoming cultural emissaries and a place to invite a date, a parent, a best friend, a stranger or simply to take yourself when the mood strikes. The nights here are improvisational and best sipped slow to really prolong the magic; it lives in the fingertips and putting them to horn (or drum or key or string or any music maker really) is the best way to coax it out — the full spectrum of emotion in a split second. It’s a place to pay attention, not in a schoolmarmish sort of way, but with a focus on the moment, the body, the feeling, the soul. It all could change at the drop of a note because there’s no right way to do things when you’re furnishing the future. 

Performers on stage at the Three Keys venue


The annual weekender of music, art and culture, Essentials is our celebration hosted alongside Essence Festival. We pack the house with live shows, artist talks and special guests to heighten the one-of-a-kind magic that sweeps through the city every year.

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Cake is our multi-day extravaganza during Southern Decadence, featuring radical, inclusive, dynamic and decadent events. We tip our parasols and flourish our fans in celebration of the glorious misfits who rebelled and reveled in New Orleans and invite you (and yours) to do the same.

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Six of Saturns

Six of Saturns is an open invitation to experience New Orleans’ wellspring of musical imagination and genius, as local legends and national greats share the Three Keys stage to improvise and collaborate in honor of the creative mysticism that’s synonymous with the spirit of the city.

Flyer for Six of Saturns Event

House Rules

COVID-19 Preparedness Update

The safety and health of our guests and staff are what we care about the most, and we want to keep you abreast on precautions and policy updates in regards to the Coronavirus outbreak. Click here to see our full COVID-19 policies.

For the health and wellbeing of our guests and staff, Ace will continue to observe all state and local Covid safety guidelines as they evolve. For your safety, all guests must show proof of vaccination or negative PCR test within 72 hours in order to enter Three Keys. Learn more about the latest restrictions concerning proof of vaccination status, masking policies and indoor dining capacity here.

Photo ID is required for ticket pick up at Will Call. Will Call tickets and Guest List confirmation are only available as doors open.

No Outside Food or Beverages
No Weapons of Any Kind
No Ins and Outs
Shows Are All Ages Unless Noted Otherwise
All Guests Must Have a Ticket Regardless of Age
No Babes in Arms
We Reserve the Right to Refuse Service to Anyone
Rules Subject to Change per Artist Request

Still Cameras, Video Cameras, Recording Devices

Three Keys does not prohibit cameras and video recording devices, but performers often do, so we recommend you leave them at home. Three Keys staff does not know ahead of time if these devices will be permitted. If we do get this information early, we’ll post it on the website and on the event page. If cameras are prohibited, there will be signs posted at the main entrance.