New Orleans Travel Guide

The Coolest Mini-Festival Is Happening During New Orleans’ Jazz & Heritage Festival

All Photos Courtesy Of Adrienne Battistella

From April 26-May 5, Ace Hotel New Orleans will host their 4th annual Six of Saturns indie music festival, and it promises to be full of surprises.

Tucked away inside Ace Hotel New Orleans (which we named one of the 100 top hotels in the world this year), Three Keys distills the culture and chaos of New Orleans on its stage with cultural events taking place almost every night. From tarot readings to culinary happenings and live music, the venue celebrates and supports local magic and its creators.

For 10 nights beginning April 26, Three Keys will host the fourth iteration of its Six of Saturns festival, showcasing emerging and established artists. Previous years they have welcomed acclaimed acts like Tank & the Bangas, and legends like Common and Talib Kweli.

©Adrienne Battistella Photography

This year, through mostly free and some ticketed events, attendees are invited to explore late-night sounds with award-winning DJs, New Orleans brass bands, and genre-defying artists that dabble in gospel, jazz, and R&B, to name a few.

Happening right alongside New Orleans’ 50th annual Jazz & Heritage Festival, this festival-within-a-festival housed in the 1928 Art Deco hotel allows room for improvisation, spontaneity, and surprise performances. The venue’s innovative approach to programming has led to collaborations with BBC (through which the festival was broadcast in previous years), a vinyl of live Three Keys performances, and more.

©Adrienne Battistella Photography

Guests of the Ace Hotel are automatically RSVP’d to the festival. Tickets and RSVPs can be found here: acehotel.com/sixofsaturns. If you weren’t able to snag a room at the Ace itself, however, Atelier Ace’s new property Maison de la Luz is opening this month right in time for the festival. The 67-room luxury guest house will be taking reservations as early as April 24. 

Watch this teaser from 2018 to get in the spirit of Six of Saturns:

2019 Lineup:

Thursday, April 25: NIGHTSHIFT: Soul In The Horn with Natasha Diggs + DProsper with Big Easy Brawlers

Friday, April 26: NIGHTSHIFT: Fourth Fridays with DJ Raj Smoove featuring special guests Pell and Chase N Cashe with The GRiD Band

Saturday, April 27: NIGHTSHIFT: Nicholas Payton and 2MB feat. Mister Smif

Saturday, April 27: NIGHTSHIFT: HUSTLE! With DJ Soul Sister

Sunday, April 28: NIGHTSHIFT: Bang Like an 808 with The GRiD Band and special guests Nigel Hall, Khris Royal, and Chrishira Perrier followed by DJ Dynamite Dave Soul

Monday, April 29: SONO presents: Jeff Albert’s Unanimous Sound

Tuesday, April 30: SONO presents: ENSEMBLES FOR ALVIN, a tribute to Alvin Fielder led by Amari Ansari, Joe Dyson, and Ben Lamar Gay

Wednesday, May 1: SONO presents: Brandee Younger Afro-Harp Ensemble

Thursday, May 2: Nicholas Payton and Cyrille Amiee with DJ Abibas

Friday, May 3: La Noche Caliente, Six of Saturns Edition: Davell Crawford with Pedrito Martinez followed by MUEVELO!

Saturday, May 4: The DO OVER with Artist TBD

Sunday, May 5: Deva Mahal with the Nth Power