Hart Plaza

150 W. Jefferson Avenue
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Philip A. Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit, along the Detroit River. It is located more or less on the site at which Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac landed in 1701 when he founded Fort Pontchartrain du Détroit, the settlement that became Detroit. In 2010, the Detroit-Wayne County Port Authority opened its new cruise ship passenger terminal and dock at Hart Plaza, adjacent to the Renaissance Center, which receives major cruise ships such as the MS Columbus.

Lying immediately south of the intersection of Woodward and Jefferson Avenues, it is the focal point for festivals and public demonstrations of all kinds. The 14 acres (5.7 ha) plaza, which is named for the late U.S. Senator Philip Hart, opened in 1975 and has a capacity of 40,000 people. At the center of the plaza is the Horace E. Dodge and Son Memorial Fountain, designed by Isamu Noguchi and Walter Budd in 1978.


Event Datesort descending Featured Artist(s)
WRIF Free Concert 07/26/1983 Figures on a Beach
WRIF Free Concert 08/02/1983 Letter O
WRIF Free Concert 08/16/1983 Toby Redd
African World Festival 08/26/1983 Makah Rhythm Tribe
Leroy Sibbles
African World Festival 08/27/1983 Marcus Belgrave
Charles Boles
Willie D. Warren
Taj Mahal
African World Festival 08/28/1983 King Sunny Adé
Roy Brooks
Chicago Pete
1983 Montreaux-Detroit Jazz Festival 09/02/1983 Hugh Lawson
Sam Sanders
Sun Messengers
1983 Montreaux-Detroit Jazz Festival 09/03/1983 Lyman Woodard
1983 Montreaux-Detroit Jazz Festival 09/05/1983 Marcus Belgrave
Roy Brooks
Downtown Hoedown 05/11/1984 Charlie Daniels
Downtown Hoedown 05/12/1984 Roy Orbison
Beans Bowles 07/18/1984 Beans Bowles
African World Festival 08/26/1984 Hugh Masekela
Bon Jovi 06/22/1985 Bon Jovi
African World Festival 08/25/1985 Bill Withers
Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival 08/30/1985 Charles Boles
George Goldsmith
Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival 08/31/1985 Roy Brooks
Ron English
Oliver Jackson
Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival 09/01/1985 Griot Galaxy
J. C. Heard
Lunar Glee Club
Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival 09/02/1985 Johnny Griffith
Johnny O'Neal
Earl Van Dyke
Lyman Woodard
Budweiser Hoedown 05/09/1986 Waylon Jennings
Steve Earle
Detroit Grand Prix Concert 06/20/1986 David Ruffin
Eddie Kendricks
Detroit Grand Prix Concert 06/21/1986 Eric Burdon
Detroit Grand Prix Concert 06/22/1986 Roy Orbison
Motor City Music Celebration 07/25/1986 Black Market
Eddie Kendricks
The Vandellas
David Ruffin
The Shy
The Spinners
Motor City Music Celebration 07/26/1986 Atlantic Starr
Chuck Berry
Let's Talk About Girls
The Righteous Brothers
Sun Messengers