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 ascending Featured Artist(s) Additional Artists
Grand Prix Concerts 06/16/1991 Chuck Berry
Jeff Healey
The Look
John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band
Grand Prix Concerts 06/15/1991 Aldo Nova
Robin Trower
The Rationals
Grand Prix Concerts 06/14/1991 Rik Emmett
Rhythm Corps
DC Drive
Irish Festival 06/01/1991 Brian Auger
Eric Burdon
Detroit Blues Festival 05/27/1991 Big Dave & the Ultrasonics
Lonnie Brooks
Savoy Brown
Albert King
Terry Garland
Robert Jones
Louisiana Heat
Kenny Miller
Detroit Blues Festival 05/26/1991 Peter 'Madcat' Ruth
Steve Nardella
Champion Jack Dupree
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
Albert Collins
Big Daddy Romance
Shari Kane
Windsor Dukes
Zoom & the Blue Diamonds
Detroit Blues Festival 05/25/1991 The Alligators
George Bedard
The Chisel Brothers
Thornetta Davis
Jimmy Rogers
Charlie Musselwhite
Larry McCray
Robin Trower
Detroit Blues Festival 05/24/1991 Uncle Jesse White
The Jimmie Stagger Band
Junior Wells
Bo Diddley
The Garfield Blues Band
Robert Penn
Motor City Blues Project
Rock & Roll on the Riverfront 07/22/1990 The Howling Diablos
Jugglers & Thieves
Detroit Blues Band
Dave Mason
Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Rock & Roll on the Riverfront 07/21/1990 The Look
Jeanne & the Dreams
Sun Messengers
Mark Farner
Blood, Sweat & Tears
Rock & Roll on the Riverfront 07/20/1990 J.D. Lamb
The Chisel Brothers
Thornetta Davis
Leslie West
Freedom Festival 07/02/1990 J.D. Lamb
Sweet Teaze
Freedom Festival 06/29/1990 Robert Cray
Shower of Stars 06/17/1990 Jefferson Starship
Nobody's Favorite
Shower of Stars 06/16/1990 Eric Burdon
Rik Emmett
Rhythm Corps
Second Self
Shower of Stars 06/15/1990 Rick Derringer
Edgar Winter
DC Drive
Little Caesar
Romeo Rock
See Dick Run
Detroit Blues Festival 05/28/1990 Alberta Adams
Lonnie Brooks
Chicago Pete
Little Milton
The Siegel-Schwall Band
Detroit Blues Festival 05/27/1990 Eddy Clearwater
Lonnie Mack
John Mayall
Progressive Blues Band
Koko Taylor
Detroit Blues Festival 05/26/1990 George Bedard
Eric Burdon
Catfish Hodge
Robby Krieger
Robert Jr. Lockwood
Willie D. Warren
Detroit Blues Festival 05/25/1990 Kenny Neal
The Kinsey Report
Buckwheat Zydeco
The 8th Annual Budweiser Downtown Hoedown 05/11/1990 Merle Haggard
Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival 09/04/1989 Michael Brecker
Johnny O'Neal
Louis Smith
Mike Stern
Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival 09/03/1989 George Benson [Sax]
Bess Bonnier
Wendell Harrison
McKinney's Cotton Pickers
Earl Van Dyke
Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival 09/02/1989 Marcus Belgrave
Hamiet Bluiett
Roy Brooks
Max Roach
Donald Walden
Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival 09/01/1989 Marcus Belgrave
Johnny Griffith
Rick Margitza
Harold McKinney
Sonny Rollins
Peter 'Madcat' Ruth
Brad Felt
Ed Nuccilli
Tom Saunders
Steve Wood