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.


Eventsort descending Date Featured Artist(s) Additional Artists
Fuse-In 05/29/2005 Athletic Mic League
Stacey Pullen
Kevin Saunderson
Slum Village
Fuse-In 05/30/2005 Carl Craig
Richie Hawtin
Kenny Larkin
Mos Def
Grand Prix Concert 06/20/1987 Joe Walsh
Grand Prix Concert 06/21/1987 Ray Charles
Grand Prix Concert 06/19/1987 Chuck Berry
The Marvelettes
Grand Prix Concerts 06/15/1991 Aldo Nova
Robin Trower
The Rationals
Grand Prix Concerts 06/14/1991 Rik Emmett
Rhythm Corps
DC Drive
Grand Prix Concerts 06/16/1991 Chuck Berry
Jeff Healey
The Look
John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band
Hart Plaza Motor City Fest 07/23/1988 Cheap Trick
Hot Cajun Gig 08/14/1992 Big Chief
Brotherhood Recipe
The Tea Party
Enemy Squad
Spiral Dance
Hot Cajun Gig 08/15/1992 Blue Rodeo
Crossed Wire
The Goldentones
Rhythm Corps
Hot Cajun Gig 08/16/1992 Stewart Francke
Gangster Fun
Goober & the Peas
Derrick May
Kevin Saunderson
Irish Festival 06/01/1991 Brian Auger
Eric Burdon
Joe Walsh 06/17/1989 Joe Walsh
Joe Walsh 06/18/1988 Joe Walsh
Robb Roy
Leon Russell / Edgar Winter 07/01/1988 Leon Russell
Edgar Winter
Los Lobos 06/29/1991 Los Lobos
Lyman Woodard Organization 06/18/1978 Lyman Woodard
March of Dimes Walk America Support Concert 04/25/1993 Claim 2 Fame
Jason McCauley Berry
Mongo Santamaria 07/03/1988 Mongo Santamaría
Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival 09/02/2001 Monty Alexander
Herbie Mann
Bennie Maupin
Wallace Roney
Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival 09/03/2001 A. Spencer Barefield
Marcus Belgrave
James Carter
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
Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival 09/02/1989 Marcus Belgrave
Hamiet Bluiett
Roy Brooks
Max Roach
Donald Walden
Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival 08/29/1986 Jack Brokensha
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Lunar Glee Club
Earl Van Dyke
Lyman Woodard