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) Additional Artists
Rock & Roll on the Riverfront 07/27/1991 The Howling Diablos
Leon Redbone
Rock & Roll on the Riverfront 07/28/1991 Commander Cody
Rare Earth
Polish Festival 08/10/1991 The Polish Muslims
Rhythm Corps
See Dick Run
African World Festival 08/16/1991 Ruth Brown
Little Sonny
Katie Webster
African World Festival 08/17/1991 Beans Bowles
Harold McKinney
Abdullah Ibrahim
David Myles
Alexander O'Neal
Alma Smith
Straight Ahead
Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival 08/30/1991 Jon Faddis
Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival 08/31/1991 Ron English
Jon Faddis
Johnny Griffith
McKinney's Cotton Pickers
Johnny O'Neal
Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival 09/01/1991 Marcus Belgrave
Bess Bonnier
Kenn Cox
Jon Faddis
Jay McShann
McCoy Tyner
Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival 09/02/1991 Wendell Harrison
Harold McKinney
Jay McShann
Earl Van Dyke
Detroit Blues Festival 05/22/1992 Lonnie Brooks
Little Mack Collins
The Delta Rockers
Detroit Blues Band
Albert King
The Blues Disciples
Detroit Blues Festival 05/23/1992 Albert Collins
Savoy Brown
Mick Taylor
Blind Dog Blues Band
Hep Cats
Motor City Blues Project
Detroit Blues Festival 05/24/1992 The Chisel Brothers
Thornetta Davis
John Hammond
Son Seals
Duke Tumatoe
Johnny Winter
Big Daddy Romance
The Butler Twins
Detroit Blues Festival 05/25/1992 Chicago Pete
Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson
Willie D. Warren
Uncle Jesse White
Prix Jam '92 06/05/1992 Joan Jett Asphalt Ballet
Prix Jam '92 06/06/1992 Bugs Beddow
The Civilians
Honeymoon Suite
Robby Krieger
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
Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival 09/03/1992 Marcus Belgrave
Roy Brooks
Freddie Hubbard
Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival 09/04/1992 Marcus Belgrave
Wendell Harrison
Louis Hayes
Billy Higgins
Cedar Walton
Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival 09/05/1992 Marcus Belgrave
George Benson [Sax]
Kenn Cox
Roy Hargrove
McKinney's Cotton Pickers
Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival 09/06/1992 Bess Bonnier
Jack Brokensha
Ron English
Ramsey Lewis
Harold McKinney
Louis Smith
Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival 09/07/1992 Bess Bonnier
Betty Carter
March of Dimes Walk America Support Concert 04/25/1993 Claim 2 Fame
Jason McCauley Berry
Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival 09/03/1993 Johnny Griffith Darryl Duncan
Lee Hermanson
Gwen Laster
Francisco Mora
Arturo Sandoval
James Tatum