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
DEMF 05/27/2001 John Acquaviva
Binary Star
De La Soul
Laurent Garnier
Kenny Larkin
Mix Master Mike
Stacey Pullen
Saul Williams
Common Factor
Mark Farina
Michael Geiger
Kid Koala
Alton Miller
Optic Nerve
Don Q
Kevin Reynolds
Todd Sines
Mitch Walcott
Rick Wilhite
Keith Worthy
DEMF 05/28/2001 Juan Atkins
Carl Cox
Derrick May
Kevin Saunderson
John Briggs
LTJ Bukem
Dark River Collective
Funk D'Void
Inner City
Legal Alien
Jim Masters
MC Conrad
Random Noise Generation
Patrick Russell
Celebrity Homecoming 07/21/2001 Stevie Wonder
The Temptations
Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival 08/31/2001 Charles Boles
The Brothers Groove
Dan Brubeck
Wilton Felder
Tommy Flanagan
Albert Heath
Christian McBride
Marlena Shaw
Louis Smith
Peter Washington
Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival 09/01/2001 Toshiko Akiyoshi
James Carter
Thornetta Davis
Jimmy Smith
Lew Tabackin
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
DEMF 05/25/2002 Juan Atkins
DEMF 05/26/2002 Dave Clarke
George Clinton
Eddie Fowlkes
DEMF 05/27/2002 AUX 88
Dilated Peoples
Curtis Jones
Melvin Oliphant
Detroit International Jazz Festival 08/30/2002 Carl Allen
Bess Bonnier
Curtis Fuller
Louis Hayes
Mulgrew Miller
David "Fathead" Newman
Cedar Walton
Rodney Whitaker
Detroit International Jazz Festival 08/31/2002 Carl Allen
Charles Boles
George Cables
Sonny Fortune
Branford Marsalis
Frank Morgan
Jeff Watts
Rodney Whitaker
Detroit International Jazz Festival 09/01/2002 Roy Ayers
The Brothers Groove
Regina Carter
Thornetta Davis
Teddy Edwards
Lonnie Smith
Louis Smith
Detroit International Jazz Festival 09/02/2002 Geri Allen
George Benson [Sax]
Pete Fountain
Johnny O'Neal
Donald Walden
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
26th Annual International Jazz Festival 09/02/2005 Marcus Belgrave
The Funk Brothers
David "Fathead" Newman
The Regal Brass Band of New Orleans
26th Annual International Jazz Festival 09/03/2005 Bettye LaVette
Dr. John
Nathaniel Mayer
Sir Mack Rice
John Sinclair
McCoy Tyner
Randy Weston
Joe Zawinul
Tom Allport
Bop Culture
Oscar Castro-Neves
Joan Crawford
Joey DeFrancesco
Hot Club of Detroit
Jeremy Kittel
Ilona Knopfler
The Regal Brass Band of New Orleans
Don Swindell
26th Annual International Jazz Festival 09/04/2005 Carl Allen
Geri Allen
Johnnie Bassett
Marcus Belgrave
The Brothers Groove
Ronnie Cuber
Cornell Dupree
Les McCann
Medeski Martin & Wood
T.S. Monk
Airto Moreira
David "Fathead" Newman
Louis Smith
Toots Thielemans
Joe Weaver
Gerald Wilson
Marcia Ball
Stanley Banks
Ron Blake
Carl Cafagna
Oscar Castro-Neves
Nancy Davis
Howard Johnson
Bill O'Connell
Rapa House Too
The Regal Brass Band of New Orleans
Mary Stallings
Janet Tenaj
Kenny Werner
26th Annual International Jazz Festival 09/05/2005 Alberta Adams
The Blind Boys of Alabama
Randy Brecker
Dave Brubeck
Hiram Bullock
Thornetta Davis
Bill Evans
Odessa Harris
Charles McPherson
Donald Walden
Gerald Gibbs
Roderick Harper
Sean Jones
The Regal Brass Band of New Orleans
James Wendell Robinson
Ada Rovatti
James Tatum
Urban Transport
Barbara Ware
Tad Weed
Movement 05/28/2006 John Acquaviva
Kevin Saunderson
Movement 05/29/2006 Carl Craig
Richie Hawtin
Derrick May
Nitzer Ebb
27th Annual International Jazz Festival 09/01/2006 C.J. Chenier
Nathaniel Mayer
27th Annual International Jazz Festival 09/02/2006 Carl Allen
George Bohanon
Bess Bonnier
Hiram Bullock
James Cotton
Kenn Cox
Lou Donaldson
Will Lee
Kirk Lightsey
Taj Mahal
Bennie Maupin
Cecil McBee
Sérgio Mendes
Lewis Nash
Lonnie Smith
Peter Washington
Gerald Wilson
Buckwheat Zydeco
27th Annual International Jazz Festival 09/03/2006 Charles Boles
Thornetta Davis
Barry Harris
Richie Havens
Ahmad Jamal
Will Lee
Kirk Lightsey
Idris Muhammad
David "Fathead" Newman
Sun Messengers
Donald Walden