About 1000 Watt Prophets

Dubbing their music “Soulful Americana,” 1000 Watt Prophets was formed by Zak Bunce and Denny Richards after 15 years of playing countless one-off duo hits and performing together in a number of short-lived bands. Fortifying the group with some of the best musicians Northern Michigan has to offer, Zak and Denny have turned the band into a powerhouse combo centered around their longtime synergy and rock-solid musical foundation. 

The band has earned a reputation for throwing down new takes on old sounds - blending Soul, Americana, Blues, R&B, Rock, Jazz, and Gospel feels via their original music and a fun selection of both well-known and deep-cut covers.  Zak and Denny’s years of performing together has offered the band a tight vocal blend and an almost telepathic musical connection that sets them apart from most of their contemporaries. 

1000 Watt Prophets is a band that is never content to be sitting still - they added 6 new venues to their circuit in 2022, and Zak and Denny have been working on original material for an expected late 2023 release tentatively entitled “Paint the Moon.”  Whether playing live as a duo or trio or recording in the studio, “The Prophets” will always be a band on the move!


Influences: The Wood Brothers, Nathan Rateliff and the Night Sweats, John Hiatt, The War and Treaty, Leon Bridges, Tom Waits, Chris Stapleton, Mayer Hawthorne, The Band, Tom Petty, Motown, Stax, Traditional Jazz, World Beat Music.  And all of the music that influenced the above!

Events
Leelanau UnCaged - Northport, MI 
Northport Art Association Brush and Fork - Northport, MI 
New Year's Eve at Crooked Tree Arts Center - Petoskey, MI 
Northern Michigan Small Farms Conference - Traverse City, MI
Gopherwood Made in Michigan Fundraiser - Cadillac, MI 
Barley, BBQ, and Beats - Cadillac, MI

Concert Series 
Summer Sunset Concert Series - Elk Rapids, MI
Live on the Lake Concert Series - Charlevoix, MI
Music in the Park - East Jordan, MI
Rocky Top Farms Third Thursday Concert Series - Ellsworth, MI
Tru Fit Tiny Parking Lot Concert Series - Traverse City, MI
Coyote Crossing Summer Concert Series - Cadillac, MI
Old Mission Bowers Harbor Park Concert Series - Traverse City, MI

Festivals
Earthwork Harvest Gathering -  Lake City, MI
Depot Music Fest - Cadillac, MI 
Cadillac Craft Beer Festival - Cadillac, MI
Cadillac Festival of the Arts - Cadillac, MI

Lake Ann Concert in the Park Festival - Lake Ann, MI

Clubs   
The Mitten Bar - Ludington, MI
Union Street Station - Traverse City, MI
East Park Tavern - Charlevoix, MI
Thirsty Fish Bar and Grille - Traverse City, MI
City Park Grill - Petoskey, MI 

Microbreweries 
The Filling Station - Traverse City, MI
Hop Lot Brewing Company - Suttons Bay, MI
Raven Brewing & BBQ  - Cadillac, MI
The Workshop - Traverse City, MI
Lake Ann Brewing Company - Lake Ann, MI
Fresh Coast Brewing - Traverse City, MI
Beards Brewing - Petoskey, MI