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"Cheers to Buchborn for creating a sound that is easily appealing while still managing to raise the hairs on our back."
           Tim Wenger/Colorado Music Buzz Magazine

"Creative, well-crafted Songwriting and compelling well-executed Performance."

             Kerry Leigh/KDENT Productions
Richie Allen & the Bad Ideas were formed when Richie Allen, hooked with his old friend, and established local drummer, Jake Williams. The two went to work hand picking local musicians that would fit their vision of a live-performance centered aesthetic. The intricate styles of bass man Vaughn Smith from The Blunt Instruments, the soulful voice of Miranda Clemenson, and the transcendent sounds of cellist Kari Clifton rounded out the group. Richie Allen & his band count Neil Young, Damien Rice, and Dave Matthews among their influences.  Although focused on original tunes, the band has covered everyone from Cat Stevens to the Notorious B.I.G..
Richie writes songs celebrating the pleasures of the day-to-day, wrapping big ideas in the study of small moments. The songs range from gentle ballads to gruff rockers, from quiet meditations to inspiring anthems. The connective tissues holding it all together are Richie Allen’s dynamic voice and versatile guitar technique, which can range across genres without ever seeming out of place.
In September of 2014, the song "Last Lullaby" was included among winners of the song contest sponsored by the Colorado Music Business Association. In June of 2012, Richie was a finalist in the songwriting contest hosted by The Philadelphia Songwriter's Project.  After a successful 2013 release of his self-titled album, Richie hit the road and has returned to Denver, Colorado to contribute to the vibrant music scene.

For all Booking Inquiries:  

70 Fox Street
Denver, CO 80223

Richie Allen & his band


KRFC's Live@ Lunch

Fort Collins, CO


Join us at noon Mountain Standard time for a full set and interview on Fort Collins Public Radio! This will be our first live radio recording and we are all stoked to be moving forward. The band will be featuring tunes from the album, "Live at Swallow Hill Music" and a few new tunes. 88.9 fm in the area, or online.

free Age limit: All ages



Casselman's with #FLOAT

Casselmans, 2620 Walnut St, Denver, CO


Performing alongside sibling band, Float like a Buffalo, during their residency at Casselman's in Denver!

free Age limit: 21+


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