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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 have hit the Denver music scene with a solid "live performance" quality for all to enjoy. Collecting thoughts and musicians with long time friend and established drummer, Jake Williams, the two went to work hand picking local musicians that would fit the band's sound in both personality and musicality. With the intricate styles of bass man Vaughn Smith from The Blunt Instruments, the soulful voice of Miranda Clemenson, and the transcending sounds from cellist Kari Clifton the group was complete. Richie Allen & his band have a sound comparable to a combination of Neil Young, Damien Rice, and Dave Matthews.  Aside from the original tunes, the band has covered songs from Cat Stevens to the Notorious B.I.G..

Richie writes endearing songs celebrating the pleasures of the day-to-day, wrapping big ideas in the study of small moments. His voice is soft and gentle as a balladeer yet growls gruff-like when the rocker comes out. Add inspiring lyrics and a variety of acoustic guitar techniques to that commanding voice and you will experience a true taste of today's contemporary sound.

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.

Richie has received his Bachelor of Arts in Classical Guitar from the Metropolitan State University of Denver in December of 2008. He has studied under Alex Komodore and attended a variety of Master Classes with David Russell, Jason Veaux, Ricardo Iznaola, and Paul Galbraith.

For all Booking and Educational Inquiries:  

70 Fox Street
Denver, CO 80223

Richie Allen & his band


Red Gorilla Music Festival

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Red Gorilla Music Festival, 6th Street, Austin, Texas


Richie Allen & the Bad Ideas at Handlebar's rooftop stage March 19th and a show on the 20th at the festival TBA!!! Stay tuned for this awesome experience and great opportunity for the band!

RedGorilla Music Fest launched thirteen years ago as the DreamScapers Artist Showcase and grew each year under that name. In 2007, the showcase was branded as RedGorilla Music Fest, and over 200 artists participated in shows at venues on 6th Street in Austin, Texas. Each year between 2008 and 2014, RedGorilla has hosted between 300 and 550 bands, solo artists, and DJs on up to 11 stages, and the mission remains the same: To promote up-and-coming independent music in all genres and help independent artists further their careers.

The 2015 RedGorilla Music Fest will take place from Monday, March 16 to Saturday, March 21 in venues on 6th Street, right in the heart of all the action. The event continues to be a “No Badge Required” event, it is free to attend and open to the general public.

RedGorilla Music Fest takes place during one of the most important music weeks of the year. The city of Austin, TX hosts the music industry’s premier destination, and thousands of fans and industry professionals descend upon Austin to network and check out new talent. The festival has been an overwhelming success and continues to uphold its reputation as the cool, rebel showcase that caters to talented artists from all parts of the world! RedGorilla offers performance slots to bands, solo artists, and DJs so they can take advantage of this excellent opportunity. RedGorilla Music Fest prides itself on making these showcases the best experience possible for participating artists as well as their fans.

Over the years, some of the hottest up-and-coming acts in the world have been showcased by RedGorilla Music Fest. As a result, RedGorilla Music Fest has received international media attention and a reputation for being the go-to showcase for discovering new music. Showcasing acts have included: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar, Foster the People, Imagine Dragons, Nappy Roots, Colt Ford, Andrew WK, Trail of Dead, Katie Armiger, Here Come the Mummies, The National, Cage The Elephant, Tom Cochran, Earl Greyhound, Talib Kweli, Allen Stone, and hundreds more…

RedGorilla Music Fest is not affiliated in any way with SXSW or South By Southwest, Inc.

Free Age limit: All ages

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