Robert Castro

Owner, Father & Caretaker

Known by most as "The Don," you can typically find Robert rolling around the Mile High City wearing the most plush mink coats and smoking only the finest Cuban cigars. His inspiration for Ultra5280 came from his first interview with an old friend—Sean Combs—or, Puff Daddy, Puffy, P. Diddy, Diddy.  You say tomato, he says tomato. In any case, Robert did P. Diddy a favor and as the stars aligned, Ultra5280 was created.

 

Maddie Casey

Writer & Photographer

Maddie brings the local flavor to the team. Born and raised in the Mile High City, she's the only Denver native on Ultra5280's roster. Working directly with countless bands of all shapes, sizes and sounds throughout the Denver music scene since 2008, you can usually find this tiny blonde in the crowd (or behind the merch booth) at nearly every local show year round. Although the Denver music scene is her "thing," she has toured on the Vans Warped Tour, helped bring Chicago-based punk festival Riot Fest to the Mile High City in 2013, and has permanent residency on multiple couches in L.A. Camera in hand at most times, you'll see plenty of local and national coverage form her on the blog.

 

Matthew Smith

Photographer

Matt comes to us with a degree in handsomeness (and photography) from the eastward lands of Chicago, Illinois. A well-groomed young man, Matt's passion for mustaches makes him perfect for Denver. And his passion for photography is a perfect fit for Ultra5280, so we'd like to keep him!  He also loves to occasionally blow shit up on his new XBox One.

 

McClain Morris

Writer

A California native, snow enthusiast and music connoisseur with a passion for local bands (musicians with a tattoo or mustache are always a plus), McClain brings the sass to the 5280. She recently graduated from CU-Boulder with a degree in creative writing, psychology, keg stands—and being okay with losing every football game. As a yogini, you can usually find McClain anywhere from happy baby pose to happy hour. Fact: She's never been stung by a bee, broken a bone, and has a particular weakness for Ja Rule. Baby boy, put it on her. 

 

Ashley M. Halligan

Writer & Mischief Seeker

A storyteller, wanderer and lover of jams, Ashley hails from the Appalachian foothills with a degree in journalism, and has landed in Austin, Texas where she writes (mostly music and travel), explores and catches every show she can. When she isn't in the middle of a crowd dancing her ass off, she can be found on the open road with her nomad dog (Timber), sunhat and camera—or, on occasion, vino drunk and booking international flights. She's interviewed folks like Lionel Richie and Lance Armstrong, and is on a steady mission to change the world—one mile, one syllable, and one {mis}adventure at a time.