MEET THE TEAM

 

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.

E: castro@ultra5280.com

 
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Maddie Casey

Music Editor

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, and has permanent residency on multiple couches in L.A. Camera in hand at most times, the only thing that outweighs her love of Red Pandas is her love for live music.

E: maddie@ultra5280.com

 
 

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

Lifestyle Editor

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. 

 

Andrew Rios

Music Contributor

Andrew came to us as a Californian immigrant who migrated to Telluride a few years back, and eventually found his way to the Denver music scene. In the summer months you'll most likely find him at local shows and festivals sipping on fresh brews, but when it comes time for winter you can count on him having a face full of snow up in the mountains.

 

Tiffany Candelaria

Lifestyle Contributor 

Tiffany fled the Phoenix desert for the lush trees and hip city of Portland as soon as she was 18 and earned her degree in Communication & Journalism from the U of Portland. Shortly after, her father's hometown of Denver became a happy medium for her and she eagerly dove into the local food, events, and cultural scene. Aside from hugging trees and happy hours, she loves to travel, try new restaurants, research upcoming events, and watch live music. Best of all for us, she loves to write about and photograph her adventures. Some fun facts include visiting 11 countries, attending more Beatles Tribute shows than probably most fifty year olds, and a love of massages and brunch. 

 

Haley Midzor

Music Contributor

Haley recently joined the squad (fresh blood) and looks forward to holding it down in Boulder, though her heart will always be in the beloved city of Denver. Avid consumer of bagel sandwiches (and anything involving carbs + baking in the oven), Haley is a strange spirit who offers an emotive perspective on experiences. Though she will soon graduate with a degree in finance wizardry, her ultimate endeavor is to connect people through writing. She honestly believes there is nothing more powerful and integrative than live music (though really bomb sushi is a close second). Rarely spotted without her purple beats and dancin' shoes, Haley says - "people who don't dance suck and will not be invited to my party... so dance like you do in solitude and join in on this adventure. Cheers!!"

 
 

Liz Whitman

Photographer

Liz is currently attending CU Boulder on a partial competitive jazz dance scholarship. Her favorite color is green, but sadly is unable to wear any green clothes because she was once told by a Clinique lady that she has "witch undertones." When she is not taking pictures at concerts, she enjoys eating her favorite off brand cheese puffs, Sabor de Soledad, and dreaming about her future husband, Astronaut Mike Dexter.

 
 

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.

 
 
 

Mackenzie the Bulldog

Mascot

Mackenzie is our mascot. She is a bulldog and true to her breed enjoys long naps, stubbornness, and the occasional taping of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. She can often be found around the office napping and snoring. She enjoys dog treats and ice cubes and loves RUN DMC and Kacey Musgraves. She has her own Instagram account Mackenzie_Bulldog