St. Rita Grads and American Grizzly Band Headed To Nashville for Debut Album

BEVERLY — American Grizzly is proof that Brother RiceMaristSt. Rita and even Evergreen Park high school grads can coexist.

The five-man rock band is headed to Nashville to record its debut album after a successful Kickstarter campaign. American Grizzly met its $7,000 goal at noon on Wednesday - six days ahead of schedule.

The group's demo tracks were all produced courtesy of Matt Ladd, 27, of Beverly. Ladd, the lead vocalist, attended St. Rita in Ashburn and later University of St. Francis in Joliet. He relied on the university's recording studio to get the ball rolling.