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On Wednesday morning, River Jack Z played guitar and led a group of local youths in a jolly song parade through the Saranac Lake Free Library. (Corporate Photo – Aaron Cerbone)

SARANACK LAKE — About 25 children shouted, stomped and sang as they marched through the Saranac Lake Free Library on Wednesday morning. They’re loud, but that’s okay. They were led by River Jack Z to sing songs about food and friendship.

The performance was paid for through the State Arts Council’s Statewide Community Refunding Program grant, administered by the Adirondack Lake Arts Center. River Jack Z is a children’s musician who has been entertaining young people for decades.

Jenny Curtis, who worked in the library, was sought after.

“When I was in elementary school, he was in a band called the Zucchini Brothers, and they used to come to rallies,” Curtis said. “I know the songs.”

The first tape she bought was a Zucchini Brothers album.

On Wednesday morning at the Saranac Lake Free Library, Jack Z. River led a group of local youths in a song about soup made with monkey legs, vulture eggs and salamander eyes. (Corporate Photo – Aaron Cerbone)

Curtis shouted out the lyrics to the song “I love cheese pizza” As loud as the young people in the audience. There was a huge crowd at Kids R Us daycare, and library staff thanked it. They put on the concert without knowing how many people would show up.

River Jack Z led the crowd into songs about brushing teeth, eating right, and soup with chicken lips, lizard buttocks and crocodile eyes.

On Wednesday morning, Jack Z River led a group of local youths to a song about loving pizza at the Saranac Lake Free Library. (Corporate Photo – Aaron Cerbone)

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