As Tim Warren and Eric Donnelly took the stage at the Quick Center last Thursday evening, they were met with an uproarious applause.

The Fairfield alum returned for a concert with their band The Alternate Routes for an evening of music, as well as an evening with familiar faces.

“It’s so great to be back here playing at Fairfield,” Warren said.

The two hour long set included local fan favorites from the album such as “Constellation Prize” and “The Money’s Gone” as well as some new songs the band worked on over the summer.

“It was a great show,” said Lauren Fedechena ’05. “They played a lot of songs from the album which was great because I knew them. Everyone was singing along.”

Some of the highlights of the show included when Warren did a solo performance the Fairfield favorite “Simple Things,” which had the whole crowd singing along.

“I don’t know why,” said Warren, “but this song really seems to mean a lot to people.”

One of the greatest surprises of the night came when applied ethics professor Dr. David Schmidt joined the band for an impromptu performance.

Schmidt joined the band for several songs including a cover of “Sweet Home Chicago.” Schmidt also chimed in with two guitar solos which had all the students on their feet.

“I loved it!” said Caban of Schmidt’s performance. “He was really into it and it was nice to see some of Fairfield’s staff participating in a student event.”

“Schmidt really brought the excitement up a lot,” Fedechena agreed.

Overall the show seemed to be a success for the band, who received a standing ovation from the crowd of about 300 people and were called back for an encore.

“I thought it was a fantastic show by the guys,” said Caban, “I think the new songs were great and it was nice to have them back at Fairfield.”

For more of The Alternate Routes go to www.thealternateroutes.com for a list of upcoming shows.

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