Good Day Alabama: April 22, 2016

Good Day Alabama: April 22, 2016

Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:

JEH JEH LIVE - The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama is this weekend at Barber Motorsports Park! The 17-turn, 2.3-mile road course promises a great race!  The park prepares to host 80,000 visitors this weekend!  Helio Castroneves, Will Power, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Josef Newgarden are the only drivers to have won at Barber Motorsports Park. The action begins with practice today and tomorrow at 11am. The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama is a 90 lap race beginning at 2:45pm on Sunday. Gates open at 7:30am each morning and trams run daily around the campus. Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday parking is free onsite at the Barber Motorsports Park. Sunday onsite parking is available for purchase for both cars and motorcycles. All other spectators will receive complimentary offsite parking at The Outlet Shops of Grand River with a brief shuttle to the Park.Fans are allowed to brings coolers to the park but there will be plenty of food vendors in the Fan Zone, also! For tickets or more information, visit

NEW ORLEANS JAZZFEST - Forty six years ago New Orleans, a city known for extravagant Mardi Gras parades and savory cuisine, gave birth to the world's largest music festival solely devoted to New Orleans' jazz and the city's unique culture. What started in 1970 as a small music festival with only 350 New Orleanians, has blossomed into a super festival that annually hosts more than 500,000 people from all parts of the world. Hundreds of thousands of tourists and locals will flock to this year's Jazz Fest to embrace the Big Easy's seductive ambiance and enjoy the tunes of world-renowned musicians like Stevie Wonder, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Van Morrison and local musical icons like Irma Thomas, Preservation Hall and Jon Cleary. Recent Grammy Award Winner and New Orleans local, Jon Cleary, joined us from Preservation Hall to talk about the festival. His band performs there next weekend. Jon Cleary is a New Orleans funk and R&B musician who was born in Kent, England and raised in a musical family.  Beyond Cleary's impeccable skills as a vocalist, he is known around the world as an accomplished pianist and guitarist. Learn more about Jon Cleary at

BBJ - Janice talked with Brent Godwin from the Birmingham Business Journal. They discussed how Birmingham is in short supply of real estate and how fast homes are selling. They also discussed how millennials aren't saving enough to buy homes. For more on these and other business stories, visit

REMEMBERING PRINCE - We took several opportunities to look back at the life and career of Prince. The legendary musician died yesterday at the age of 57. We talked with both former MTV VJ Alan Hunter and UAB Professor of Music Dr. Henry Panion for a look at his impact on the music industry!

BARGAIN CAROUSEL - The Junior League of Birmingham's Bargain Carousel brings you some great deals this weekend! Throughout the years, the JLB's Bargain Carousel has provided thousands of shoppers the opportunity to purchase many of life's necessities at extremely discounted prices. The proceeds that are raised through this event are used to support the community projects with the Junior League's partner agencies, which depend on the funds raised to support their missions. One of the projects is FOCUS On Recovery, a non-profit located right here in Hoover, which focuses on the well-being of women in recovery from alcohol, drugs and other related behaviors is one of the beneficiaries of Bargain Carousel. The 1000-family garage sale has been labeled the "largest garage sale in Birmingham." There will be more than 100,000 items for sale including adult clothing, appliances, art, books, music, children's clothing, electronics, furniture, heirloom items, holiday decorations, home décor, infant furniture and accessories, kitchen Items, lighting, linens, office equipment and furniture, outdoors and sporting goods, rugs and toys. Thanks to Hoover Baptist Medical Center, Bargain Carousel will be held again this year, in Hoover, on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24 at 2467 John Hawkins Parkway/Highway 150. The sale will be located in the old Princeton-Hoover location. Shoppers can easily take Exit 10, right off of I-459 and follow the signs to find Bargain Carousel.  In 2015, more than 500 tickets were pre-sold the day before Bargain Carousel opened its doors. People began lining up the night before to reserve their spot to pre-purchase tickets. This year, the pre-sale will be held at the sale location on Friday, April 22 from 2 - 6 p.m., where shoppers may purchase up to four tickets at $10/ticket to the Saturday sale. Bargain Carousel 2016 will begin on Saturday, April 23 from 8 am–5pm.  Tickets from 8–10am are $10/ticket and from 10am–5pm are $5/ticket.  It continues Sunday, April 24 from 1–5pm with free admission and half price merchandise. For the Saturday sale, all tickets are numbered, and shoppers will enter Bargain Carousel in the order of their ticket number. For information about Bargain Carousel 2016, call 205-879-9861, visit

ZOO CREW - Amanda Hawkins joined us from the Birmingham Zoo to let Mickey know about the Tails in the Trails fundraiser. Tickets are on sale now. Tails in the Trails is presented by the Birmingham Zoo Junior Board! It will be next Friday, April 29 from 6:30-10:30pm. It includes an evening of food from Happy Catering Company, drinks, an auction and live music by Gentleman Zero! This 21 and up event is one you won't want to miss. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Visit to purchase tickets and for more information.

COMEDIAN - Widely known as the star of numerous stand-up comedy tours including the highly lauded "Royal Comedy Tour," of winter/spring 2010 playing huge theatres at home and abroad and headlining special engagements at the nation's hottest comedy clubs, Don "D.C." Curry's talents are far more than meets the eye at a single glance. At second glance you'll see him co-starring in major studio pictures or taking the duties of leading man in indie feature films. Look again and you'll see him touring the country as the lead in a hit stage play or serving as the front man of his own R&B and Blues band. Take yet another glimpse or listen and you'll hear him shining as a skilled voice-over artist on hit TV shows like Boondocks. Bottom line, DC Curry is a very versatile, and extremely funny man. For tickets or more information for this weekend's appearances, call the Stardome at 205-444-0008 or visit

MR. SIPP - Castro Coleman a-k-a Mr. Sipp "The Mississippi Blues Child" performed his music for us this morning. He began playing the guitar at the tender age of 6. Due to hard work and perseverance Mr. Sipp is now an awesome vocalist, songwriter, musician, composer, producer and entertainer. You can hear him tonight at 7pm at The Perfect Note in Hoover - 1845 Montgomery Hwy S. Suite 201. For more information, call (205) 986-7280.

Next week on Good Day Alabama, local actor Grayson Russell picks up another big role! He talks with us about "Mother's Day." We look at the latest options in counter tops in Our House! David Baldacci releases his latest book and tells us all about it! Comedian Sinbad comes town and brings us a few laughs! Nikki Sixx brings his latest band to town. We talk with him about the SIXX A.M. show! Our experts join us to answer your questions about your garden, fishing, and your pet's health! We introduce you to our Pet of the Week and check out your entertainment headlines! Join us for this and much more next week on Good Day!