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Dr. Leo Casino and the HISTORY OF mIAMI bEACH

WISH YOU WERE HERE - the history of Miami Beach - The Musical: LEO CASINO - playing music in Miami Beach & Miami since the 60's

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LEO CASINO - playing music in Miami Beach & Miami since the 60's
Today at 11:38am

LEO CASINO - from Pittsburg to Miami, Miami Beach, Overtown - and a visit with Manuel Noriega.

Sax player Leo has been playing on the Beach since 60’s and had some stories to tell. Leo comments, "I have played on Miami Beach since the days when Elvis, Wayne Cochran and so many other great musicians worked Collins and Ocean drive. Played at the Newport, Mangos, Living room, Jazid, Castaways and so many others. I now play at Mynt and numerous hotels,clubs and other venues on the beach.I am probably the longest running musician still performing on the beach since the 1960's.

Leo has great credentials. He is a Grammy-nominated composer and sax artist, who has recorded 100+ songs, scored/acted in 18 movies and has appeared on the Geraldo, Maury Povitch, and Today Shows. He recently performed at the Memphis Jazz Festival, Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival and numerous festivals and concerts around the globe.

Also Leo has performed with many greats including George Benson, Earth, Wind & Fire, Neil Diamond, Jimi Hendrix, Donny Hathaway, Peter Tosh, Neville Brothers, Miles Jaye, Bob Marley, Gloria Gaynor, Robert Flack, Lionel Richie, Grace Jones, Meat Loaf and Jaco Pastorius—to name just a few. Casino is adept on alto, soprano and tenor sax. He is also an accomplished dancer, singer, composer and bandleader.

Leo in South Beach
When Leo first arrived in Miami in 1965, however, things were not so grand. At 15 years old, he arrived from Pittsburg, a member of an 11-piece band. They played all over the area, in Miami, the Beach, Overtown. In those days when segregation was still the norm in Miami, Black bands were offered a “contract” whereby the band would get rail transportation to Miami, a one-bedroom apartment on 7th Avenue in Overtown (for all the players), and $1 per diem per person.

Leo remembers that all Blacks were supposed to get a work card to be on Miami Beach. “I refused,” he stated, “If I had a dollar for every time some cop stopped me coming to the Beach and then would escort me to the bridge and send me away, I would be wealthy today.” Leo said that band would just turn around and try again, through another route, the 79th Street Causeway or something.

On the Beach, says Leo, 90% of the chauffeurs and maids used to be Black. Some of the chauffeurs had great stories to tell about passengers such as Frank Sinatra and Madonna. One cabbie took Mother Teresa all over to Liberty City, Opa-Locka, Overtown -- to crack houses etc. -- until 2-3 in the morning. “She was fearless.” Leo also remembers how various places on the Beach, even within the last 10-12 years, have tried to restrict or hinder Blacks from coming in -- several boycotts and lawsuits, related to discrimination, originated in Miami Beach (think Thai Tony and Denny’s).

Leo likes to tell the good stuff, along with the bad, about Miami. “When I first came down here, even up 'til now, being in Miami has opened me up to so many different cultures. I even worked with Jewish musicians who had numbers on their arms from concentration camps.” (He tells the story of one sax player who got caught twice by the Germans, once in Germany and later in France. This guy made it through the camps by carving wooden chess sets for the guards.) “I would play for Bris celebrations, Bar Mitzvahs, Bas Mitzvahs. It gave me a chance to meet new people, to break misconceptions.”

Lionel Richie and Leo
“In the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s,” comments Leo, “there was a lot of independent theater work in Miami Beach. Somebody would get an idea, write it and find a location. The artists had a community.” Leo wrote several productions, including one about Nelson Mandela and another about Miami Beach, called “East of Overtown.” At the Cameo Theater in South Beach, Leo starred as General Noriega in a production that he had conceptualized, called “I am Innocent: General Noriega.” This production evolved from a short letter that Leo sent to Noriega, asking him for his side of the story after the U.S. invaded Panama. Noriega replied, the New Times did an article, and Noriega’s lawyer Frank Rubino was in touch with Leo.

There was even some talk with Oliver Stone about doing a movie, but when that didn’t come to fruition, Leo decided to do a musical theater production in collaboration with the ART-ACT theater group. At the performance, Noriega’s wife, daughter and lawyer were in the audience, along with Janet Reno, and some government agents and elected officials. Since Noriega was famous for his machete, Leo waved one around in the air too.

Along the way, Leo has met, worked with, and mentored many famous performers (see his website http://www.leocasino.us/intro.html). He gives a special thanks to those people who have helped him along his journey. Leo comments, “At a young age, my father abandoned me. So I say that I don’t have one father. I have had 100 fathers, all older musicians and friends, both in Pittsburg and here in Miami.”


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At 2:46pm on March 27, 2012, Brian Charles said…

Prophetic Words of Judgment Against Miami and Florida  part 1

Given through Brian Charles


“Flee this place, city of My wrath!”  --Miami

“You MUST flee this place, city of sin.”  “You MUST go!”  --Miami

“It will all be blasted apart by My hand!”  --Miami-Dade County

“Flee this place, city of sin.”  “Blasted apart in an instant!  It MUST go.”  --downtown Miami

“Monuments of pride—blasted away!”  --downtown Miami

“It’ll be blasted away in a day.”  “Blasted to pieces!”  --Miami

“It’ll all be blasted away.”  --Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach

“All this will be gone in a flash!”  --Fort Lauderdale

“All this will be blasted away by the fire of My wrath!”  downtown Fort Lauderdale

“It’ll all be gone!”  “It’ll be sheer terror!”  “It’s the End Times!”  “The bombs are already in place.”

“All this will be history.”  “It’ll be pure terror!”  “It’ll be nuclear destruction!”

“All this must be history.  It will happen suddenly.”  “It all must go! “  “It’s the end of the Age!”

“Someday these’ll be gone.”  --downtown hotels

“They’ll be reduced.”  --the amount of wealthy people in Miami

“Your enemies are plotting an attack against you.  From the sea.”  “There is NOTHING hidden from Me!”

“Let Me nuke ‘em!  I can’t use them.  They are a pain to Me.”  --the Jewish people in Miami

“You see these towers?  They’ll all come down in an instant!”  --Miami Beach

“All this will be gone in an instant!”  --South Beach

“City of sin.”  --South Beach, Miami

“Drowned in water.”  “They are (evil).  That’s why I’M going to sink it under the ocean.  They are (evil).  That’s why I’M going to sink it under the ocean.”  “I’M going to destroy them.”   --the evil people of FL

This’ll all be a thing of the past.”  --restaurants, nightlife

“It’ll all be swept away.”  “It’ll all be swept away be a mighty tidal wave.”  --Miami Beach, South Beach

“I want to nuke it with the fire of My wrath!”  “I want to blast it with the fire of My wrath!” “You’ll see it gone.”  “All these buildings will be blasted away.” –Miami-Dade County

“You see these buildings?  They’ll be rubble!”  “It will all be destroyed in an instant!”  --South Beach

“I want to blast it with the fire of My wrath!”  “It’s sin has come before Me.”  --South Beach, Miami

“I will save who I will save.”

“These piers will be gone, submerged under the sea.”

“All submerged under the sea.”  --North Palm Beach

“Get out of here—it’ll be gone in a second!”  “You shall go.”  --West Palm Beach

“I want to destroy this town.  That’s what I’ll do.  It’ll be gone in a nuclear flash!”  --Miami-Dade County

“All this will be burned by fire of My hand.”  --Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Dade County

“I want to blast this place suddenly.  Few will survive.”  --Miami

“All this will be submerged under the sea.  All its pomp will be gone.  Only a handful will survive.”

“All this will be submerged under the sea.”  --Miami, Coral Gables

“It’ll all be submerged underwater.”  --Miami

“Someday it’ll be submerged underwater.”  --the Everglades

“Peninsular Florida will be gone, submerged by My wrath!”

“Peninsular Florida will be gone!—by My wrath!” 


At 2:46pm on March 27, 2012, Brian Charles said…

Prophetic Words of Judgment Against Miami and Florida part 2


“Peninsular Florida will disappear.”  “It will all be submerged by My hand!”

“Peninsular Florida will be submerged under the ocean.”

“Someday it’ll be underwater.”  “It will all be submerged by My hand.”  --Florida

“Submerged underwater—the whole of Florida.” 

“The islands will be covered by water.”

“It’s all going down.”   Southern Florida

“Leave it all behind.  They won’t serve Me.”  “I shall judge this place.”  “I’M gonna destroy it all!”  “Great shall be the destruction of this town.  They won’t serve Me.”  --Gainesville

“I’M going to destroy this place.”  --Gainesville

“All this will be blasted away!”  --Hollywood, Florida

“Sunk by My hand.”  --Manatee Memorial Hospital

“All this will be submerged under the sea.”  --Bradenton

“You know I’M gonna plunge this under the sea?  My people won’t serve Me.”  --Bradenton

“You know all this will be submerged under the sea?  My people won’t serve Me.”   --Sarasota

“I’M gonna destroy it!”  Florida State Capitol

“They shall be judged.”  --Florida State Government officials, leaders

“Leave!  I hate this place.  A nest of fools.  They shall be punished, for failing to uphold right.  They shall be destroyed.  You shall see—a mighty destruction upon the capitol.”  “They refuse to obey Me.”  “I’ll destroy this place with sudden force.  They won’t serve Me.”  --Tallahassee City gov’t, FL State gov’t

“I’M gonna destroy it!”  --the phallic-shaped tower in downtown Tampa

“I’M gonna destroy ‘em all!”  --downtown Tampa towers

“I want to destroy this place.  That’s what I’M gonna do—with a nuclear blast suddenly.  Great shall be her destruction.  Because My people refuse to serve Me.”  --Tampa

“You see, all this will be blasted away!”  --downtown Tampa

“Gone by thermonuclear blast!”  “City of My anger.”  --Tampa

“I’ve been merciful long enough.”  “They won’t repent.”  “I must destroy.”  “…of destruction.  You will see My hand.  You will see.”  --word of God’s judgment against Tampa

“I want to submerge this place!”  --St. Petersburg, Florida

“Someday this will all be submerged by My hand!”  --St. Petersburg

“Soon those buildings will be submerged.”  --downtown St. Petersburg, all of Florida

“Some of those cities will be blown up by nuclear explosions.”  --Florida cities

“Do not glory in nuclear destruction.”  “I’M gonna suddenly destroy this Empire!”

“I wanna destroy it.  That’s what I’ll do.”  “It’ll be nuked off the Earth!”  --Jacksonville

“I want to destroy this place.”  “I’ve been merciful long enough.”  “All buildings of downtown…blasted by nuclear fire!”  --Jacksonville

“I’M gonna destroy this place.  You shall see.”  --Tallahassee

“Blasted away by nuclear fire!”  --AT&T Tower, downtown Jacksonville

“I’m gonna dry up the state.”  “It’ll be desert.”  --Florida

“All this will be dried up.  Drought will envelop the land.  My people refuse to serve Me.”  --Florida

“I’ll dry up the farmland.  Farms will be a thing of the past.”  “It’ll dry up.”  --Florida farmland

“I’ll dry it up, and all of Florida!”  --Lake Okeechobee

“I shall drain it dry.”  --Lake Okeechobee

“I’ll judge for that!”  --the Brazilian partying lifestyle

“It’ll be sunk under the sea!”  --coastal Brazil


At 2:46pm on March 27, 2012, Brian Charles said…

Prophetic Words of Judgment Against Miami and Florida  part 3

“I’M gonna destroy ‘em all!”  --towers of the world

“These’ll be a rarity.”  --flowers

“It’s a place of Satan.  They don’t serve Me.”  --Hillel Jewish Center

“I’ll tear it down!”  --the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, I-275

“They’ll be gone too!”  “Gone in an instant!”  --yachts, cruise liners

“Someday it’ll be a thing of the past.”  --The U.S. Navy

“It’s all going under.”  --the U.S. economy

“I will destroy them all!”  -- God’s people- the Christians and the Jews

“They serve Baal, not Me!”  --God’s people, the Christians and the Jewish people

“They’ll be destroyed, by false spirits.”  --Christians who reject the Holy Ghost-filled life

“I’ll definitely judge for that!”  --the Bride of Christ, abandoning the Lord for the world, turning Herself into the Whore of Babylon

“I’ll surely judge for that!”  --Christians who stay behind to accumulate finances, never fulfilling God’s will to go out West

“I’M going to judge My people because of that!”  --refusing to obey God

“I’ll judge for that!  “I’ll definitely judge for that!”  --God’s people chasing after the almighty dollar

“I’ll judge for that!”  --God’s people being after money and worldly stuff

“I’ll judge for that!”  --Christians who won’t give it all up to follow Christ

“I’ll judge for that.”  --Christians loving the world

“I’M afraid that’s true.”  --God’s people want their “fire insurance” covered, yet still stay in the world

“A lot of ministry is not of Me.”  “I give you children.”  --young, immature pastors

“Weep for the misery.”  “That’s gonna happen to this country.”  --years of famine

“I’M gonna suddenly destroy this country!”  “I’m going to destroy your Empire.”

“I’ll judge for that.”  --peoples’ excuses

“I’ll judge for that.”  --people rejecting Truth for learning

“I’ll judge for that!”  --the vanity of womens’ hairstyles

“I’ll judge for that!”  --women who get careers, not husbands

“I’ll judge for that!”  --the world working on Sundays

“I’ll judge for that!”  --the world being a very busy place

“I’ll judge for that.”  --no affordable housing

“I’ll judge for that.”  “I’ll surely judge for that!”  --doctors overcharging patients for medical care

“I’ll judge for that.”  “I’ll definitely judge for that!”  --cities full of money-hungry people all racing around

“I’ll definitely judge for that!”  --women who wait to marry the “highest bidder”

“I made ‘em that way.”  --the insolence of young girls

“I will definitely judge for that!  You can count on it!”  --people who refuse to take a stand for what is right because of what it will cost them

“I’ll definitely punish for that!”  --the people of the world not being interested in the Gospel

“I can do anything for you.”  “I can take you anywhere.”  “I will keep you safe from the Father’s wrath.”

“I’ll be as hard on you as you are on others.”

“I’ll be with you!”  --when the rules of society changes overnight

“I’ll be with you as the world ends.”  --says Jesus

“You MUST publish that!”  “You MUST tell.”  “You MUST warn people!”  You MUST warn!”

“Warn My people of their nuclear destruction.”  --says Jesus


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After you ck it out, please e-mail me bk at ptriplec@aol.com with your thoughts and or comments. Be Blessed
At 5:44pm on May 21, 2009, Alex said…
Friend, does your church have an e-mail where I can send my prayer requests to? I really need prayer support right now.
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So glad you are here.Enjoy and Be Blessed
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