Lucio Fernandez is a multi-award winning actor, singer, director, and producer. His many awards include a "Star" at the Walk of Fame @ Celia Cruz Park, ATI Award, ARTE Award, ITRA Award, ACE Award, STAR Award, HOLA Award, Proclamation from the United States Congress, Proclamation fro the United States Senate, State Proclamation from Governor Chris Christie, and many other Proclamations, Citations, and awards for his artistic achievements and contributions to the community.
He has traveled the world with several Broadway shows including "West Side Story", "Guys And Dolls", "A Chorus Line", "Jesus Christ Superstar", and "On The Town". He has worked with many of Broadway's leading directors and choreographers, including Jerome Robbins, Jerry Zaks, Michael Peters, Robert Longbottom, and Alan Johnson. For three and a half years, he was a principal actor with Repertorio Español in NYC where he performed in such plays as "Strawberry and Chocolate", "Vieques", "Luminaria", "El Publico" by Federico Garcia Lorca, "El Cano", "Te Juro Juana Que Tengo Ganas", and "The Next Stop". Lucio also starred in the Off Broadway plays "Speedo & The Straight Man", "Till Death", and "Busco Amigo". Broadway Workshops include "Tropicana" (Chita Rivera, Artistic Director), "Strides" (Michele Assaf, Choreographer), and "El Shaddai".
As a vocalist, Lucio has recorded three music CD's entitled "American Mambo", "Enamorado" and "Volver a Ti", as well as a poetry CD featuring his own poetry entitled "Lucio Fernandez, Poetry". He has worked extensively as a voice-over artist, and did the looping for the role of "Lazaro" in the award winning feature film "Before Night Falls", and on the feature film "Che" starring Benicio Del Toro. He is also currently a vocalist and manager of the renowned Cuban musical group Maxima Alerta.
Lucio has performed alongside many great artists including Marc Anthony, Shirley MacLaine, Gene Kelly, The Pointer Sisters, Tommy Tune, Susan Lucci, Shirley Verrett, Lupita Ferrer, and Lorna Luft. He has appeared in concert alongside such notable Latin recording artists as Jon Secada, Jose Luis Rodriguez "El Puma", Sophy De Puerto Rico, Elio Roca, El Gran Combo, Roberto Ledesma, and Gilberto Santa Rosa. He has performed at many of the world's finest theaters including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City, the Chatelet in Paris, and the Berlin Opera House. He was invited by the Guayaquil Symphony Orchestra in Guayaquil, Ecuador to perform a solo concert; as well as performed multiple concerts throughout Mexico.
He has made appearances on many television shows including "Law & Order", "All My Children", "Younger" on TV Land, the Emmy Award winning show "30 Rock" on NBC, "Louie" on FX, and "The Jimmy Fallon Show" on NBC. Presently, he is the host of the television show "Live On Stage" and on the show "La Revista Semanal".
Lucio is founder & CEO of MeLu Communications Group, a full service production and public relations company, dedicated to producing for theatre, television, film, and live concerts. The company has served as press agent for many notable stars such as Willy Chirino and El Grupo Niche, and for many organizations such as NJPAC, Bergen PAC, Union City PAC, The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc., and TapOle Dance Company. Through its subsidiary, MeLu Films, the company has produced many films including the feature films "Vampire in Union City" and the documentary films "Bahia de Cochinos, Nuestra Perspectiva" and “Union City, U.S.A.”; as well as many short films such as "Massacre in the Woods", "Under a City Tree", "Blink", "Cubanoson: The Story", "Pissin", "The Embroidery Industry in Union City, NJ", “Sal”, "Painting Linda”, and most recently “The Extinguisher”. Lucio has produced many films with other companies including "The Death of April", "La Academia", "Almas de Furia”, and the upcoming feature film “El Condor en Nueva York”. As a producer, he has produced hundreds of of events, plays, and concerts including at notable venues such as the United Nations, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall.
Lucio is the author of "Union City in Pictures", two poetry books, two children's books, and a dozen plays. He has directed, choreographed, and produced many shows, from big musicals to one character plays, from children's performances to benefit concerts.
As a fine artist, he has exhibited his work at many galleries and museums, including Queens Museum of Art, Union City Museum of Art, Newark Museum of Art, Pace University, Rutgers University, United Nations, and MasterCard World Headquarters.
Lucio is a graduate of Rutgers University, and studied acting in New York City with the legendary acting teacher Bobby Lewis. He was Co-Founder of The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc. and currently serves as Commissioner of the City of Union City. He is an advocate for the arts and is always trying to promote and support artists and the arts in general, as well as stress the importance of the arts in every community.
The multi-award winning group Maxima Alerta was honored as “Latin Group of the Year” by the United States Senate; “Latin Group of the Year” by Communitarian Media Network; Premio ARTE 2017 for “Best Latin Band”, “New Jersey’s Best Latin Group” by Cine & Novelas; Union City Artist Award; final entry on the Latin Grammy’s, and many other awards.
It all began in Santa Clara, a busy city in the center of Cuba, where Ray Machado aka “El Italiano”, the lead singer, musical director, and composer for most of the songs of the group, developed the group.
Maxima Alerta was one of Cuba’s best known and loved fusion bands. The group has moved to the US and it is now based in the NYC area. It is known for its fusion of Cuban Music and other genres forming a fresh hip sound. From son cubano to conga, from cumbia to merengue, from rap to ballads… all with a fresh modern sound taunting audiences on their feet to dance and have a good time.
The group became a local favorite, and for four years Ray worked hard to develop their unique sound and build a following. In 2003 Máxima Alerta exploded on the national scene, hitting radio and television stations with two songs, “Echar pa’ lante” and “Adegüello 1895” which very quickly became popular throughout the country. Thanks to these successes, in 2004 they delivered their new album “Llegaron los Alertas”, recorded at Abdala Studios owned by renowned singer/composer Silvio Rodriguez with the French company Lusafrica, and joining their catalog and sharing the stage with popular groups such as La Orquesta Aragón, Polo Montañez, Anacaona, Isaac Delgado, Osdalgia, among others.
In 2005 Máxima Alerta was nominated to Cubadisco as “Best Album Rap, Dance and Hip Hop” which garnered the group great popularity both nationally and internationally, as well as topping the charts. Later in 2009 the group returned to the top of the charts with the song "La Figura" (“Ay Lola”) recorded with the multi-award winning and internationally renowned group Gente de Zona.
Later in 2011, they released the CD “Alertas para Todos”, recorded and produced by Nando Pro in Havana, Cuba. This is an album containing fourteen tracks, of which six featured special guests: Yulien Oviedo and Dantes (Charanga Habanera); Alexander Delgado y Randy Marcos (Gente de Zona); Sisto Llorente "El Indio" (Orquesta Aragón); Los Cuatro; and Alain Daniel and Ramón Lavado (El Chacal). The CD also features a song dedicated to one of the greatest Cuban baseball players, Victor Mesa.
In October 2015, Maxima Alerta was reborn in the US performing in two SOLD OUT concerts in New York City with legendary merengue superstar Fernandito Villalona. In 2016, Maxima Alerta released its new song "Vive la Vida" with an accompanying music video for which they made it as a final entry on the Latin Grammy’s.
Subsequently the group has had a SOLD OUT concert at the legendary Maxwell’s in Hoboken; a SOLD OUT concert with bachata superstar Anthony Santos at the historic 1,500 seat Park Performing Arts Center; a SOLD OUT concert with Los Van Van at the Infinity Yacht; and a SOLD OUT concert with Yomil y El Dany. The group has performed at DROM, SOB’s, and The Bitter End in NYC, as well as at many large outdoor venues and festivals including the Cuban Parade of New Jersey. Recently the group released a new single “Que Viva USA”, and re-released their hit song “Ay Lola”.
MAXIMA ALERTA will be joining Latin GRAMMY Winner Amaury Gutierrez, cuban heartthrob "El Divo de Placetas" Eduardo Antonio, TV & Radio personality El Pacha, and radio personality Ino Gomez at the Cuban Parade of New Jersey on Sunday, May 20, 2018 beginning at 12:00 PM along Bergenline Avenue from 79th Street to 43rd Street in Union City. Over twenty floats, dance groups, classic cars, and lots of music. Come and enjoy the festivities, and say hi to the members of MAXIMA ALERTA.
Una sola noche!!! "El Divo de Placetas" Eduardo Antonio y la agrupación musical MAXIMA ALERTA en un solo lugar. Una noche inigualable de música y divertido ambiente. El Miercoles, 16 de Mayo, 2018 a las 7:00 PM en La Havana 59, 110 Moonachie Avenue, Moonachie, NJ. Llame para sus reservaciones al: 201-964-9515. No se lo pierda!!!