It's a day of lasts here at Spotlight. After four years of a growing underground movement in D.C. inspired by Fela Kuti, the father of afrobeat, the Afrobeat for Ya Soul! party is coming to an end. The monthly dance parties, spun by DJ Underdog with the best groves from the motherland and layered with local afrobeat bands performing live, gave life to the incense-filled space of Bossa Bistro & Lounge (2463 18th St. NW). Local legend Cheick Hamala will perform live Thursday, and, as it is being billed, "We will shake and sweat and pray and burn and give and paint until we cry, until the floor at Bossa finally falls through."
The "Last Dance" begins at 9:30 p.m., and tickets are $5. For more information, visit lunchboxtheory.com.
An additional goodbye is in store for the monthly, neon-clad, electro-house dance party called Nouveau Riche. For the past seven years, the DJ team of Gavin Holland, Steve Starks and Nacey has hosted an awesome party, formerly at DC9, lately at U Street Music Hall (1115 U St. NW). Now, they have decided to explore solo careers -- you can catch Holland every Friday at Lost Society -- and we, the public, will not experience the monthly events filled with charged remixes that the trio has become known for.
They will be joined by special guest Bird Peterson, and "we intend to get casual," they say.
Tickets are $10. Doors at 9 p.m. For more information, visit nouveaurichedc.com or ustreetmusichall.com.