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Seattle’s Vibrant Live Music Scene




Benjamin “Ben” Shoval is a successful Seattle-based entrepreneur with experience in the diverse fields of computer training, investment management, affordable housing, and high tech. President of Shoval & Co., Ben Shoval is a big fan of music from the Rolling Stones to Maddie & Tae.

Seattle is famous for its live music scene, spawning acts as varied as Gypsy Rose Lee, Pearl Jam, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Those visiting or new to the area can take advantage of several venues for their entertainment.

The Showbox at the Market has been a renowned local venue for national touring acts since 1939. This art-deco ballroom has seen greats like Duke Ellington, Muddy Waters, and the Ramones. A more recent sampling of bands and artists performing at the Showbox includes Prince, Foo Fighters, the Roots, Paul McCartney, and Hey Marseilles.

Other local favorites include Liquid Lounge, Sky Church, Neumo’s, and High Dive. Far from providing merely the famed grunge and emo sounds synonymous with Seattle, the current music scene is churning out new talent in genres from neo-folk to hip hop.


Three Seattle Parks with Scenic Walking Trails

Discovery Park pic

Discovery Park

Benjamin “Ben” Shoval is a Seattle, Washington-based entrepreneur who serves as president of Shoval & Co. In his free time, Ben Shoval enjoys living a healthy lifestyle, which includes participating in long walks.

In Seattle there are many opportunities for residents to take long walks on trails that wind through a number of public parks.

Discovery Park
The largest park in the city, Discovery Park is situated northwest of downtown next to Shilshole Bay. Its 11.8 miles of walking trails include the Wolf Tree Nature Trail, which takes trekkers on a boardwalk across half a mile of wetlands.

Seward Park
For those who prefer paved paths that still afford scenic views, the waterfront loop at Seward Park is an ideal place for a long walk. From the 2.4-mile trail, visitors can enjoy sights of Mount Rainier as well as Lake Washington.

Lincoln Park
Located in West Seattle, the 4.6 miles of walking trails at Lincoln Park are family friendly. The paths at this location allow visitors to travel to heated saltwater pools, picnic areas, playgrounds, and a beach off of Puget Sound.

Top Walking Paths of Seattle

An experienced entrepreneur, Benjamin “Ben” Shoval has served as the president of Shoval & Co since 2004. A resident of Seattle, Washington, outside of the office Ben Shoval enjoys taking long walks through the city.

With more than 100 miles of trails in its 465 parks, Seattle has a trail for every fitness level, from dirt paths to maintained boardwalks.

Seward Park. With a wide 2.4-mile trail for biking and walking, this park covers 300 acres. The park features beaches, a garden area, and an old-growth forest. With multiple path options, it has something for everyone.

The Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park. Near the Myrtle Edwards Park and Elliot Bay Park, the park has wide, paved trails for biking and running. It also has picnic and exercise areas for people who want to take a break during their walks.

Warren G. Magnuson Park. The four-mile walk includes historic structures, public art installations, and sections along Lake Washington. Although it has designated walking trails, the park’s thick trees and brush require sturdy walking shoes.