Story by Ashley Whaley
50 College Avenue in Rexburg, Idaho, has been the hub for many businesses over the past few years. It has been transformed from Sammy’s, to Zeeke’s and now Skizzy’s.
“I feel like I have a good team of people helping me that I’ve hired to help me do the marketing, social media, just, like, connect with the students,” said Nathan Payne, owner of Skizzy’s.
Rexburg is home to several local bands that needed a place to play. Skizzy’s provides just that.
With high hopes for Skizzy’s owner Nathan Payne is planning to give students and community members a way to experience the hidden music gems of Rexburg.
“It’s changing the world, especially the Rexburg world,” Payne said.
The Opskamatrists are one local band that are pleased to have a place to play their music in Rexburg
“A venue in Rexburg is a really important thing because this is where we got our start playing music many years ago,” said Bruce Christensen, a member of The Opskamatrists. “And so we love coming back up here because the college students just make it a fun time.”
Skizzy’s is also giving bands the chance to prepare for larger venues.
“We are actually getting ready to go on a tour this spring that I’m helping organize,” said Aaron Pear, a member of The Opskamatrists. “It will be through Montana over to the coast down and back. That’s something a little new that we’re attempting that’s going to be about a week and a half long.”
It’s not just the bands that are excited. Students can’t wait to visit Skizzy’s.
“Its just a super fun environment — really good vibes here,” said Angie Weyburn, a senior studying communication.
Skizzy’s is an all out music venue that strives for a fun atmosphere and socialization.
“I’m trying to make it the spot, just a place where people can meet each other basically,” Payne said.