A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine checked out Trippin' Billies, the supposed best Dave Matthews cover band. I am not too knowledgeable on the music of Dave Matthews, but my friend says that the band sounded just like the real one.
Even though it was a cover band, Fine Line tickets for this event were a hot item. Never in a million years could you buy a Dave Matthews band ticket for less than $100 dollars, but the cover band only charged a $15 cover. It's an affordable alternative to the real thing.
Trippin' Billies are from Chicago and gained a strong following from their days at Luther College. They started out just like any other band, working their way from basements to clubs and then clubs all over the midwest. Based on their 'about me' on their Myspace page, the band sells out venues much larger than the Fine Line, so next time they are in town Fine Line tickets may be just as difficult as Dave Matthews band tickets to find!
It sounds like they tour the midwest extensively, so look for them in a town near you!