NEW ORLEANS – Jimmy Buffett will replace Pearl Jam singer and guitarist Eddie Vedder in the May 3 lineup at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Jazz Fest spans two weekends, April 27-29 and May 3-6.

Vedder canceled when he postponed his 15-city U.S. solo tour because of nerve damage in his right arm.

Buffett is a Jazz Fest veteran who has built an empire based largely on such Caribbean-flavored rock hits. He first performed at Jazz fest in 1989.

Buffett will leave his rock band behind and sing and play acoustic guitar with Mississippi native Mac McAnally.