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New Orleans Jazz Ascona.

(Stefano Musio)

Discover what Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley have in common with the Swiss Army brass band.

The original American rockers as well as the Swiss trumpeters and drummers will be performing at open-air events and festivals in Switzerland next weekend.

Berry and Diddley are headlining the three-day "Piazza Blues" festival from June 27 to 29 in the southern town of Bellinzona.

The Swiss Army Band will take the stage along with orchestras from around the world at the International Alpine Music Festival in the mountain resort of Saas Fee. The seven days of concerts begin on June 29.

The accent will be on modern pop at the Open Air St Gallen Festival, with Travis, Sens Unik and Zucchero topping the bill from June 28 to 30. They will be joined by about 35 other acts on two outdoor stages.

400 jazz hours

The lakeside resort of Ascona in the southern canton of Ticino is promising 400 hours of non-stop jazz over 10 days starting on June 28.

The New Orleans Jazz Ascona festival bills itself as one of the biggest events in the world devoted to traditional jazz. Now in its 17th year, it boasts an all-star line-up headed by some of the top names in American jazz including Leroy Jones, Bucky Pizzarelli and the Canadian saxophonist, Jim Galloway.

The Bernese Oberland resort of Interlaken has become a mecca for country music fans. From June 28 to 30, it will play host to the International Trucker and Country Festival.

Besides the twang of western guitars, there will be country dancing, an amusement park and of course, hundreds of trucks decked out in their Sunday best.

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